Sjostrom is a guy I'd be willing to take a chance on. The guy has wheels and is a relentless forechecker. He was also a huge contributor to the best PK in the league last season (averaged 2:42/g), an area we should be looking to improve upon. I also think he's capable of putting up more offense with say, someone other than Blair Betts as his center - he actually has a fair amount of skill. He'd look great on a Kesler-Burrows line were it ever reunited. Also did extremely well in the shootout.
He's two years older than Stewart, and will demand a one-way, but I'd say he's an upgrade over anyone we've thrown out on our 4th line last season.
I like him as well. He and Betts were the Rangers' premier penalty killers. He's a good replacement for Pyatt, but we might have an influx of bottom six players depending on how this off-season shakes out.
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According to reports, the Canucks have made a qualifying offer to centre Kyle Wellwood, a restricted free agent. The offer would amount to a one-year deal for $1 million. Wellwood is eligible for salary aribitration, but he must request it by July 5 at 5 p.m. EDT.
Wellwood, 26, had a tough start to the season when his conditioning was heavily criticized at training camp, but he worked his way out of the doghouse during the season and finished with a career-high 18 goals. He also had a strong playoff in his first-ever post-season appearance. Wellwood made $998,000 last season.
Wellwood should continue to be motivated with one more year to improve his conditioning.