Wednesday marked the day where NHL general managers from across North America throw money at their problems attempting to appease their fan bases and get their clubs in playoff or Cup contention. The fun part is, the big splashes rarely work (see the 2016 edition) and now with a flat salary cap, GMs must be shrewd and cunning.
That did not happen. The first day of NHL free agency saw GMs make 163 singings for a total of 296 contract years and $785.1 million dollars per Cap Friendly.
The biggest signings of the day were defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who went to the New Jersey Devils on a seven-year deal worth $9 million a season, and Vezina finalist Philipp Grubauer who signed a six-year deal that pays $5.9 million per year with the Seattle Kraken. Brayden Point re-upped with the Tampa Bay Lightning (8x$9.5M) and the Blackhawks officially announced their mega-deal with defenseman Seth Jones (8x$9.5M).