Capped: Late-Signing Restricted Free Agents

Eric Daoust




After a busy week of free agent signings, Daoust checks in to dish on the cap league implications.



With the start of the new regular season drawing close, there are still plenty of contractual developments with significant fantasy implications. For the fantasy-relevant players that signed new deals all of them came in lower than expected from a real-life point of view. However, how it translates to fantasy hockey where only the numbers matter is a different story that must be analyzed case by case.


Most surprising is the no-nonsense approach that many GMs are taking when dealing with their restricted free agents. The end result is young players signing for surprisingly-low rates which in cap league greatly helps the player's value. In some instances the recent signings may have created some of the league's best cap bargains for the 2014-15 campaign.


Cody Eakin (DAL) – $1,900,000 / 2 years


Eakin is a solid young two-way forward that is really coming into his own.  His improvement did not go unnoticed as the Stars gave him a nice raise. Still, many poolies were expecting a figure north of $2 million. But even at his current cost his fantasy value is not outstanding.


For starters, Eakin is simply not a great offensive player with a career-high of just 35 points. This could improve over time but with the arrival of Jason Spezza it will be nearly impossible to get many looks in the top-six. Beyond that Eakin is a decent multi-category player with modest contributions across many categories and is surprisingly good getting faceoff wins.


So the verdict is clear: in points-only look elsewhere for a cheaper (or better) alternative. In multi-cat he is a decent asset depending on the categories involved but certainly not a cap bargain.


Cody McLeod (COL) – $1,333,333 / 3 years (starting in 2015-16)


McLeod has quietly been an effective player in deep multi-category leagues over the last several years. Even better is the fact that he has maintained a low cap hit over the years and has only received minimal raises. The end result is excellent numbers in both hits and PIM along with better of