Ramblings: Reviewing the big signings and trades from the last few days

Michael Clifford

2020-10-13

Interesting quotes from Colorado general manager Joe Sakic about their blue line. He really made it seems like Conor Timmins will be in the lineup next year, which makes sense when looking at their depth. He can come slot on the third pair with a solid veteran like Ian Cole and get his feet wet while also not shouldering big responsibilities. Sakic also says that Bowen Byram will get a look, but with Timmins in the lineup, they have their top-6 set. It likely means another year of waiting for Byram until Cole's contract runs out after 2020-21, though he's likely the first-man-up should an injury hit.

On that front, Ryan Graves signed a three-year extension carrying an AAV of nearly $3.2M. With Graves and Timmins' cap hits, the Avs still have about $6M to play with. They do have a couple lesser RFAs to sign, though, so unless they're traded for futures, the Avs may be done in free agency outside of smaller signings.

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Minnesota signed prospect goalie Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year deal. The first year is two-way, the second is one-way. Looks like we should be expecting another year in the AHL for Kahkonen, barring injury.

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It was quite the opening weekend for free agency. Anyone looking for the fantasy impact of signings and trades can check out our analysis section here.

Technically, I haven't had a Ramblings since the start of Free Agent Frenzy on Friday. I want to take the time to talk about what went on over the weekend because while free agency started with a bit of a fizzle, Saturday and Sunday brought a torrent of moves that have wide-ranging impacts on the fantasy game.

 

Taylor Hall

The big news was the 2018 MVP heading to Buffalo on a one-year deal. There are a number of reasons this makes sense – boosting value after a down year, avoiding signing a long-term deal in a flat-cap situation, playing with Jack Eichel – but it's still curious that he chose there. He has spent basically his entire career on non-playoff teams, so why pick a team that hasn't made the playoffs in nearly a decade? Again, I think this is more about the reasons why this makes sense than why this doesn't.

Regardless of why he's there, the fact that he's there now gives the Sabres the chance to put together two scoring lines for the first time since… ah, 2012?

First things first: I cannot wait to watch Eichel/Hall play together. Eichel is in his prime as one of the top players in the league. Hall is still in his 20s and even in his 'bad' 2019-20 season, he paced for 21 goals and 66 points per 82 games while playing two of the bottom-10 teams in goal scoring last year. What is he going to do with an all-world centre both at 5-on-5 and on the power play? It is an exciting prospect.

It does make me think