Only one NHL team didn't sign a free agent this summer and fans are unhappy

Published August 25, 2022 at 6:13 PM
BY JEFF DROUIN

Since the opening of the free-agency market on July 13, almost every team in the NHL has made various free-agent signings.

Of course, some signings have been more important than others, but it must be said that despite the fact that the majority of teams have added players to their roster, this may seem rather surprising given that the salary cap has hardly increased during the off-season.

We must also add that many teams were stuck with the salary cap but despite all that, 31 of the 32 teams signed free agents.

This means that only one team was unable to add a single free agent player to their roster and as Marco Normandin of Habsolumentfan.com reports, let's just say that the team in question could have easily been able to add depth via the free agent market.


The team in question, the New York Islanders, had over $11 million available under the salary cap and despite all that, no free agent was able to come to Long Island.

Still, Lou Lamoriello added depth to the defense with the acquisition of Alexander Romanov. The Islanders' GM also came close to signing Nazem Kadri, but the latter finally agreed to a seven-year contract with the Calgary Flames.

Let's just say that Islanders fans are currently unhappy and are not shy to let it be known on social networks.


However, Lamoriello has often had the habit of waiting until the end of the summer before announcing any signings. Could he be in for a surprise and announce a few more players in the next few weeks?

It's possible, but the list of free agents still available on the market is starting to get thinner and thinner.
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