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caley 05-20-2013 03:09 PM

European Free Agents Signing in the NHL
 
Now that the WHCs are over, we should see some European free agents signing with NHL clubs soon.

There's been a handful of rumors, so far, but no real action.
-Andy Strickland reports that St. Louis and RFA Jori Lehtera have picked up negotiations this past week.
-I've seen a few sources speculate that Nashville will likely sign UFA Ole-Kristian Tollefsen is likely headed there.
-Also rumors that Russian UFAs Anton Belov and Joacim Eriksson will sign with NHL teams
-Mark Crawford also said that many NHL teams were interested in big Swiss forward Simon Moser

PLAYERS POSSIBLY COMING TO NORTH AMERICA
-Juha-Matti Aaltonen, RW [27, 6'00", 196 lbs, Rogle, Elitserien (42-12-19-31-22)]: Has rumored interest from several teams, Dallas is among them and possibly the leading candidate.
-Joacim Eriksson, G [23, 6'02", 196 lbs, Sklleftea, Elitserien (30-1.67-.931)]: Drafted by Philadelphia, he is now an UFA. Unnamed interested teams.
-Jakub Klepis, C [28, 6'01", 201, Dynamo Moskva, KHL (29-4-5-9-14)]: Former Washington Capitals player is rumored to be signing with Anaheim, per Elite Prospects. Previously played 66 NHL games with Washington.
-Andrei Kostitsyn, RW [28, 6'00", 190 lbs, Traktor, KHL (44-13-8-21-82)]: Per Igor Enronko, has a contract extension with Traktor on the table but might be interested in hearing NHL offers first.
-Simon Moser, LW [24, 6'02", 209 lbs, Langnau, NLA (35-10-11-21-44)]: Is rumored to have either signed, or accepted a training camp invite with Nashville.
-Linus Omark, LW [
-Karri Ramo, G [26, G, 6'03", 207 lbs, Omsk, KHL (45-1.96-.925)]: Finnish RFA was acquired in the Mike Cammalleri trade. His KHL contract has expired and Calgary has made noise about bringing him over this season.
-Bernhard Starkbaum, G [27, 6'01", 196 lbs, Modo, Elitserien (46-2.06-.933)]: Is rumored to have NHL interest. Edmonton and Philadelphia are both reportedly interested.
-Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, D [28, 6'02", 209lbs, Farjestad, Elisterien (54-2-7-9-94)]: Rumored to be signing with Nashville. Previously played 163 NHL games with Columbus and Philadelphia.
-Nikita Zaitsev, D [21, 6'01", 176 lbs, Sibir, KHL (49-7-11-18-41)]: Was a rumor earlier this offseason that he would be signing with Philadelphia soon, though all is quiet now. He did sign a KHL deal for next year, though.

PLAYERS SIGNED NHL CONTRACTS
-Anton Belov, D [26, 6'04", 216 lbs, Omsk, KHL (46-9-17-26-30)]: Signed with the Oilers.
-Ilari Melart, D [24, 6'03", 227 lbs, HIFK, SM-liiga (50-7-11-18-80)]: Per their own website, has signed with Columbus.
-Michael Raffl, RW [24, 6'01, 192 lbs, Leksand, Allsvenskan (49-24-22-46-40)]: Per an Austrian newspaper, he has signed with Philadelphia.
-Stefan Warg, D [23, 6'03", 220 lbs, Vasteras, Allsvenskan (52-4-15-19-40)]: Per capgeek, has signed with Anaheim.
-Antti Raanta, G [24, 6'00", 187 lbs, Assat, SM-liiga (45-1.85-.943)]: I've seen a few rumors that Columbus is interested, including beat writer Aaron Portzline saying he'd heard whispers and to keep an eye on it in the coming weeks. Minnesota is one of the teams interested in him and he should make up his mind by June 1st. Signed with Chicago.

PLAYERS STAYING IN EUROPE

-Jori Lehtera, C [25, 6'01", 201 lbs, Sibir, KHL (52-17-29-46-46)]: St. Louis RFA only played 7 games in North America after signing his deal. Per Andy Strickland, he is currently mulling over an offer from St. Louis. Is making a multi-million dollar salary in the KHL, so one would have to expect Blues' deal would need to be 1-way for him to even consider returning to North America. Re-signed in the KHL.

dnicks17 05-20-2013 03:13 PM

No real rumors yet, I don't think, but I would assume Antti Raanta will get plenty of NHL interest.

BarDownBobo 05-20-2013 03:14 PM

Could definitely see the Oil trying for Antii Raanta(sp?) if he's coming over. Khabi is likely done and they need a backup.

caley 05-20-2013 03:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dnicks17 (Post 66342749)
No real rumors yet, I don't think, but I would assume Antti Raanta will get plenty of NHL interest.

I knew there was another name I was missing and it was Raanta!

InjuredChoker 05-20-2013 03:17 PM

Juha-Matti Aaltonen has been contacted by some NHL teams.

One of them being Dallas Stars.

caley 05-22-2013 12:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caley (Post 66342593)
-Mark Crawford also said that many NHL teams were interested in big Swiss forward Simon Moser

It's unclear from this poorly-translated article whether it's a Training Camp invite, or a contract, but it looks like Moser will be headed to Nashville this September.

This part
Quote:

Moser, the SC Tigers will leave after the descent into the NLB received from the Nashville Predators official invitation for the training camp in September.
Sounds like a training camp invite.

While this
Quote:

the Swiss international forward this invitation NHL clubs, which also features fellow countryman and championship MVP Roman Josi has a contract accepted.]
sounds like he signed a contract.

I couldn't begin to tell you what this means
Quote:

After the last World Cup Moser had received an invitation for a Sichtungscamp

danishh 05-22-2013 12:25 AM

could mean a 2-way?

Krishna 05-22-2013 12:30 AM

Any info on what Nikita Zaitsev is doing?

Around april he was supposed to be signing with the Flyers and then nothing happened

frostyflo 05-22-2013 12:48 AM

Also rumors are around that NHL teams show interest in goalies Starkbaum (MODO, AUT national team) and in oldie Gerber...I know, I know, pretty much unbelievable but that's what I've read.

And with Reto Suri another member of this heroic team Switzerland draw attention

caley 05-22-2013 12:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danishh (Post 66417603)
could mean a 2-way?

At this point, it could mean he's the new coach of Anaheim for how complicated that translation was! :laugh: Doesn't live up to "the glass rod of failure", though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krishna (Post 66417799)
Any info on what Nikita Zaitsev is doing?

Around april he was supposed to be signing with the Flyers and then nothing happened

I remember that story. He might be another good one to add into the first post. I thought I might sticky this for the next few weeks. But keep this to older RFAs and UFAs, please, and we'll keep putting the younger signed draft picks in the 'Prospects' thread.

vorky 05-22-2013 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krishna (Post 66417799)
Any info on what Nikita Zaitsev is doing?

Around april he was supposed to be signing with the Flyers and then nothing happened

signed with CSKA Moscow.

Aaltonen will sign with Traktor. Lehtera has contracts with Sibir, so BS.

BSHH 05-22-2013 05:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caley (Post 66417493)
(...) I couldn't begin to tell you what this means

From the translation of "Sichtungscamp", it would mean a PTO for Moser. That would fit to the other quotes of yours.

Gruß,
BSHH

Falon 05-22-2013 11:26 AM

I wonder if anyone is going to take a flyer on Martin Ruzicka? The forward not the goalie

Jeez 05-22-2013 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Falon (Post 66430053)
I wonder if anyone is going to take a flyer on Martin Ruzicka? The forward not the goalie

I'm really curious, how did you get this idea ? :laugh:

JJTT 05-22-2013 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vorky (Post 66420365)
signed with CSKA Moscow.

Aaltonen will sign with Traktor. Lehtera has contracts with Sibir, so BS.

why do keep giving false info? Aaltonen and Lehterä have both said that their main target is to get nhl-contract next season.

Ilari Melart, 24 year old d-men from Finland will also get some interest, but he is a project and nowhere near nhl-ready.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11374

bleedblue1223 05-22-2013 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jjtt (Post 66440045)
why do keep giving false info? Aaltonen and Lehterä have both said that their main target is to get nhl-contract next season.

Ilari Melart, 24 year old d-men from Finland will also get some interest, but he is a project and nowhere near nhl-ready.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11374

Right. It's also been said that the Blues wanted to bring Lehtera over after his season was over to play, but he declined because of his concussion. He wants to be in the NHL, the Blues want him, it just comes down to money and a roster spot.

TheHudlinator 05-22-2013 07:04 PM

Doesn't Berra count as a signing?

caley 05-23-2013 09:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHudlinator (Post 66451431)
Doesn't Berra count as a signing?

He's already covered in the 'Prospects' signing list. He's still calder eligible, wasn't previously under contract in North America (Like Lehtera is), and wasn't a UFA (like Warg was, I think).

SoupyFIN 05-23-2013 10:19 AM

Aaltonen has no place in the NHL. Not good enough for the top6 and not gritty enough for the bottom6.

Quote:

Originally Posted by caley (Post 66477119)
Per Elite Prospects, RW Hugh Jessiman, mostly known for being the worst pick in maybe the best first round of the NHL draft ever, has signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL. The hulking Jessiman (6'6", 231 lbs) had 10 goals and 29 points in 68 games with Binghamton of the AHL while under contract to the Ottawa Senators this past season. He was originally selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the NY Rangers in the 2003 draft. He is scheduled to become an UFA this summer.

Jessiman won't see the new year with that team.

Falon 05-23-2013 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeez (Post 66438313)
I'm really curious, how did you get this idea ? :laugh:

I'm going to assume from this that it has been discussed at length. I didn't know that. So, do you know something or are you just going to be an ass about it?

TheHudlinator 05-23-2013 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caley (Post 66477119)
He's already covered in the 'Prospects' signing list. He's still calder eligible, wasn't previously under contract in North America (Like Lehtera is), and wasn't a UFA (like Warg was, I think).

Alright my bad thanks.

smitty10 05-23-2013 07:15 PM

What are the chances that we see Patrick Thoresen or Tomas Zaborsky come over?

vorky 05-24-2013 12:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smitty10 (Post 66501309)
What are the chances that we see Patrick Thoresen or Tomas Zaborsky come over?

zero :sarcasm:

FinRuutu 05-24-2013 07:05 AM

Take it what its worth but one of the worst tabloids just rumored Ilari Melart to the Colmbus Blue Jackets.

JJTT 05-24-2013 07:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FinRuutu (Post 66531993)
Take it what its worth but one of the worst tabloids just rumored Ilari Melart to the Colmbus Blue Jackets.

oh dear god since when seiska covers hockey?

edit. nvm looks like they where right :amazed:


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