Capped: Reviewing New Free Agency Contracts Like Giroux and Burakovsky

Jamie Molloy

2022-07-14

Free Agency Day was one to remember as we saw some high-profile players relocate, we saw some seasoned veterans sign with their hometown teams, and others who opted to chase a cup. Along with seeing valuable depth pieces move around, some players got more money than I had expected but that's also to be expected with free agents as teams generally overpay to acquire 'their guy'.

It’s always hard to predict where free agents will sign and for how much. Teams will overpay to an extent to lock-up their asset. Last second trades may need to happen to create the salary space needed to make a signing work and that could indirectly change how other teams continue to operate during these times. It was a buyers' market when it came to acquiring any of the free agents this summer.

* The contracts being displayed will be the ones that were announced today, if a contract doesn't kick in until the 2023-2024 season, I will specify that in the player profile. *

* Most recent season stats are displayed, followed by the career stats underneath. *

#1) Claude Giroux – RW – Ottawa Senators

Contract: $6.5M – 3 Years remaining

GamesGoalsAssistsShotsPowerplayShorthandedHitsBlocksFaceoff %TOI
752144205230681660.3%19:04
101829462926483501691540255.8%19:35


I don't really know what else to say other than Giroux will probably have the most impact on his new team out of any other player that signed on July 13th. He's going to a team that has a very young core, he's been around the block, he knows how to compete, and he has a high work ethic. He will be walking into a young locker room and while he won't wear the 'C' while he is there, he will be the best player on that team during his tenure there. At this point, when you compare the Senators and the Flyers, I would prefer to roster Giroux as a member of the Senators (as sad as that is for a Flyers fan to say). He's in a more dynamic system in Ottawa, he's going to be playing with some combination of Batherson, Tkachuk, DeBrincat, Stutzle, and Norris. Whenever Giroux is on the ice, anything is realistically possible. You're getting a player who can still produce points (was doing it on a more than subpar Flyer