Free Agent Frenzy - Updating Mini Blog
July 1st (and July 2nd…and 3rd…and 4th…and 5th) is upon us and we’ll be keeping track of the free agent signings here in this updating blog.
– Buffalo signs Kevin Porter. The first free agent signed from the now apparently-cursed Mueller/Porter/Wolski trade.
– Today is the deadline for player-elected arbitration: Sam Gagner (Edmonton), Rafael Diaz (Montreal), Sergei Kostitsyn (Nashville) and Kris Versteeg (Florida) have filed. The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration is tomorrow, already Vancouver has announced they’re taking Mason Raymond.
– The Oilers have also re-signed Jeff Petry, 2 years, $1.75 mil per. Washington re-signs Jay Beagle, 3 years, $900K per.
– Devan Dubnyk, the apparent answer to Edmonton’s goaltending issues, has re-signed for 2 years, $7 million. And the Blues have re-signed David Perron 4 years, $15.25 million.
– Calgary re-signs Mikael Backlund 1 yr, $725K. The first good value signing the Flames have made in a long time it feels like. Also, Minnesota re-signs Justin Falk (not the good one in Carolina, different spelling) at 1 yr, $825K and the Joslin signing is official to Vancouver, a two-way deal worth $700K in the NHL, they also signed Joe Mullen’s son Patrick.
– The Habs re-up Frederic St. Denis for one year, two-way.
– Flyers with some signings: Bruno Gervais at 2 years, $825K per. Ruslan Fedotenko is brought back for 1 year, $1.75 mil.
– Might as well keep this going, as there’s still some quality names (relatively speaking) out there:
– Krys Barch signs for 2 years with New Jersey, and they have re-signed Tim Sestito.
– Reportedly (according to his sister): Derek Joslin signs with Vancouver after being bought out by Carolina.
– Mathieu Perreault re-signs with Washington for two years.
– The Flames re-sign RFAs Paul Byron and Akim Aliu.
– The Oilers have signed Dane Byers to a two-way contract.
—— Day 4 ———
– Philippe Dupuis 1 year, $600K to the Pens (two-way). Working on becoming a checking line center, work in progress. Might just end up being minor league vet. No, not related to Pascal, to the best of my knowledge.
– Matt Carle to Tampa Bay for 6 years, $33 million.
– Winnipeg found their new backup, Al Montoya at 1 year, $601,000.
– Contract structure for the two: 12, 12, 11, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 6, 2, 1, 1
Might be the last contracts like that.
– Parise deal is about 13 years, $98 million – cap hit of a little more than $7.5 million. Same for Suter. Congratulations to Minnesota.
– Ryan Suter to Minnesota! Zach Parise too! What a great today for Mikko Koivu and the Minnesota Wild!
– Evgeni Dadonov is off to Donbass (KHL)
– Steve Sullivan to the Phoenix Coyotes for 1 year, $1.85 million + bonuses
——Day 3 ——— – Jake Dowell signs a two-year deal with Minnesota. Jake and Ryan Suter played in the USNTDP together, are very good friends and share the same agent.
– Stars also sign swingman Tyler Sloan to a two-way deal at $600K
– Jean-Francois Jacques has signed with Florida, two-way deal.
– Taylor Pyatt signs a two-year deal with the Rangers as they collect a couple more fourth liners. $1.55 million per for Pyatt.
– Better than nothing. Another 40-year-old gets $4.55 million from Dallas. Jaromir Jagr is a Star. New ownership, not afraid to spend. Should be interesting how Jagr works with a very young, defensive-minded coach in Glen Gulutzan. Maybe a coaching style adjustment for the Stars?
– Rob Klinkhammer signed with Phoenix; Hugh Jessiman signed with Ottawa.
– Mike Moore to Nashville, two-way deal – former Shark.
– Bill Thomas to Colorado, two-way deal. Some entry-level contracts are coming in, not sure I want to go there unless people really want me to. But the NHL generally puts a moratorium on entry-level contracts between June 1 – July 1. The only exception this year that I’m aware of was an extension for Slovakians to get done because of the lack of transfer agreement. As far as I know, that has not been remedied. Tomas Jurco from Saint John (QMJHL) and the Red Wings organization, for instance, would be effected.
Ok I’ve got some updating to do.
– I wasn’t sure that Winnipeg was going to close as fast as they did on Olli Jokinen, but they did, that’s a good fit there. 2 years, $9 million. Might play with Kane and Little. Re-unite Antropov and Ponikarovsky on their second line.
– Bryce Salvador remains a Devil, 3 years, $9.5 million. Nice retirement contract for Bryce, who was terrific in the playoffs for New Jersey.
– Former first overall pick Erik Johnson re-ups with Colorado, 4 years, $15 million – good value for them indeed.
– The Flyers bring back Danny Syvret and Mike Testwuide, mostly for their AHL squad, but could see some fill-in duty.
– Jack Hillen gets a one-way contract from Washington for $650K
– Martin St. Pierre signs with Chicago, good minor league scorer.
– Some players headed overseas, Vladimir Zharkov from New Jersey to CSKA Moscow (KHL) and goalie Andrew Raycroft will play in the Italian league.
– Long time fringe NHLer Nolan Baumgartner has retired.
—— Day 2 ——-
Trade: Buffalo gets: Steve Ott and Adam Pardy for Derek Roy. Buffalo trying to change the guard there. Roy had no future in Buffalo any longer and Ott is lost in the transition of moving the leadership to the youth. Pardy was horrendous this season as well. But the last horrendous d-man that Dallas dumped in what should have been a one-for-one trade was Matt Niskanen. I don’t think Pardy quite has the upside, but we’ll see.
– It is 6 years, $39 million for Carey Price with Montreal.
– The Bergevin presser was to announce a Carey Price extension of six years. Still waiting on the figures. Thinking it will be around $40 million.
– Correction: That last message was supposed to say, “Minutes away from continued Parise indecision” Resume holding breath.
– Minutes away from Parise decision. We’ll soon be able to exhale after establishing the breath-holding record…
– Biggest story so far of free agency is the arms race between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears, a couple of AHL powers. Hershey signs Jeff Taffe and Jon DiSalvatore to AHL deals.
– Alexander Bolduc re-signs with Phoenix. Chris Conner signs there from Detroit.
– Toby Petersen re-signs with Dallas for 2 years. Couple of Sharks minor things, Alex Stalock and Matt Irwin have been re-signed to one-year deals. Look out for Stalock, could be the starter for the Sharks within a year. Though he was hurt this season. They also bought Danny Groulx back from Europe.
– Jiri Hudler signs with Calgary, 4 years, $16 million. Not an indictment of Hudler, but the Flames are now the worst run franchise in hockey, they’ve jumped (ducked under?) over Columbus in that regard.
– Marc Bergevin, the new boss in Montreal, has put off talking to the media twice today already. He’ll be ready to go at 4:30 (little less than an hour from now), so maybe he’s got some news, but he’s got two big in-house issues to deal with I believe also as Carey Price and P.K. Subban are both RFAs. If it’s a Price contract extension, you’re probably looking at 6-7 years, $6 or $7 million per.
– I stand corrected. Jeff Woywitka goes back to St. Louis – two-way deal, $700K.
– Made some inquiries around the league where I could…the entire hockey world basically at a standstill until Parise and Suter move on. After that, it’ll be a scramble to sign the rest of the guys available. The hours after Parise and Semin go, the action should pick up precipitously. But that’s hardly news anyway…
– Ducks sign Matt Smaby.
– Chicago is believed to be in the running on Parise also. Chicago’s, largely incomptent, writers believe Chicago and New Jersey are the final two teams. Surely, I won’t just dismiss the Blackhawks writers, but they have a history of not being well-connected…even yesterday it took them hours to figure out Sheldon Brookbank’s two year contract (Bob McKenzie had to come in and correct them). You never know though…
– A lot of teams still in that holding pattern obviously. Olli Jokinen’s interest around the league is picking up certainly. Islanders and Jets are involved to some degree, or have at least inquired about his services. Carlo Colaiacovo in similar boat, but “waiting for bigger names to go” seems to be the name of the game right now. Islanders also inquired about Cola.
– Former Pens farmhand Colin McDonald signs with the Islanders. Kevin Marshall and Garrett Stafford with the Capitals – all two-way deals. Also, Thomas Pock returns from Europe to sign a two-way with Colorado. Steven Pinizzotto re-signs with Vancouver.
– Reports from the Zach Parise camp at this hour is that the two teams on Parise’s short list are Minnesota and Pittsburgh…Martin Brodeur believes New Jersey is very much involved as well. It is believed that Philadelphia has the biggest offer, financially, in for both Parise and Suter, but – at this moment – it doesn’t seem that Philadelphia is likely to get either player. That can change though, certainly. Minnesota not far behind, or not behind at all, financially on Parise.
– Good to see Martin Brodeur return to New Jersey. 2 years, $4.5 million for him. Hopefully he can continue to perform at a high level for them while one of Maxime Clermont or Scott Wedgewood try to emerge as the next in line. Their backup will once again be Johan Hedberg, also a two-year deal, worth $1.4 mil per year with a NTC.
– Alexander Radulov is officially back to the KHL, he signed a 4-year contract with CSKA Moscow reportedly worth around $9 million per year. But the exact figures have not – and may not – be released.
—- Day 1 —-
– Some stragglers that keep disappearing for some reason:
– John Scott -> Buffalo, 1 year, $600K
– Joey Crabb -> Washington, 1 yr, $950K
– Trevor Smith -> Pittsburgh, 1 yr (two-way)
– Bryan Lerg -> Colorado, 1 yr (two-way)
– Bracken Kearns -> San Jose, 1 yr (two-way)
– Jay Leach -> New Jersey, 1 yr (two-way)
– Brian McGrattan re-signs with Nashville for $600K
– Matt Watkins -> Islanders 1 yr (two-way)
– Andrew Ebbett -> Vancouver 1 yr (two-way)
– Garrett Stafford and Kevin Marshall -> Washington
– Geoff Walker to Colorado
– Jason Garrison to Vancouver is done. 6 years, $4.6 million per. Left more money on the table from other teams.
– Seemed likely going in, Jason Garrison to Vancouver. Nice consolation prize after missing out on Justin Schultz.
– Finally got the Souray details coming out now: 3 years, $11 million from Anaheim. Surprised the Ducks threw the coin that they did at a couple of somewhat mediocre players in Allen and Souray. Both one-dimensional guys in their own respects. But that defense had some holes, certainly.
– Another relatively useless enforcer to Pittsburgh – Warren Peters. S.Brookbank’s deal in Chicago is $2.5 million per year. EDIT: Correction now, says $1.25 million per, $2.5 mil total…much better.
– Cedrick Desjardins and Michael Blunden to Montreal for one year deals, respectively.
– Aaron Rome to Dallas, 3 years, $4.5 million.
– Sheldon Souray to the Ducks is pending right now.
– Jordin Tootoo signs with Detroit: 3 years, $1.9 million per. An alarming rate of pay.
– Detroit brings back Mikael Samuelsson to a two-year deal, worth $3 million per and a no-trade clause.
– Dallas and Carolina out on Parise it seems. Probably going to be narrowed down to the usual or expected suspects for Zach: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, Minnesota and the like.
– I might be late to the party here, but Damien Brunner (26 year old Swiss star) has signed a one-year deal with Detroit.
– AHL goalie Mike McKenna to St. Louis
– Leafs minor re-signings: Matt Frattin (2 years, $850K per), Jussi Rynnas (1 year), Ryan Hamilton (1 year)
– Bryan Allen signs with Anaheim, 3 years, $3.5 million per.
– Little more on Reese. NHL lists him at 6’1”, 201 lbs. I think he looks smaller than that on the rink. Plays with a good amount of heart, just wants to be in the league. Went to Harvard. Plays more of a defensive game. A fringe NHLer at best, will probably battle Ben Lovejoy for a press box spot in the NHL, the loser is waived and sent down. Shouldn’t be a lot of interest in either candidate if and when that happens. Not much to say about him.
– Flyers offers for Parise and Suter exceed $200 million in total. Will they want to play for Philadelphia though?
– Salo’s deal with Tampa Bay is $3.75 million per year.
– Dylan Reese (Western PA native) Dylan Reese leaves the Isles for a one year, two-way deal with Pittsburgh. Served fairly well on the Isles, but ideally a #8 on a good team. Wilkes-Barre getting some decent additions.
– Sami Salo signs for two years with Tampa Bay. Two years for Salo is almost like one whole year for most players. Also, Jay McClement to Toronto for 2 years, $3 million.
– Sportsnet says Ryan Suter to Detroit. Nothing official. Not done yet.
– Jonathan Audy-Marchessault signs a three-year entry level deal with Columbus. Small forward, played in Quebec in the QMJHL, spent last year with Connecticut (AHL).
– Nothing coming from Martin Brodeur today. As I’ve said for a while, probably won’t see Parise or Suter go anywhere today either.
– Columbus gets Adrian Aucoin at one year, $2 million. Performance bonuses involved there. Allowed because it’s an over-35 contract.
– Ottawa out on Parise, out on Nash. Nash won’t waive his NTC for the Senators. Disappointing day for Bryan Murray and his staff. Really were throwing their weight around there for a big time player. Got a couple of good ones today, but he’s been wanting a big splash for a while. Won’t get his two big pieces.
– College standout Andy Miele re-signs with Phoenix for one year.
– Former Edmonton Oiler prospect and North Dakota product Taylor Chorney (D) signs a one-year, two-way deal with St. Louis.
– Chris Mason to Nashville for 1 yr, $1.25 million, plus bonuses. That’ll keep Jeremy Smith down for another year in the AHL, not that that’s a bad thing, of course. It’s $850K for Hordichuk in Edmonton, by the way.
– P.A. Parenteau to Colorado, 4 years, $16 million. I’ll just put this out there now. If Colorado buys out this contract on June 30, 2013: it’s $1,333,333 million per year until 2019.
– George Parros from SoCal to Sunrise. Now a Florida Panther. Two years, $925K per. Isles take previously bought out Eric Boulton on a one-year deal.
– Darcy Hordichuk to Edmonton. Alexei Ponikarovsky to Winnipeg, 1 year, $1.8 million. Good fit to replace Eric Fehr who had a tough time recovering from a shoulder injury this year. Ponikarovsky with Nikolai Antropov once again.
– Blackhawks won’t be without a #6/7 d-man with limited mobility for long – Sheldon Brookbank for 2 years.
– Greg Zanon deal forthcoming I believe. Colorado? Indeed, 2 years, $4.5 million total with Avs.
– Local Flyers guy says 12 years, ~$80M or so offers on the table for Suter and Parise. In NHL 12’s Be A GM mode, do you get experience points for that or anything? Lots of turnover in Philadelphia. Not sure how much the players like that. Carter, Richards, vanRiemsdyk had nearly 30 years worth of contract ahead of them when they were dealt if I’m not mistaken.
– Brandon Prust to Montreal, four years, $10 million. Wow. That’s a lot for a fourth liner.
– Crosby numbers: $12M, $12M, $12M, $10.9M, $10.9M, $10M, $9M, $9.6M, $9M, $3M, $3M, $3M.
– Some more toughness for New York®, Micheal Haley (yes, Micheal) signs for New York for two years. Likely headed to Connecticut though, not NHL caliber.
– Dustin Penner’s numbers are in: 1 year, $3.25 million. Little surprising how little of a discount the Kings got. Didn’t seem that Penner wanted to play anywhere else.
– Not saying it will or won’t. But I’ve gotten no indication from anyone I’ve talked to that Parise or Suter will decide today. Again, it could happen in 30 seconds. But I believe they’ll need some time to think this out unless their mind(s) is already made up from the get-go. Lots of optimism in Pittsburgh right now and there’s nothing to indicate they aren’t the front-runners. But nothing is done until it’s done. #Hrdina4Zubrus #Carkner2Colorado
– Just to comment on the Foligno/Methot deal. Foligno is an RFA, they’re giving his spot to Guillaume Latendresse. Methot is a solid defender, nothing amazing. Might be up there with Karlsson if things shake out well. Bigger upside belongs to Foligno, quick forward, good scorer, plays two-ways, good kid, good bloodlines. Surprised that Ottawa settled for just Methot, but that’s not to say he’s a bad player.
– Kris Newbury to the Rangers, 2 years, two-way. Francis Boullion back to Montreal, one year, $1.5 million.
– Note of caution on bogus twitter accounts. I’ll just explain by an example. The Penguins were always hot for Parise, we know that. TSN’s Pierre McGuire and Pierre LeBrun both say that the Pens are making progress with Parise and they are “confident” in getting Parise. Fake twitter rumor mongers will say “Parise to Pens” and then cover their [butts] with “not sure yet” or “not 100%” but when what they guess would happened happens, they say “I told you so”. If I flip a coin and call heads 5 times, the one time I get it, you better believe an “I told you so” is coming…classic rumor monger technique. Be cautious.
– Chad Johnson (former Penguin draft pick) has signed with the Coyotes, 1 year, 2-way. The numbers on David Moss are $2.1 million per for 2 years.
– Dustin Penner re-signs with Los Angeles for 1 year.
– Ottawa trades Nick Foligno to Columbus for Marc Methot. Foligno has second line upside. Methot a bit over-priced but plays defense well.
– Filip Kuba back to Florida, 2 years, $8 million.
– Flyers have made 10 year offers for both Parise and Suter, reportedly.
– Pittsburgh gets tougher with Tanner Glass. 2 years, $1.1 million per for him. Not very quick, but extremely physical. Will drop the gloves. Very competent defensively for a player of his ilk. Very nice kid off the rink also. He’s one of the guys I had the Pens targetting in a previous article on FF, really ups the physical quotient on the fourth line for Pittsburgh.
– Arron Asham to the New York Rangers, two years, $2 million. They replace Prust there. That’s every team in the Atlantic for Asham, is it not?
– Quickly on Holzapfel: No NHL experience, always right on the cusp, never could quite get a shot. Good skater, good hockey sense, former 2nd round pick. Thought to be a two-way guy that could provide some offense, but now mostly a checker. 13th forward. It’s a two-way deal and because of the AHL salary, he won’t require re-entry waivers to come up. Would require waivers to go down, of course.
– Minor stuff: Correction, Colorado Avalanche were wrong, the Isles got Matt Carkner (3 years, $4.5 million), Curtis McElhinney signed by Columbus to a one-year deal, will be in the AHL this year very likely. Ben Street to Calgary, two-way deal.
– Riley Holzapfel signs with Pittsburgh. Could provide some nice depth. Never got a great shot at the NHL. One year deal.
– Brad Boyes signs with the New York Islanders at 1 year, $1 million. Could be a big help with John Tavares on the cheap if he gets the chance.
– Adam Burish signs a four year deal with San Jose, $1.8 million per.
– Minor signings: Steve MacIntyre re-signs with Pittsburgh, 2-year, 2-way deal. Andre Benoit signs with Ottawa, one-year, $650K. Editorial: Hard to believe that SMac can get a two-year deal, even if he will ride the buses for nearly all of it. Strange signing. Eric Godard, for the record, was bought out by Dallas yesterday, though it didn’t make much news. Was being scratched in the AHL.
– Tough guy Brad Staubitz to Anaheim. 2 year deal. Tells me that Parros is moving on. Parros is a fan favorite in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller even dedicated a mask to him last season. Staubitz, I believe, led the Wild and Habs in fighting majors last season.
– Ray Whitney signs with Dallas: 2 years, $9 million.
– Confirmation of Guillaume Latendresse signing in Ottawa. One year, $1.25 million can make it up to $2 million in possible bonuses. Those that are wondering how he can get bonuses, he’s eligible because it’s a one-year deal and he spent 100 or more days on IR last season. Great signing by Ottawa.
– Colby Armstrong just announced himself that he is signing a one-year deal, $1 million with Montreal after being bought out by Toronto.
– Torrey Mitchell is 3 years, $1.9 million in Minnesota. So, another depth player for them.
– Guillaume Latendresse to Ottawa? Torrey Mitchell to Minnesota? Waiting for details…also, we could have some trade talk developing here with Edmonton and Ales Hemsky. Hemsky for Methot? Helps both teams, salaries are close enough. Just speculating…
– Minnesota signs tough, fourth line center Zenon Konopka to a two-year deal. Very good 1st, 3rd and 4th line centers in Minnesota. Mikko Koivu at 1, Kyle Brodziak at 3 and Darrol Powe/Konopka at 4 (both can play wing). They need a #2, Mikael Granlund?
– Jeff Zatkoff (G) signs with Pittsburgh, two years, two-way $525K/$105K. Pretty decent goalie from LA system, will serve well in the minors. Never really got a shot at the NHL because of Quick/Bernier/Ersberg contingent in LA.
– Mike Lundin 1 year, $1.15 million to Ottawa, good positionally sound defenseman. Can play limited minutes with acumen.
– Rangers have re-signed Group VI free agent Stu Bickel, two years at $750K.
– Joe Corvo to Carolina, one-year deal, $2 million. Good power play player, not much for defense. Justin Peters, goaltender, also re-signed. Brian Boucher will miss the first half of the season with an injury, might need Peters as a backup quite a bit.
– Update on Michael Leighton. He did re-sign with Philadelphia. One year, $900K and it’s a one-way deal. That’s not to say he won’t be sent down, but they’d have to pay him full freight down there.
– Matt Carkner to the Isles. Rugged #7, tough guy, kind of like Engelland or Stu Bickel. Shouldn’t feature much in the lineup, but likes to hurt things.
– Worker and fourth liner John Mitchell signs with Colorado. 2 years, $1.1 million per.
– Jonas Gustavsson signs with Detroit: 2 years, $1.5 mil per. Toronto and Winnipeg both passed on him. Detroit is always a good place for goalies to go to resurrect careers. Big problem with the Monster is that he was forced into the Allaire goalie school in Toronto. Forced to be a “blocker” instead of play his own style. Not all goalies want to be walls without reflex. Martin Brodeur also dislikes the Allaire’s methods – I don’t blame him.
– Not confirmed yet, but Jonas Gustavsson to Detroit and Michael Leighton re-signs with Philadelphia. Not 100% yet though.
– Correction: David Moss signs with Phoenix for two years.
– Derek Meech re-signs with the Jets, one-year, two-way deal. $700K in the NHL. Ok #6/7 d-man. Only played 2 games last year due to injury.
– Jordan Staal has signed an extension with Carolina. 10 years, $60 million. Staal will be used in the offense majorly. Considered a cornerstone of the franchise already.
– Goaltender Scott Clemmensen has re-signed with Florida. 2 years at $1.2 million per. Will hold down Jacob Markstrom another year it appears. Markstrom has dealt with injuries so far early in his young career, Florida wants him to get more experience in the AHL. Florida not out of Luongo sweepstakes.
– Benoit Pouliot did become a UFA after not being qualified after being acquired by Tampa Bay. However, he did come to terms with the Lightning at 1 year, $1.8 million.
– Ryan Smyth will finish his career with Edmonton, 2 years, $2.25 million per. Expected to be in a reduced role. Slowing down considerably with age. Oilers also signed Yann Danis to a one year deal at $775K, it is a two-way deal. Goaltender that played well for Oklahoma City (AHL) last season.
– Brett Sutter signs a two-way deal with Carolina ($550K/$105K)