Joined: Feb 2021
Grading the Canes free agent signing from today:
Antti Raanta: A- (Good backup. Steal if he stays healthy)
Tony DeAngelo: FFFFFFFF- (I'd rather not start about this)
Josh Leivo: B (Good 4th liner. I like how he plays and it's a good AAV)
Ian Cole: C+ (Love the addition, but a bit too much $ for my liking)
CJ Smith: C (Not a super talented player by any means, but he's still a solid depth option and an AHL All-Star)
Frederik Andersen: D+ (Something feels weird in my gut about this signing. He has a chance to bounce back, but I have a hard time seeing it. Regardless it's an overpayment and all I can hope is that he regains his .900+ SV%)
Pretty much the good signings were Raanta, Leivo, and Cole, while the bad signings were Andersen and TDA. Smith will likely just play in the AHL, so it doesn't change the team much anyways, though I do like it for depth.
We took some major steps back letting Hamilton, Mrazek, Nedeljkovic, Reimer, and McGinn all walk for these guys, but there is still hope that we can maybe make one more add for our forward group in the coming days. Fingers crossed for Saad.