Every Sunday, we'll share 21 Fantasy Rambles – formerly 20 Fantasy Thoughts – from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's ‘Daily Ramblings’.
Writers: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
1. Two years at $4.4 million per season for Jordan Winnington? I’d say the Blues got off easy. I think the dollars are right but I figured he would get three or even four years. He’s betting on himself. Smart move because the team in front of him will keep winning – all he needs to do is be average. (Something Jake Allen couldn’t do). (july15)
2. The Canucks made some great moves this offseason, upgrading their defense by adding Tyler Myers, as well as depth guys Jordie Benn and Oscar Fantenberg. The trade for J.T. Miller was a real good addition.
But how did spending go? Well, under my philosophy of ignoring all the free agents and filling needs via trade, giving Alex Edler $6 million is ludicrous. Giving Benn $2 million is ludicrous, and even giving Myers – one of the better FA’s available – is a little ludicrous. Fortunately, Benn and Edler are for just two years and won’t harm this team’s future dealings.
The Canucks then waited until almost mid-July (as they should have done with Edler, Myers and Benn) and what do you know? Micheal Ferland’s price came down. I think $3.5 million per season is a solid contract, considering he was reportedly offered $4 million per season just a few months ago by Carolina.
This is an improved team, no question. Especially when you consider Quinn Hughes joining. But from a business standpoint, this could have been handled cheaper and nearly as well. Don’t believe me? Wait and see what Jake Gardiner signs for. (