Ramblings: Karlsson Signs; Eakins New Ducks Bench Boss; Jamie Benn’s Season – June 18

Michael Clifford

2019-06-18

 

Aside from the Raptors championship parade in Canada, there was pretty big news on the sports front as Erik Karlsson was reported by Pierre LeBrun to have signed an eight-year deal with the San Jose, carrying an average annual value of $11.5-million. As of today, that would be the third-highest cap hit in the NHL and the highest for a defenceman.

The deal was later confirmed by the team.

In cap leagues, I doubt that this will be a contract worth drafting. He doesn’t provide hits, his blocked shot rates have declined two straight years (justifiably), and he doesn’t provide penalty minutes. You’re banking on points and shots, and in multi-category cap leagues, that isn’t enough to justify that heavy of a cap hit.

Not really a lot to say here from my end on the contract itself. Pay your superstars and figure the rest out later.

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Dallas Eakins was announced as the new coach for the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. You’ll remember that Randy Carlyle was fired during the season and Bob Murray took over on an interim basis.

You can read Ian’s take on the hiring here.

I’ve long been a fan of Eakins, going back to his pre-Edmonton days. To me, he’s a guy who can think differently about the game and try to find edges for his players that can add up over the course of a season. He’ll have a good mix of veterans like Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler with young up-and-comers like Troy Terry and Max Comtois. There is also John Gibson in net. The team has some work to do this off-season but I’m kind of optimistic for Anaheim.

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Anthony Duclair has re-signed with the Ottawa Senators. (Slowly but surely, they’re making their way to the cap floor.) I still don’t think he’s anything more than some bottom-6 scoring depth but it’s a nice signing for the Sens.

Before trying to extrapolate from his stint with the Sens last year, keep in mind that he was still playing under 14 minutes a game on a bare-bones roster. Don’t get too excited about a potential breakout just yet.

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With the draft later this week, now would be a good time to grab this year’s Dobber Hockey