Capped: Reviewing the Free Agent Frenzy

Alexander MacLean



This week's Capped recaps everything you didn’t know you needed to know about free-agent frenzy.


As of now, more money has been spent on new contracts in the week since July first than you could spend in a lifetime. This is before Erik Karlsson gets traded and then signs an eight-year deal with an AAV of $11-12 million. But since the trade has yet to come to pass, we have plenty to talk about after July 1st, so let’s get to it.


All salary info from capfriendly.


We’re going to quickly recap the same list of 10 skaters that we covered last week to see whether things went according to plan, and what it means moving forward.


John Tavares – Toronto Maple Leafs

New Cap Hit: $11,00,000 (Seven Years)

We all know he signed in Toronto and they’re going to win the cup the next seven years, right? And Tavares is going to win an Art Ross trophy to put on the shelf above his Maple Leafs’ bedsheets? Now you’re all tired of reading about him because he’ll be worth the $11 million? Got it. Moving on.



James van Riemsdyk – Philadelphia Flyers

New Cap Hit: $7,000,000 (Five Years)

The projection model hit the term and the money almost right on the head. Philadelphia was a bit of a surprise team to jump out and snag van Riemsdyk however, but it just means they’re a year early in their Wayne Simmonds succession plan. This gives them options for spreading talent across multiple lines, and offers some depth for when Philly decides to trade for another stop-gap goalie after Brian Elliott and Michael Neuvirth can’t quite cut it. For van Reimsdyk himself, expect similar production from the past few years. Tough to pay $7 million for, but at least you know what you’re getting.



Paul Stastny – Vegas Golden Knights

New Cap Hit: $6,500,000 (Three Years)

Stastny took less of a pay-cut than expected, however he sacrificed term to do so, signing a shorter three-year deal. He capitalized on the rising salary cap, as well as a lackluster market for centres. He is still going to be a tough own at this salary, but Vegas was a good landing spot for his offensive ceiling.



James Neal – Calgary Flames

New Cap Hit: $5,750,000 (Five Years)

Neal got a nice little raise, but actually isn’t as massively overpaid as was expected. His value in Calgary though will be fully tied to Johnny Gaudreau. Neal is unlikely to see much time with anyone on the 3M line, so it’s either top line or bust. If new acquisition