It’s finally here. July 1st. Canada Day. Hockey. Free Agent Frenzy is about to start.
One of the most interesting NHL offseasons gets going today with some marquee names still available and a long list of players ready to find a new home.
While some of the big names such as Erik Karlsson, William Karlsson, Jeff Skinner, among others, have already signed and are off the board, plenty of big names are still out there.
A trio of Columbus Blue Jackets players lead the way as the most attractive names.
Artermi Panarin is off a career 87-point season and is looking to cash in some big bucks from a total of 4 NHL seasons in which he scored at least 74 points. Early reports have Panarin heading to Manhattan to play for the Rangers, a move which will significantly alter the sports betting outlook of the New York Rangers.
Matt Duchene is likely heading for his 4th team in the past 3 seasons after stints with the Av’s, Senators, and the Jackets. The talented center had 70 points last season but it always seems like if he finds the right fit, he could be a point per game player. Has yet to happen for him and perhaps Duch is more like the 55-70 point kind of player. Nashville and Montreal are the frontrunners for Duchene but the Preds seem to have a little bit of an edge in this battle.
Sergei Bobrovsky is the third player from Columbus looking for a new home this summer. A Vezina Trophy winner, Bob has had an outstanding career in the NHL, often keeping the Blue Jackets in games they had no business in being in. Now that Roberto Luongo has retired, the Florida Panthers need a goalie and are one of the few teams that actually have the cap space to sign Bob, who made 7.43M in 17-18 and will likely get a pay raise this season.