Capped: Impacts of recent and potential signings

Alexander MacLean



Welcome back all. This week we are off of the Seattle topic, and back to your regularly scheduled programming with a bit more of a contract focused article. Good thing that there was actually some contract news around the league over the last week, so in no particular order, let's jump right in.



MacKenzie MacEachern (LW) – St. Louis Blues

New Cap Hit: $900,000

This is a nice depth signing for the Blues. The two-year deal shows there is a depth forward slot that is his to lose (though the Blues do have a lot of internal competition). He won't mean much in fantasy circles though until his ice time goes way above the nine minutes per-game he averaged last season.



Marco Scandella (D) – St. Louis Blues

New Cap Hit: $3,275,000

The Blues overpaid another defenceman not named Alex Pietrangelo. Scandella takes over Jay Bouwmeester's spot in the lineup, however contract won't likely age well for the Blues. The AAV is a little high, and almost double what my projection shows he's worth, but it's the four-year term that seems too long for a number four defenceman on the wrong end of 30.



Sammy Blais (LW) – St. Louis Blues

New Cap Hit: $1,500,000

The third Blues signing of late, Blais is also a depth forward on the Blues, but he has shown some flashes of offensive potential, and should end up as a bargain deal at his $1.5 million price tag. Blais' 155 hits in only 40 games while seeing less that 13 minutes of ice-time per game is also one of the best hit rates in the NHL (top 10 when accounting for those with more than 10 games played).



Mikhail Grigorenko (LW) – Buffalo Sabres

Voided Contract Cap Hit: $1,200,000

Grigorenko's time as an official member of the Blue Jackets was very short lived, as his $1.2 million, one-year contract was voided by the league, as the soon to be 26-year-old Russian isn't able to sign anywhere until July 1st. It is likely that the same contract i