Ramblings: Signing Rundown of Nurse, Hamilton, Dunn, Granlund, Hart, Shesterkin & More (Aug 11)

Alexander MacLean


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Jumping back into my takes on the offseason moves, this week I'm going to review a whole wack-load of signings, some of my thoughts on fantasy impacts, and how the actual contract numbers affect both the outlook of the player, and their value in cap leagues.


Let’s get the big one out of the way. Darnell Nurse‘s extension is ridiculous no matter which way you slice it. It makes him basically impossible to own in any cap league, but for non-cap leagues it ensures he’s going to stuff the peripherals at least as he will be playing at least 25 minutes a night. The Nurse deal comes on the heels of similar extensions for Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. If I was an NHL team and going to pay one of them $9M it would be Nurse, though for fantasy both Jones and Werenski have higher upsides.

Dougie Hamilton got about the same amount on the open market, and he was a better option than all three mentioned above – both for fantasy and real-world value. He joins two other top power play options in New Jersey though, with the newly drafted Luke Hughes and the incumbent Ty Smith. I would love to see a world where New Jersey runs out three defensemen on the power play – or even at even-strength – and changes the dynamic of the game a little. They don't currently have a lot of forwards that need a fair share of power play time either, so it could work. Alas, this is probably a pipe-dream, and it likely delays the arrival of Luke Hughes by a year or two, as well as probably cutting the upside of all three defensemen by 5-10 points.


Vince Dunn nets a two-year bridge deal at a $4M cap hit, which is a bit above his projected $3.15 million. It does seem like it will be a little higher than cap league owners might have liked, however, it does show that he should be the front-runner for powerplay time when the team breaks camp in the fall. His peripherals aren’t great, but he should be one of the cheaper top power play options at the draft table this year.


Adam Pelech wasn’t owned in too many leagues, but if he was then it was for his hits/blocks production (and possibly also because of the cap value his last contract brought). His deployment shouldn’t change much, though for Ryan Pulock owners, the Pelech contract provides a bit of a framework for his