There was one other pool worthy signing on Wednesday, which didn't make the publishing cut-off yesterday, as the Nashville Predators locked up forward Calle Jarnkrok to a 6-year deal, worth $12 million. The $2 million cap hit certainly has some potential to be a bargain, as his scoring totals continue to trend upward.
The 24-year old Swede was acquired by the Predators in the 2014 season and has since worked his way into a full-time spot with the team, the 2016 season being his second full season with the club. In 81 games, he scored 16 goals and 30 points, finishing 191st among all forwards in scoring and quietly going about his business.
If last season was any indication, he will get lots of opportunity for offense, as he was lining up with both Ryan Johansen and James Neal for a good portion of the season, after Johansen was brought in from Columbus. With all three signed up for the coming season, I would imagine that those three would be looked towards as a unit to start the year and that familiarity could breed some more offense. My early projection for Jarnkrok is in the 50-point range.
The Predators also added unrestricted free agent defenseman Matt Carle on Wednesday, adding a bit more size and a defensive anchor, likely to offset the offensive push that a P.K. Subban or Ryan Ellis could provide when provoked. With both signings under their roof, the Predators are still sitting with about $5.2 million in cap space, so they are looking very solid for the coming season.
|Filip Forsberg||6.000||P.K. Subban||9.000||Pekka Rinne||7.000|
|James Neal||5.000||Roman Josi||4.000|
|Craig Smith||4.250||Mattias Ekholm||3.750|
|Ryan Johansen||4.000||Ryan Ellis||2.500|
|Mike Fisher||4.400||Matthew Carle||0.700|
|Colin Wilson||3.938||Anthony Bitetto||0.613|
|Kevin Fiala||0.863||Yannick Weber||0.575||Marek Mazanec||0.575|
|Vladislav Kamenev||0.833||Jack Dougherty||0.687||Juuse Saros||0.693|
|Pontus Aberg||0.781||Alexandre Carrier||0.668||Jonas Gunnarsson||0.635|
|Yakov Trenin||0.762||Trevor Murphy||0.640|
|Justin Kirkland||0.718||Petter Granberg||0.613|
|Anthony Richard||0.668||Mikko Vainonen||0.610|
|Felix Girard||0.632||Jaynen Rissling||0.607|
|Max Gortz||0.617||Jonathan-Ismael Diaby||0.588|
|Cody Bass||0.613||Matt Irwin||0.575|
Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, assumed roster fill-ins, injured/retired cap hits, in the system