NHL Free Agent Update: Evander Kane Signs and John Carlson Update

NHL Free Agent’s Evander Kane and John Carlson are at the center of our discussion. Was Kane’s deal worth it and where is Carlson going in July?

It isn’t the NHL free agent period yet, but we’re already seeing movement amongst some of them. Evander Kane has signed a seven-year $49 million deal with the San Jose Sharks. Is it worth it?

After scoring 54 points between the Buffalo Sabres and the San Jose Sharks Kane had his second most productive season. Add five points in nine playoff games, and it seems like the Sharks got a good deal.

But then you remember that two years ago Kane put up 35 points in 65 games played. Sure some years he can be productive, but some years he doesn’t. Hopefully, the Sharks don’t get any of those years out of Kane.

Carlson to Toronto

The two other guys on the show think that John Carlson stays with the Washington Capitals. I think he leaves. And the Toronto Maple Leafs is the top destination, in my mind.

They have a ton of cap space and all we’ve heard is that the Maple Leafs are a number one defender away from being true contenders. John Carlson is that guy.

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NHL Sign, Trade, Waive: The Swedish, Russian, Free Agents

If you had to sign, trade, or waive one of three NHL players, who would you pick and why?

On this week’s show we tried out a new feature called Sign, Trade, Waive. Where we ask each other, and you, what NHL player you’d sign, which one you’d trade away, and which one you’d waive? It sounds easy, but when you’re confronted with the question and three really good NHL players it’s anything but.

This week we all had a trio of players and all had a theme:

mitchMitch – Unrestricted Free Agents

James van Riemsdyk | Toronto Maple Leafs
Evander Kane | San Jose Sharks
David Perron | Vegas Golden Knights

All three have similar output, are of similar age, and are at similar crossroads in their NHL careers. Which one do you keep? And which one is worthless?

harperHarper – Swedish Defensemen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson | Arizona Coyotes
Victor Hedman | Tampa Bay Lightning
Erik Karlsson | Ottawa Senators

If you had to pick a number one Swedish defenseman who would take from the three? Even if you waive OEL, you still have to make a decision between Karlsson and Hedman. Which do you value more?

darcynewDarcy – Russian Big Name Forwards

Nikita Kucherov | Tampa Bay Lightning
Evgeni Malkin | Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Ovechkin | Washington Capitals

Kucherov has the youth. But Ovie has the cannon of a shot and the body of a beast. And Malkin is just good at everything. Literally everything. So which one do you waive?