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The 2019 NHL free agency signing period is upon us and here you can find live analysis for each agreement from our team of writers @DKLive. Check back here for live fantasy hockey analysis!


Artemi Panarin agrees to terms with Rangers

The Islanders were also heavily in pursuit of Panarin, and the belief is that Panarin left some money on the table to join the Rangers with an average annual value just under $12 million, per TSN’s Darren Dreger. Earlier in the day, the Rangers traded wing Jimmy Vesey to clear a little more cap space and open up more room for Panarin, which signaled that a move could be close. Panarin is one of the top offensive players in the league, ranking 18th in points last season with 87 on 28 goals and 59 assists. He ranked 30th among forward in average ice time, skating just under 20 minutes per game. Panarin is a one-time All-Star and won the Calder Trophy for best rookie in 2015-16.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor

UPDATE: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting Panarin’s deal is believed to be for seven years and worth $81.5 million. The contract has an AAV of $11.6 million, per multiple reports.


Canadiens tender five-year offer sheet to Hurricanes C Sebastian Aho

Aho is a restricted free agent, so the Hurricanes have a week to match the contract and retain Aho. The proposed contract is for five years and has an average annual value of $8.454 million. Carolina is expected to match the contract and retain the 21-year-old Finnish forward who had a career-high 30 goals and 83 points in 82 regular-season games last season. Aho also played well in the postseason piling up 12 points in 15 contests. If the Hurricanes choose to let Aho go, he would be a big part of the Canadiens rebuilding effort. However, most NHL insiders believe Aho will stay in Carolina.
Zach Thompson — DK Live contributor


Petr Mrazek re-signs with the Hurricanes

Mrazek is back with Carolina on a two-year deal worth $6.25M. The team made a playoff run last year and Mrazek played a big role. In the regular season, he started 40 games with a .914 save percentage and only allowed 2.39 goals per game. Mrazek has been on three different teams in the last two seasons, but it looks like he’s found a more permanent role in Carolina.
Greg Ehrenberg — DK Live contributor


Semyon Varlamov signs with Islanders for four years

The four-year deal has an AAV of $5M per Arthur Staple of The Athletic. He will take the place of Robin Lehner, who signed with the Blackhawks today. One of the more consistent goalies in the NHL, Varlamov has been in the league for 11 seasons, the last eight with Colorado. He’s had a save rate north of .900% in 10 of his 11 seasons and allowed 2.87 goals per game last year.
Greg Ehrenberg — DK Live contributor


Report: Anders Lee returns to Long Island on seven-year contract

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period is reporting that the Islanders have come to terms with their captain. Michael Russo of The Athletic is reporting the deal is for seven years and $7 million annually. 28 years old, Lee has spent his entire seven-year career with the Islanders and this seems to ensure that he will finish his career with the team. His goal total was down last season, but he tallied 23 assists, the most of his career. He is two seasons removed from scoring 40 goals. Last season, the Islanders finished second in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Capitals. Hockey is heating up in the Tri-State area with the Islanders, Devils and Rangers all on the upswing.
Greg Ehrenberg — DK Live contributor


Maple Leafs land Tyson Barrie in trade with Avalanche

In Barrie, Toronto gets one of the highest scoring defenders in the league. He’s coming off a 59-point season, the highest of his career and scored 14 goals. The Maple Leafs also get a promising young forward in Alexander Kerfoot who scored 15 goals last season. The key piece going back to Colorado is Nazem Kadri. He has a reputation for being a dirty player and was suspended during the playoffs, but he’s a contributor when on the ice. He scored 16 goals last season after back to back years with 32 goals. Calle Rosen is a defender also going to the Avalanche although he barely played last season.
Greg Ehrenberg — DK Live contributor


Robin Lehner inks one-year deal with Blackhawks

After spending last season with the Islanders, he heads to Chicago for $5M. At 27, he is coming off a career year. Lehner went 25-13 as the Isles’ primary goaltender and proved extremely difficult to get the puck past. He notched a .93% save rate while allowing 2.13 goals per game. He is going to have his work cut out for him since the Blackhawks had one the worst defenses in the NHL least season. Their 292 goals allowed were the most in the Western Conference.
Greg Ehrenberg — DK Live contributor


The Panthers have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with G Sergei Bobrovsky

After leading the Blue Jackets to the second round of the playoffs last season, Bobrovsky will head to Florida on a huge seven-year contract worth an average of $10 million annually, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. Bobrovsky had a 2.58 goals against average and .913 save percentage in 62 games last season. He went 37-24-1 with Columbus last season, which was his seventh with the franchise. He’ll head to Florida on a seven-year contract which includes a no-movement clause for the first five years. Bobrovsky was widely considered the best goaltender on the free agent market and one of the top overall free agents available.
Zach Thompson — DK Live contributor


Anton Stralman, Panthers agree to three-year deal

The Panthers continued a busy day of free agency by agreeing to a three-year deal with Stralman, who spent the last five seasons patrolling the back line for their cross-state rivals in Tampa Bay. Stralman will get $5.5 million average annual value, per TSN’s Jason Gregor. He had two goals and 17 points in 47 games last season but missed the postseason with a lower-body injury. Stralman is a solid veteran defenseman but doesn’t have much offensive impact on a regular basis.
Zach Thompson — DK Live contributor


Canucks sign D Tyler Myers to five-year, $30 million contract

The deal is for five years with an average annual value of $6 million. Myers is a huge defenseman, standing 6’8″ and weighing 230 lbs, and his size and reach is something the Canucks said they coveted. Myers scored 31 points on nine goals and 22 assists in 80 games last season for the Jets, with his points scored ranking 49th among defenseman. His 156 shots on goal ranked 36th at D, and he recorded an average ice time of 20:21, the lowest of his 10-year career. Myers is a former Calder Trophy winner for best rookie, which he won in 2009-10 with Buffalo.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Gustav Nyquist agrees to four-year contract with Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have lost a lot of their key players in free agency this offseason, but they made a nice addition by picking up Nyquist on a four-year deal worth $5.5 million annually, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Nyquist played the first seven full seasons of his career with the Red Wings before being traded to the Sharks as a rental at the end of last season. He had 11 points in 19 regular-season games for San Jose and another 11 points in 20 games in the postseason. His 60 total points this past season were a career-high but his goal-scoring has dipped a bit from his 28 goals in just 57 games in 2013-14. Nyquist is a solid depth addition for the Blue Jackets as they look to build a new rotation after losing some firepower. The contract is reportedly worth $22 million, an average annual value of $5.5M.
Zach Thompson — DK Live contributor


Wayne Simmonds agrees to one-year, $5 million contract with Devils

Simmonds was traded from the Flyers to the Predators at the deadline last season and will join his third team in the past 12 months after agreeing to a one-year contract with New Jersey. Simmonds struggled to just 27 points in 62 games with the Flyers last season and three points in 17 regular-season games with the Predators. He did post four straight 50-point seasons earlier in his career with Philadelphia before declining the past two seasons. He’s on a one-year, prove-it type contract, and if he can bounce back, he’ll look to land a bigger deal next offseason. It’s a low-risk move since its such a short-term investment for the Devils.
Zach Thompson — DK Live contributor


Mike Smith signs one-year contract with Oilers

The Oilers announced that the terms are for one year, and it will be for around $2 million, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli. Smith, who spent last season with the Flames, is basically trading places in net with Cam Talbot, who started 29 games for the Oilers last season and is now heading to the Flames. Smith made 40 starts for Calgary last season, posting an .898 save percentage, the worst of his 13-year career and below the league average save percentage of .910. However, Smith was effective in his three most recent seasons prior to 2018-19, posting a .915 save percentage over 142 games from 2015-16 to 2017-18.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Sharks announce four-year deal for RFA F Timo Meier

San Jose made bringing back its stars a priority this offseason, signing Erik Karlsson earlier this offseason and nearing a deal to lock up restricted free agent Meier for four years at around $6 million each season, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. It’s a great deal for the Sharks, who lock up their 2015 top-10 overall pick after he had a breakout 66 points last season. Meier didn’t get a huge bump in ice time, playing 16:58 compared to 14:52 in the previous season, but was far more productive with 30 goals and 36 assists after just 36 total points in 2017-18. Meier remains a huge part of the Sharks future. The contract is reportedly worth $6 million annually.
Zach Thompson — DK Live contributor


The Wild officially sign W Mats Zuccarello to a five-year, $30 million deal.

The deal is worth $30 million over five years. Zuccarello scored 40 points in 48 games last season between the Rangers and Stars, and his 0.83 points per game ranked 64th among forwards. His average ice time of 19:51 in 2018-19 was a career high and a boost from his previous career mark of 17:33. Zuccarello was excellent for the Stars in the playoffs, leading the team with 11 points over 13 playoff games despite taking only 22 shots, eighth most on the team. He will bring an offensive boost to a Wild team that struggled to score last season, ranking 27th in goals for per game.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Rangers ship F Jimmy Vesey to Sabres for third-round pick in 2021

The Rangers will receive a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Sabres in exchange for Vesey. The Sabres have had interest in Vesey dating back to 2016, when they traded a third-round pick to the Predators for the exclusive negotiating rights to Vesey, although he elected to sign with the Rangers instead. Vesey scored 35 points in 81 games for New York last season in about 16 minutes of ice time per game. He was set to make about $2.35 million in 2019-20, and the Rangers trading him could be in an effort to create some extra cap space for the start of free agency. Vesey is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Avalanche sign RW Joonas Donskoi to deal

After multiple reports earlier, The Athletic is saying the contract is for four years at $3.9 million per season. Donskoi scored 37 points in 80 games for the Sharks last season, skating an average of 13:25. Most of his production came at even strength, as he scored just eight percent of his points on the power play. However, Donskoi did not score a goal in his final 34 regular season games with the Sharks, spanning 435 minutes of ice time, and scored just one goal in 149 minutes of playoff ice time.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Joe Pavelski expected to sign three-year deal with Stars

NHL free agency doesn’t officially start until July 1 but Darren Dreger of TSN was first to report ahead of the frenzy Monday afternoon. The deal is reportedly for $7 million per year, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period. This will be the first time in his Pavelski’s career that he will wear another team’s colors, as he’s been with the Sharks since they drafted him back in 2003 as a seventh-round pick. It was expected he wouldn’t re-join the team as they’ve handed out big long-terms deals, highlighted by an eight-year deal for Erik Karlsson. Pavelski scored 38 goals and 26 assists last season and will help fill the scoring need the Stars so desperately wanted to fill.
Steve Buchanan — DK Live contributor


Veteran Corey Perry also lands in Dallas

The Stars are scooping up free agents ahead of the official start and it’s confirmed as a $1.5 million deal for Perry with bonuses. The value of the contract could go up on performance-based incentives, although it’s not been released what they are. After being bought out by the Ducks, Perry made it clear he wanted to join a contender in a chase for a Stanley Cup. A number of teams were interested but the Stars landed him, making this just the second team he’ll play for since 2005. Perry is looking to bounce back from a season that saw him score six goals and four assists through 31 games after undergoing knee surgery.
Steve Buchanan — DK Live contributor


Report: Matt Duchene set to land with Predators on massive deal

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports the deal is looking as if it will be valued at $8 million per year, although the years have not been given. The Canadiens also were heavily involved for Duchene’s services, but the Preds did their part to convince him otherwise. Duchene had 31 goals and 39 assists between the Blue Jackets and Senators through 73 games last season. The Predators have longed for Duchene for a number of years, and the trade of P.K. Subban helped free their salary cap to $13 million, paving the way to make this deal happen. Duchene will be a big addition to a team that ranked 19th in goals scored last season.
Steve Buchanan — DK Live contributor


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