NHL Signings July 8: Moves throughout the league continue
Ricky Gray | July 8, 2022
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From Marc-Andre Fleury to a Petr Mrazek, here's what you need to know.
We expected there to be plenty of trades in the NHL but Petr Mrazek being traded by the Maple Leafs is kind of a shocking one. Still, it’s one the Maple Leafs deemed necessary.
Toronto sent Mrazek to the Chicago Blackhawks along with a 2022 first-round draft choice to Chicago on Thursday for a Blackhawks' 2022 second-round selection.
In doing this, the Maple Leafs unloaded the final two seasons of Mrazek's contract and retained none of the $3.8 million per year cap hit. Considering he’s a backup goalie, this could be a good move by Toronto.
Mrazek went ent 12-6-0 with an .888 SV% and 3.34 GAA in the 2021-22 season. Eventually, he was sidelined by a groin injury that kept him out of the Maple Leafs’ playoff run.
Taking Mrazek off the books gives the Leafs over $10 million in space for the 2022-23 season. At this moment, it would seem as if the Maple Leafs are looking to rebuild the team.
For the Blackhawks, they’ll get themselves a goalie that is looking to prove himself. Mrazek did well for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2018-21 going 50-32-8 with a .911 SV%.
In other goalie news, the Minnesota Wild will be keeping Marc-Andre Fleury on their team. He signed an extension with the group on a two-year, $7m contract.
Fleury had an although short, but impressive time with the Wild in 2021. He went 9-2-0 with a .910 save percentage and 2.74 goals-against average to finish out the regular season with Minnesota.
During the postseason, Fleury went 2-3-0 with a .906 save percentage and a 3.04 goals-against average. The Wild were eliminated in the first round by the St. Louis Blues.
This move by the Wild will keep the Cam Talbot and Fleury tandem at least through this season.