Happy Canada Day, friends. Today is the beginning, sort of, of free agency. To sign available players, NHL teams are about to spend obscene sums of money that are still somehow suspiciously low when compared to the other big-four sports.
Washington general manager Brian MacLellan articulated the team’s needs simply: a third-line right wing. The team is reportedly about to sign F Richard Panik to a four-year deal worth around $2.5 million annually. The team appears to have been priced out in the race to sign F Brett Connolly, who has been linked to Florida for around $3.5 million.