Free agency day technically hasn’t started yet, but we’re already well into Free Agent Frenzy. A wealth of free agents, ranging from major names like Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky to smaller names like Richard Panik and Ryan Hartman, have already agreed on contracts during the NHL’s free agent interview period.
According to Darren Dreger, the Canucks and Tyler Myers are closing in on a contract. Dreger said on Twitter that there’s no reason that the Canucks and Myers won’t come to a deal and that they’re just ironing out the details now. This deal really isn’t shocking as it’s something that’s been talked about for weeks now. We’ll find out soon what the terms are.
Also, it appears the Canucks will be adding another defender in Jordie Benn. Like with Myers, we don’t know the terms of the contract just yet. It was reported earlier by Rick Dhaliwal that the Canucks were in on Benn, so this also isn’t anything out of left field.
Both the Myers and Benn deals are confirmed as “things to look for” by Elliotte Freidman…
Joe Pavelski to Dallas (I’d initially heard four x $8 million, but The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta reports it is three x $7 million-ish); Mats Zuccarello to Minnesota (five x $5.8 million); Joonas Donskoi to Colorado (AAV between three and $4 million); Brett Connolly to Florida (four x $3.5 million); Richard Panik to Washington (four x something more than $2.5 million); Jordie Benn and Tyler Myers to Vancouver; a goalie carousel that includes Sergei Bobrovsky to Florida (looking around seven x $10 million), Mike Smith to Edmonton and Cam Talbot to Calgary.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2019
It looks like a five-year deal with a cap hit of $6 million for Myers, which is significantly less than the seven-year deal worth as much as $8 million annually that had been speculated over the last few weeks.