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Where Should They Sign?

from ESPN,

While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for five of the biggest names left:

Jake Gardiner, D
2018-19 team: Toronto Maple Leafs
2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million

Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: The New Jersey Devils have $19.845 million in cap space and two left-handed shooting defensemen in Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen coming off their cap next summer. The team's biggest need, besides an overall increase in quality depth, is on the blue line, even with the addition of P.K. Subban. Gardiner, and his offensive upside, would be a welcome addition.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: The Canadiens would be a great fit. They still have some cap space to spend -- call it the Sebastian Aho savings -- and they could definitely use some talent on the left side. A Gardiner signing could be bad news for Karl Alzner, though.

Dimitri Filipovic, hockey analytics writer: The Canadiens. It's weird just how little buzz there's been about Gardiner through the first two weeks of free agency, considering he came in as the best defenseman available.

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Primis's avatar

Just a heads up, the link points to ESPN Africa edition.  Don’t know if that might cause problems for anyone.

Posted by Primis on 07/15/19 at 08:44 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Thanks P…- fixed, back to the USA.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/15/19 at 08:48 PM ET

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