Rumors in NHL: are there any different contractual acquisitions?


Athletic’s Harman Dayal and Thomas Drance on Tuesday compiled a list of 10 players that could be purchased during the July 1-12 window.

Canadian teams include Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Petr Mrazek, Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian, Vancouver Canucks forward Jason Dickinson and Ottawa Senators players Colin White and Matt Murray.

Mrazek’s future has been the subject of much speculation since the regular season, when the 30-year-old goalkeeper was limited to 20 games due to various injuries. He recorded a save percentage of 88.8% and an average of 3.34 goals against the average in the first season of a three-year contract worth 11.4 million dollars with an average annual value of 3.8 million. A buyout would give the Maple Leafs an additional $ 2.76 million in space this season and nearly $ 3 million the following year. However, the team would then be left with a charge of $ 1.43 million per season for the duration of the contract.

Kassian scored six goals and 19 points in 58 games last season, adding two goals and four points in 16 playoff games. The 31-year-old is under contract for another two seasons, earning $ 3.2 million. A buyout would give the Oilers an additional $ 2.5 million for next season and $ 1.33 million in 2023-24. The team would then be left with a charge of just under a million dollars ($ 966,667) for the next two seasons.

Dickinson has scored five and 11 points in 62 games this season, his first with the Canucks. He joined the Vancouver team last summer as an unlimited free agent on a three-year contract of $ 7.95 million, with an average salary of $ 2.65 million. The 26-year-old’s purchase would free up just over $ 1.7 million in margin for the Canucks next season and nearly $ 2.6 million in 2023-24. The team would end up with a cap of just under $ 1 million for the two seasons 2024-26.

White is entering season four of a $ 28.5 million six-year contract signed with Ottawa as a limited free agent in 2019. The 25-year-old scored three goals and 10 points in 24 games last season and was unable to recreate the success he had before signing the deal, when he had 14 goals and 41 points in 2018-19. Since he’s under 26, a buyout would save the Senators $ 3.875 million of the $ 4.75 million White ordered over the next two seasons and would have $ 5.375 million in game space. The acquisition would then leave a $ 875,000 cap for the next three seasons.

Murray has been limited to just 47 starts in his first two seasons in Ottawa since signing a $ 25 million four-year contract with an average annual value of $ 6.25 million. The 28-year-old had a save rate of 90.6% and averaged 3.05 goals against the average in 20 games last season, while losing a lot of time due to an upper body injury. A buyout would free the Senators $ 4.5 million in cap space this season and $ 5.5 million in 2023-24. However, he would also have left a $ 2.5 million charge for the next two seasons.


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