The Philadelphia Flyers signed one of their last key restricted free agents on Wednesday evening, giving defenseman Robert Hagg a 2-year, $2.3 million deal, which tidies up their summer.
The 23-year old Swede played in 70 games for the Flyers last season, scoring 3 goals and 9 points in that time. That was good enough for 177th among all defensemen in scoring, still a ways out of the hockey pool conversation, but with a little more experience and a steady job, we could see a lift into a better fringe position, if not a pool spot.
Possibly a little bit more of a fringe player getting a new deal dropped on Thursday morning, when the Avalanche and defenseman Patrik Nemeth agreed upon a new 1-year, $2.5 million deal, avoiding their arbitration hearing this week.
Nemeth played in 68 games for the Avalanche last season, scoring 3 goals and 15 points, ranking him 129th among all defensemen. The Avalanche have some serious upside heading into the 2019 season and a guy like Nemeth could be one of those guys that benefits enough to slip into the top 100 with a few more points.