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From the Branches: Getting a-hed(man) of the curve

Time to offersheet Kucherov, Leafs!

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Hi guys.

Kucherov could theoretically get an offer sheet from another team, which Tampa Bay is allowed to match. But it would prove costly if the team ends up signing him, costing that team compensation of a first, second and third round draft choice (if Kucherov makes between $5.6 million and $7.5 million annually). (source)

Would he be worth the hassle of an offer sheet?

Cheat sheet for trades

Every completed 2016 NHL free agency signing in one place | SB Nation
Kit & caboodle


Bruins wrap up the day with depth signings of Riley Nash, Tim Schaller | SCOC
Two depth moves may finish off FA opening day for Boston.

What Alexander Radulov will bring to the table for the Montreal Canadiens | HEOTP
"Alex Radulov has been out of the NHL for a while, but he's coming back, and he's coming to the Montreal Canadiens. What does he offer?"

Thoughts and reflection on Victor Hedman's contract extension | Raw Charge
Fresh off of re-signing Steven Stamkos, Steve Yzerman again hits a home run by getting franchise defenseman Victor Hedman re-signed to an 8-year contract.

Panthers sign G James Reimer to 5-year, $17M deal | LBC
Top UFA goalie on the market on his way to Sunrise

Panthers sign UFA forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Colton Sceviour | LBC
Bottom-six starting to take shape.

NHL Free Agency: Buffalo Sabres sign Kyle Okposo to seven-year deal | DBDB
"They missed out on Stamkos, but the Sabres have landed the next biggest fish in free agency by signing Kyle Okposo."

NHL Free Agency: Sabres sign defenseman Justin Falk | DBDB
Depth LHD signing on a two-way contract

Reacting to Newest Red Wing Thomas Vanek | WIIM
"Since everyone seemingly despised the six-year deal that was Frans Nielsen, everyone loved the fact that the Red Wings signed Thomas Vanek to a one-year contract."

Reacting to newest Red Wing Frans Nielsen | WIIM
Nielsen is a Red Wing for the next six years. The contract is a tough pill to swallow for most fans. He’s 32, turning 33 in April. It’s a very "Red Wings" type of move, but I’m here to try my best and talk you away from the cliff.

Michael Blunden Rounds Out Busy Day For Senators | SSS
Ottawa adds more depth with their sixth signing of the day benefiting Binghamton Senators.


Hurricanes Sign Lee Stempniak For Two Years | CC
Stempniak notched 19 goals and 33 assists last season.

Hurricanes Sign Viktor Stalberg | CC
Forward signs one-year-deal for $1.5 million

Rangers Sign Gerbe, 1 year $600k | BSB

New York Rangers News: Rangers Agree To Terms With Michael Grabner | BSB
The man with the hands of lead and the butt of gold moves back to New York.

Seth Jones Signs Contract Extension | JC
The future of the Blue Jackets’ blueline is here to stay.

Ray Shero was Reasonable During the 2016 Free Agency Frenzy: A Summary for the New Jersey Devils | In Shero We Trust
"On a day where over $280 million was handed out in new contracts in the first 30 minutes of NHL free agency, Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils were reasonable in their signings today. This post summarizes who got signed, who left the Devils, and what may be next."

An Analytic Take: Jason Chimera is a downgrade on Matt Martin | Lighthouse Hockey
They miss Matt Martin, y'all.

Pens signings: Stuart Percy, Sestito and Oleksy...And Jim Rutherford | Pensburgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins open free agency very quietly, as expected.

Capitals Reportedly Sign Brett Connolly | Japersrink
Connolly, a former sixth-overall pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored nine goals and recorded 16 assists in 71 games with the Boston Bruins last season, setting a career high in points in a single season.


Brian Campbell signing is the best possible move the Blackhawks could've made | SCH
There might not be a better signing at that price this offseason.

Post-Free Agent Day Review | MHH

2016 NHL Free Agency: Dallas Stars Re-Sign F Patrick Eaves | DBD
"The Dallas Stars re-signed Patrick Eaves, the utility forward that brought a lot to the team last season."

Dallas Stars Sign Defenseman Dan Hamhuis | DBD
Dan Hamhuis was the target the Stars were attempting to acquire at the past trade deadline this last season.

Wild Sign Eric Staal for 3 years, $3.5M AAV | HW
The Wild continue to be old and slow.

Yannick Weber & Matt Irwin Sign Favorable Deals With Nashville Predators | OTF
Sorry but who cares, y'all are under a very large shadow now.

In Defense of Doug Armstrong's Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Offseason | SLGT
It's hilarious to me that this is the article they had to write about the off season.

Winnipeg Jets sign Shawn Matthias to two-year, $2.125 mil AAV deal | AIH
Aw. Bye, Shawn.


Anaheim Calling, where you at?

Free Agent 2016: Coyotes Sign Jamie McGinn | 5FH

Flames did a whole lot so go read about what they did here.

Getting bored of scrolling through Pacific teams. The Kings did a number of things but this one is funny.

The LA Kings Offered Milan Lucic an Eight-Year, $34 Million Contract | JFTC
... And he said no. I guess he'd just rather not win another cup, eh?

Micheal Haley, Aaron Dell signed by San Jose Sharks | FTF

James Reimer signs with the Florida Panthers | FTF
Reimer played in a total of nine games for the Sharks, starting eight and coming in to relieve Martin Jones once in the playoffs.

Canucks Sign Loui Eriksson To Six Year Deal | NM
"As free agency opens, Vancouver wastes little time in locking down some scoring help on the wing."

The Edmonton Oilers Acquire Defenseman Adam Larsson for a Pinecone | C&B
"Sometimes, a potent combination of perspective and denial is great for coping with trauma. Here is some much-needed therapy for languishing Oilers fans out there." Poor Oil.