Chevy drove in from the lake to today to check two more RFA signings from his long summer to do list. Both Tucker Poolman and Marko Dano signed today for cap friendly deals that will see Dano staying for one more year and Poolman staying for three.
Lets start with Tucker Poolman, an up and coming defenseman that’s showing early signs he might become a serviceable blueliner. His deal is for three years with an AAV of $775,000.00. This is pretty good value considering Poolman’s development is predicted to trend much higher. During his rookie season he showed good signs he was acclimating to the pros despite coming off of major shoulder surgery.
Marko Dano avoided arbitration by signing a one year, $800,000.00 contract which seems about right for a club that’s still trying to find a place for Dano in the roster. Largely used as a depth forward, Marko’s never played a full NHL campaign and although the he’s been a fancy stats darling, he’s never put up big point totals. Look for him to grace the press box again next year, barring injury, unless he’s used as trade sweetener first.
Even with these value signings the Jets are coming up against the salary cap in a big way. With several RFAs left to sign including most notably Josh Morrisey and tricky Nicky Petan, could player movement be on the horizon? We’ll have to wait and see who signs for what first, but there’s a lot of contracts to sign and not a ton of cap space to go around.