Ramblings: Werenski signs; Bergeron’s health; Zacha’s future; Necas; Comtois – September 10

Michael Clifford

2019-09-10

 

The RFA dominos may be starting to fall as Zach Werenski signed a three-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets carrying an average annual value of $5M. That helps to set the market for the big remaining RFA defencemen like Charlie McAvoy and Ivan Provorov.

Just in general, I don’t get this from Werenski’s end. He’ll still be an RFA when this new deal is up, at which point he’ll likely sign a long-term deal carrying him to his early 30s, and that’ll be the only big contract of his career. I know money isn’t everything to all pro athletes and other considerations are important, but if this were a five- or six-year deal, he’d be in his late 20s and an unrestricted free agent, and likely could get another five- or six-year deal. It seems like he’s potentially leaving tens of millions on the table.   

Anyway, this is still good value for cap leagues. He’s currently being drafted outside the top-30 defencemen on Yahoo! and that’s good value as well.

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Training camps begin in earnest this week and that means the Ramblings will look a bit different moving forward. The last two months has been largely devoid of real news but now the real news will start flowing, whether it’s rookies impressing, veterans injured, or whatever else pops up.

One bit of really important fantasy news we got on Monday pertains to the health of Patrice Bergeron: