The divorce papers have finally been signed, and the heartfelt "thank you" messages have been sent. In the final chapter of a messy separation, the Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien have agreed to a mutual contract termination. Big Buff is now officially a free agent, so we will find out soon enough whether he will continue his career. That depends on both the extent of any lingering injuries and his desire to continue playing NHL hockey, the latter of which might be a greater factor. I'd have to think that the chances of him returning are slim. If this is it, then it’s been quite a ride for Byfuglien.
You might consider this a fairly brisk news day, as there
were not one, but two news stories worth mentioning here. The Columbus Blue
Jackets signed Joonas Korpisalo
to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.8 million.
Fantasy owners might be wondering how this signing affects
Merzlikins. A quick search and sort at Cap
Friendly shows Korpisalo as the 27th-highest paid goalie for
next season, similar to the likes of Petr Mrazek,
Rittich, and Carter Hutton.
That ranking will undoubtedly change one way or the other during the offseason,
but the cap hit doesn't necessarily suggest that Korpisalo will receive the
bulk of the starts.
I won't argue with Dobber that Merzlikins is the better
long-term option, but I'd still have to project this to be a 1A/1B situation in
the near term (whatever that may be). You may remember Merzlikins playin