Ramblings: Player Signings, Potential 60-Point Players, Raanta the Real Deal (July 18)

Ian Gooding


Player Signings, Potential 60-Point Players, Raanta the Real Deal

Let’s start with some player signings over the last few days.

The Rangers avoided arbitration with Jimmy Vesey by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with a cap hit of $2.275 million per season. In his two seasons with the Rangers, Vesey has posted nearly identical totals of 27 points and 28 points (16 goals and 17 goals, respectively). This is a bridge deal for Vesey, who is being given two more years to prove himself at the NHL level after racking up well over a point per game during his final two seasons at Harvard.

Evan Bouchard has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers. I placed him at number 7 in my fantasy rankings of draft-eligible players. You could make a valid argument that he could be even higher than that.

The Predators have signed Juuse Saros to a three-year, $4.5 million extension. Saros is worth keeping an eye on this season, as Pekka Rinne has one more year left on his $7 million per season contract. If Rinne’s playoff struggles carry over to the regular season, we could be seeing a lot more of Saros. Plus that would give the Preds a chance to see if he’s ready to take over in net in 2019-20. If so, $1.5 million per season for a starting goalie is a sweet deal.

The Ducks have signed Adam Henrique to a five-year deal worth a total of $29.125 million. If you think that’s too much for Henrique, remember that the Ducks could be without Ryan Kesler for the entire season. Henrique seems like an ideal second-line center to replace Kesler, who I would think might not be the same player when he returns – if he returns at all. Remember that Kesler scored just 14 points in 44 games last season, so a reminder that he shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar.

The Flames have signed Elias Lindholm to a six-year, $29.1 million contract. Lindholm wasn’t going to get that kind of contract out of the Hurricanes, so good on him for finding a team that would pay him. If he becomes the regular fixture on the Johnny Gaudreau/Sean Monahan line, then the $4.85 million cap hit might turn out to be well worth the money.

Ryan Pulock has agreed to a two-