Ramblings: Day 3 of Free Agency, Josi vs. Makar, Trouba vs. Miller (Jul 16)

Ian Gooding

2022-07-16

Day 3 of free agency was even quieter than Day 2, and that's saying something. There were a few signings of note, though.

The Leafs have signed Calle Jarnkrok to a four-year contract worth $2.1 million. After spending his entire career with Nashville, the 30-year-old center split last season between Seattle and Calgary. With 26 points in 49 games for Seattle, Jarnkrok seemed to be a better fit for the expansion Kraken than he was for the Flames. After the move to Calgary, he recorded just four points (all assists) in 17 regular-season games.

Jarnkrok will probably slot in as the third-line center for the Leafs while serving as a top-6 replacement if Auston Matthews or John Tavares are injured, which would provide him some short-term value. Under normal circumstances, Jarnkrok seems to be a better real-life player than fantasy option.

Because of the Jarnkrok signing, Alexander Kerfoot and/or Justin Holl are rumored to be on the trade block so that the Leafs can become cap compliant. Rasmus Sandin and Pierre Engvall are RFAs that have yet to be signed.

The Flyers have signed Morgan Frost to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000. Frost recorded 16 points (5 G, 11 A) in 55 games while also scoring 19 points in 24 games in the AHL. If Scott Laughton moves to left wing, Frost could become the third-line center for the Flyers. Frost is a former first-round pick who should still have some upside in keeper leagues.

The Predators have signed Zach Sanford to a one-year, $850,000 contract. Sanford scored 20 points (9 G, 11 A) in 80 games split between Ottawa and Winnipeg last season. He is well-travelled, as the Preds will be his fourth team over the past three seasons. He was traded from St. Louis to Ottawa in the Logan Brown trade. Sanford has reached 100 hits in two of the past three seasons, so he could show some value