Friday, June 22, 2018

Fringe Signings (Jun 22)

The Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Stephen Johns ahead of the entry draft on Friday, giving him a 3-year, $7.05 million deal.  Johns was just on the outside, looking in, on the hockey pool conversation, ranking 125th among all defensemen in scoring, with 8 goals and 15 points in 75 games.  His salary is the 3rd-highest on the Dallas blueline, which would suggest today that he will be up for an increased role on this team, which is still in dire need of some solid play on the back end.  Can his scoring numbers go up with increased minutes?  You bet.

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed restricted free agent-to-be goaltender Louis Domingue to a new 2-year, $2.3 million deal on Friday and the 57th ranked goalie in hockey pool scoring will be the favourite to play backup to Andrei Vasilevskiy in the 2019 season.  Domingue split the 2018 season between the Coyotes and the Lightning, finishing with 7 wins and 14 points in 19 appearances, which are not excellent numbers, but with a full-time backup job in Tampa, he could work his way into being viable for a hockey pool role.

It wasn't a very good 2018 season for Canucks forward Markus Granlund, but the team still was willing to play ball in his contract negotiation, signing him to a new 1-year, $1.475 million deal on Friday, bringing him back for one more kick at the can. Last season, the 25-year old finished with 8 goals and 12 points in 53 games, which isn't exactly fringe, but he does have a 32-point season under his belt, so there is some precedent there that suggests he could be.  The Canucks need to fill some cap space too, so that could be a bit of why his contract was a bit bigger than expected.

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