Finally, RFA Signings Start To Kick Up

Today, 4 RFAs (well one was a soon-to-be-RFA)were finally signed to contracts across the league. This summer has been slow when it comes to contracts but now we’re staring to see some movement that will hopefully spark more RFA signings.

Roland McKeown, Carolina Hurricanes, $700,000 AAV, one-year

Roland McKeown, a 23-yearo-old right defenseman, has seen 10 NHL games in his career. Last season, he played in 70 regular-season games with the Charlotte Checkers and collected 4 goals and 21 assists for 25 points alongside a +30 rating but 56 PIMs. In playoffs, McKeown helped his team win the Calder Cup, playing in 10 games with 3 assists and a +7 rating.

McKeown’s contract has an NHL $700,000 AAV with a $70,000 AAV if he’s in the minors with a $90,000 guarantee. His contract takes up .86% of the Hurricane’s Cap Hit. The team has $2,495,209 left in cap space with no RFAs left. At the time, no performance and signing bonuses have been announced.

Nikolay Goldobin, Vanouver Canucks, $900,000 AAV, one-year

Nikolay Goldobin, a 23-year-old left winger, played in 63 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, tallying 27 points (7 G, 20 A) with a -10, averaging 14:59, and only 18 PIMs. The Canucks did not make it to playoffs last season. Goldobin has played in 124 NHL games though with 46 points (19 G 27 A) and a -23.

Goldobin’s new contract is reported to be $900,000 in both the minors and NHL. His contract takes 1.10% of the Cancuks Cap Hit. The Canucks have $4,158,461 in cap space and just Brock Boeser left to sign. At the time, no performance and signing bonuses have been announced.

Adrian Kempe, LA Kings, $2,000,000 AAV, three-years

Adrian Kempe, a 22-year-old left winger, played in 81 NHL games last season while putting up 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. He had a -10 rating, 50 PIMs, and averaged 14:30 on the ice per game. The Kings did not make playoffs last year. In his career, Kempe has played in 187 NHL games with 30 goals, 41 assists for 71 points and a -2 rating.

Kempe’s new contract has a $2,000,000 AAV across the board with no bonuses and continues until 2021-2022. His contract takes 2.45% of the Kings’ Cap Hit but the Kings still have $6,740,606 in cap space with no RFAs left.

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes, $7,150,000, eight-years

Now, for the largest contract of today’s signings! Clayton Keller, 21-year-old centre, signed for eight more years in the desert even though he still has one year left on his entry level contract. Keller played in all 82 games last season with 14 goals and 33 assists for 47 points. He had a -21 rating with 24 PIMS, while averaging 18:14 on the ice per game. The Coyotes did not make playoffs. Keller has played in 167 NHL games with 37 goals, 77 assists for 114 points and a -31 rating.

Keller has one more year on his current contract at $1,673,333 AAV before his $7,150,000 a season AAV kicks in. Keller’s new contract has a wavey progression in it so here is the contract over the 8 seasons.

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Chart Via: CapFriendly

Keller’s contract will take up 8.77% on the Coyotes Cap Hit but they have don’t have to worry about that until after this season.

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