Big-Name Players Ink Deals as Offseason Winds Down

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Some fans expected this NHL offseason to be less turbulent than last year’s, however, this has proven to be false.

As the offseason winds down, many big-name players who were unable to get deals done during Free Agent Frenzy are inking major contracts across the league. Notable signings include Tim Stutzle with Ottawa, Kirby Dach with Montreal, J.T. Miller with Vancouver, Jake Oettinger with Dallas, and Tage Thompson with Buffalo.

Players are excited to get contract discussions out of the way and begin focusing on the season ahead. “I’m excited to be here, it was a good first day, a good first skate. Good to be around the guys. Just looking forward to the start of camp and getting things going,” Canadiens forward Kirby Dach says after signing his 4-year $13.45 million dollar contract.

An offseason filled with chaos and excitement is finally beginning to wind down. Record-breaking numbers of free agency signings, tense contract discussions, and stunning twists made for an offseason to remember.

One of the biggest twists was superstar Johnny Gaudreau signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets, passing up offers from his former team in Calgary, the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils. “It’s a disappointing day to say the very least,” Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving remarked about the signing.

The 2022-2023 NHL preseason will begin on September 24th. The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will play at 2:00 PM on October 7th to begin the regular season.

“There was a significant amount of player movement this offseason, so it will be interesting to see how players adapt to their new teams,” Mr. Moore says about the energy around the upcoming season.