The defending Stanley Cup champions have re-signed restricted free agent forward Tom Wilson to a six-year, $31MM contract extension.
The New York Rangers have re-signed defenseman Brady Skjei to a six-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Skjei was also only one of eight NHL players to record at least 150 shots, 125 hits, and 115 blocks. The signing now gives the Rangers just two remaining restricted free agents to re-sign in centers Kevin Hayes and Ryan Spooner , both are slated for arbitration hearings next week.
Jason Zucker finally agreeing to terms on a five-year contract worth $27.5MM with the Minnesota Wild. Zucker still scored 25 goals at even-strength which tied him for 14th in the entire league alongside players like Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall and Claude Giroux.
In other Wild news, defenseman Mathew Dumba has reached an agreement on a long-term contract. The deal more than doubles his $2.75MM salary from last season that also represented his qualifying offer last month. It also makes him the third highest paid player on the team behind blueliner Ryan Suter and winger Zach Parise.
Mike Cammalleri at age 36 quietly put up 29 points last season after a hot start with the Los Angeles Kings and then a trade to the Edmonton Oilers could still contribute to a number of teams.
Benoit Pouliot in the right situation, he could still make an impact, and still can be a perennial 30-point player. The same goes for Mark Letestu, Drew Stafford and Jannik Hansen. Ales Hemsky was highly productive before injuries derailed his career.
Luca Sbisa suited up for just 30 games with the Vegas Golden Knights, but managed to register 14 points and plays a strong checking game.
Other forwards still available are Daniel Winnik, Scott Hartnell, Scottie Upshall, Chris Stewart, Antoine Vermette, Jussi Jokinen, Tommy Wingels, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Dominic Moore, Matt Stajan, and Lee Stempniak.
Other aging options on defense include Alexei Emelin, Johnny Oduya, Kevin Bieksa, Dennis Seidenberg, Kyle Quincey, Paul Martin, Josh Gorges, and Jason Garrison. Brandon Davidson, Cody Franson, and Paul Postma seem like players who should be signed, while Justin Falk, Frank Corrado, Ryan Sproul, and Duncan Siemens are all signable players.