While we didn't have a couple of the big dominoes fall on the first day of free agency, namely Evgeni Malkin and Ondrej Palat, there were lots of signings with significant fantasy impact to discuss. For anyone that missed the coverage, the entire Dobber editing group pitched in to cover all the big names, and those articles can be found here. This is always one of the busiest days of the season for our group, so a shout out to Dobber, Ian, and Alex for their great work. It really is a team effort on a day like Free Agent Frenzy, and I hope they relaxed with a cold beverage or five last night.
There were lots of players and situations I didn't get to cover specifically, so I'm just going to cover what interested me. Cap information from Cap Friendly, player data from our Frozen Tools or Natural Stat Trick.
The biggest mover of the day had to be the Detroit Red Wings. They had over $30M in cap space entering the day and have a pretty clean cap sheet moving forward. It didn't take them long to get busy as Andrew Copp's signing was announced almost immediately at 12:00 ET. Throughout the day, they added David Perron, Dominik Kubalik, Ben Chiarot, and Olli Mattta. In one day, GM Steve Yzerman quite literally added an entire forward line and a defence pair. I would quibble with some of the values – I do not think Chiarot is worth $4.75M for four years – but this was a team desperate for depth and added a lot of quality.
Adding Copp as the second-line centre is the biggest note here. Since the retirement of Henrik Zetterberg, this team has not had a competent centre to play behind