Potential Blues fallout from signing Saad
- “Getting him at that price ($4.5 million AAV) might make Army more willing to retain some of Tarasenko’s salary.
- Perhaps teams who were in on Saad might pivot to Tarasenko, especially if the Blues are going to retain salary.”
Perry left money on the table
Getting a second year from the Bolts was important as he wanted a place to call him, as well as signing with a contender.
Hakanpaa had multiple offers including the Maple Leafs
Hakanpaa had multiple offers and there was a bidding war going on but he liked the idea of playing with four other Finnish players.
Eric Engels: The Toronto Maple Leafs made Hakanpaa the same three-year, $1.5 millon per year offer.
Bunting took Leafs less from the Leafs
“I had multiple teams reach out to me; some of the offers were higher than Toronto’s but the opportunity I had to come home and play for my team and compete for a Stanley Cup, that was definitely worth the pay cut in my mind.”
Ducks have what it takes to land Eichel, but will they go that far?
The Ducks can afford his $10 million cap hit, but the asking price is another question. Could the Ducks get Sabres GM Kevyn Adams to take back Henrique’s contract or maybe Rickard Rakell? The Sabres don’t want to retain any salary.
The Ducks have just over $18 million in cap space with RFA Sam Steel, Isac Lundestrom, Max Comtois, Max Jones, and Josh Mahura to sign. They won’t take much to re-sign and some could be in any Eichel deal.
Holding on to Trevor Zegras is the Ducks preference. They have their 2022 first-round pick.