NHL teams went absolutely bonkers on the first day of free agency dishing out well over $600 million worth of contracts to players.
As expected the Anaheim Ducks elected to stay on the sidelines rather than giving out ridiculous amounts of money and term to players who, in many cases, don’t deserve it.
That was the smart thing to do, too, because the Ducks simply can not afford to go on a spending spree.
The Ducks currently have less than $16 million in cap space. A good chunk of that will go to Hampus Lindholm as well as Rickard Rakell and, on top of getting those two re-upped, the Ducks also need to bring in three or four forwards and find themselves a legitimate backup goaltender for John Gibson.
Taking care of all that won’t be cheap so the Ducks can’t afford to bring in the top-end winger Bob Murray covets unless some significant salary can be moved (hello, Cam Fowler).
I know it’s not exciting but don’t expect Murray to do anything other than sign cheap depth players in free agency. That’s all he can do.