The National Hockey League started their signing period for 2020 in October. Multiple players have switched organizations & received larger contracts for their considerable skillsets. Two recent acquisitions were announced, with the Boston Bruins confirming they’ve contracted Matt Grzelcyk. October 18th saw the final signing agreement between Matt Grzelcyk & the Boston Bruins. It’ll sustain four-years at the maximum valuation $14.75 Million.
Matt Grzelcyk was resigned with the Boston Bruins after Torey Krug departed the organization this year. Grzelcyk was the best option for replacement, sustaining 21-Points throughout 68 matches in the 2019-20 NHL Season. It’s a notable improvement was prior seasons with the Bruins, where Matt Grzelcyk would acquire 33-Points of 197 games. It should be noted that this defenceman has also sustained 10-Points during post-season appearances. Drastic improvement seen over the last season made Bruins coaching staff consider Matt Grzelcyk as a viable replacement for Torey Krug.
Cody Ceci Joins the Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced their latest defencemen on October 18th, showing their Boston rivals that their defensive line has also grown. Cody Ceci was advised to sign a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, earning the defencemen $1.25 Million. Ceci is leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs after one season to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His 2019-20 NHL Season with the Toronto Maple Leafs was horrendous, with several assists and one goal being acquired.
Cody Ceci spent the majority of his career with the Ottawa Senators. He’d compete with the Senators from 2012 to 2018 before departing with the organization. Ceci acquired 93 Assists & 33 Goals during 496 games with the Ottawa Senators. These low statistics have made it challenging for Cody Ceci to locate a formidable organization. However, competing with the Pittsburgh Penguins gives this defenceman ample opportunity to overcome recent challenges.
An official statement on Cody Ceci’s acquisition was made by Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager, Jim Rutherford. Sentiments evoked that Cody Ceci is a two-way defenceman, with capabilities to dominate in the speed & attacking categories. Rutherford noted that the playoff experience Cody brings would be valued at the Pittsburgh Penguins camp.
Braden Holtby has signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks, leaving the Washington Capitals after playing with the top-level team for numerous reasons. Holtby became a free agent during the NHL 2020 Draft, with multiple groups looking to contract the Stanley Cup-winning player. Acquiring Braden Holtby can be beneficial or horrendous for the Vancouver Canucks. His associated cost for the acquisition was extensive, leaving the Canucks minimal funds for NHL Cap Finances. Vancouver still has multiple divisions of their lineup that must be accounted for & changed before the 2020-21 NHL Season begins.
Braden Holtby has become infamous throughout the National Hockey League. His goaltending capabilities are extensive & formidable, making him one of the top-ten NHL goalies. Leaving the Washington Capitals wasn’t an easy choice for Braden Holtby, with the team & himself mutually deciding that it’s best to part ways. Joining the Vancouver Canucks is beneficial for the team on multiple levels, with their requirements for a goaltender, including someone that can train Thatcher Demko. The wealth of knowledge & experience maintained by Braden Holtby will surely assist Thatcher in his development.
Braden Holtby has a fantastic reputation throughout the Washington & NHL community. He’s engaged with dozens of charitable causes, which will extend towards the Vancouver region. Braden was born in Western Canada & holds loyalty to teams like the Canucks. His ultimate home-team would be the Edmonton Oilers, but their goaltending positions have long been filled.
Challenges for Head Coach Chris Tanev & General Manager Jim Benning
The Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning, issued an official statement regarding the acquisition of Braden Holtby. It’s expressed by General Manager Benning that Braden Holtby will add established experience to the Vancouver Canucks, while providing leadership & demonstration capabilities that’ll inspire our players. GM Benning believes that Braden Holtby will become an influential & essential member in their team’s history.
The Vancouver Canucks now have challenges with revamping their lineup. Head Coach Chris Tanev must locate another top-ten defenceman and another blueliner. Considering that $8 Million is the remaining funds available in their NHL Cap Finances, acquiring notable players for these positions will be challenging. It cannot be expected for the goaltender to act as defencemen as well.
A new goaltender is arriving at the Pittsburgh Penguins, with it being announced that the National Hockey League Team has acquired Tristan Jerry until 2024 for $10.5 Million. This enables an annual salary of $3.5 Million for the goaltender, who became an All-Star Goalie in 2020. Aged 25, his accomplishments have become noteworthy throughout the NHL & on October 9th was slated to become a free agent. Before entering the free-agent status, Tristan Jarry has acquired a new contract with his prolonged employers. It comes after the Pittsburgh Penguins learned that their current goaltender, Matt Murray, would likely leave the team following this season.
Tristan Jarry maintained a career-best year throughout 2020 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His rankings are listed at 20-12-1, with the National Hockey Leagues best average throughout this season. He maintained a point-percentage of .921 for saving, with a goals-against-average of 2.43. His 2020 season comprised of 33 games & three shutouts. His prominence with the Pittsburgh Penguins came to light during the most recent season, where Matt Murray regularly refused to compete after being informed, he’ll be a “Restricted Free Agent” or traded to another team.
The newest lead goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins spoke about his new contract. Tristan Jarry expressed that throughout the last season, he’s pushed himself during practice & the official games. His goal was to become more competitive than Matt Murray, and the majority the Pittsburgh Penguins. This way, he could evoke motivation & push his fellow athletes to perform at their best. It’s these core reasons why Tristan Jarry believes he was selected over another NHL goaltender during offseason trades.
Pittsburgh Penguins Have Fallout with Matt Murray
Losing Matt Murray is detrimental on a minor level for the Pittsburgh Penguins. His skillsets enabled the Penguins to stand victorious over the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2016 % 2017. Murray spent five consecutive seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was expected to leave a free agent. Learning that he’ll enter a restricted status or be traded had created tension between Murray & the Penguins coaching staff. It’s left both parties in an awkward position of appearing pleasant in their goodbyes but wishing the other a daunting future.