Ramblings: Last Week’s Recap; Bennett Signs; Ovechkin; Looking to Free Agency – July 27

Michael Clifford

2021-07-27

Well, what a week last week was. We saw blockbuster trades, an expansion draft, and the entry draft all squeezed into a span of 3-4 days. I would not blame anyone for having missed a deal or a trade here and there, so I'll link all our stuff quickly.

All our Ramblings are archived here and all our trade/signing analysis are saved here. Ian covered the Reinhart and Voracek/Atkinson trades over the weekend and I will get to those in a minute. But anyone that may have missed our fantasy analysis on the Bean trade, the OEL trade, or Buchnevich's deal, everything is included in there. There are also smaller deals that and other types of analysis included in the Ramblings as well. It has just been a very busy time around here at Dobber Hockey and this week presumes to be just as busy, if with fewer official events.

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Now that the Entry Draft is over with, it's a great time to read up on the future fantasy stars you'll need to know and the teams they're going to. Check out our 2021 Prospects Report to get all the information you need here.

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Yesterday was the last day to qualify RFAs and two big names were not: Ondrej Kase of Boston and Pius Suter of Chicago. Both players become unrestricted free agents. For Kase, it's clear his injuries have gotten the best of him for a few years now and Boston is just moving on. If he can come all the way back, Kase is a fringe first liner. It is just a matter of getting health, but there should be a lot of suitors.

Suter is weird. The Blackhawks could really use the centre depth, considering what happened just last year with Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews. Seems they think otherwise. Suter looked like a middle-six centre to me.

Nick Ritchie also wasn’t qualified by Boston. Another middle-six winger who may have just commanded more than they were willing to pay.

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I am going to talk about UFAs in a minute, but one potential name was taken off the board:

A nice little deal for Martinez.

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