Despite it not being a great crop of players this year, no doubt the main board is going to be chaos. So I'll try and keep this post updated with everything that is going on.
Hopes for today? Sign Garrison, Suter to the Eastern Conference and the Red Wings to give Parise a huge contract. Don't expect Tarasenko to sign for another few days.
OTT Nick Foligno for CBJ Marc Methot
TBL - LW - Benoît Pouliot (1y/$1.8m caphit)
DET - G - Jonas Gustavsson (2y/$1.5m caphit)
PHX - RW - David Moss (2y/$2.1m caphit)
COL - C - John Mitchell (2y/$1.1m caphit) COL - D - Matt Carkner (?y/? caphit)
NYR - D - Stu Bickel (2y/$750k caphit)
CAR - D - Joe Corvo (1y/$2m caphit)
OTT - D - Mike Lundin (1y/$1.15m caphit)
MIN - C - Torrey Mitchell (3y/$1.9m caphit)
MIN - C - Zenon Konopka (2y/$925k caphit)
OTT - RW - Guillaume Latendresse (1y/$1.2m+ caphit)
MON - RW - Colby Armstong (1y/$1m caphit)
DAL - LW - Ray Whitney (2y/$4.5m caphit w/NMC)
ANA - RW - Brad Staubitz (2y/? caphit)
OTT - D - Andre Benoit (1y/$650k caphit)
SJS - C - Adam Burish (4y/$1.8m caphit)
NYI - RW - Brad Boyes (1y/$1m caphit)
PIT - C - Riley Holzapfel (1y/$525k caphit)
NYI - D - Matt Carkner (3y/$1.5m caphit)
PIT - LW - Tanner Glass (2y/$1.1m caphit)
FLA - D - Filip Kuba (2y/$4m caphit)
NYR - RW - Arron Asham (2y/$1m caphit)
LAK - LW - Dustin Penner (1y/~$3m caphit)
MTL - D - Francis Bouillon (1y/$1.5m caphit)
NYR - LW - Micheal Haley (2y/$? caphit)
MTL - LW - Brandon Prust (4y/$2.5m caphit)
COL - D - Greg Zanon (2y/$2.25m caphit)
WPG - LW - Alexei Ponikarovsky (1y/$1.8m caphit)
FLA - RW - George Parros (2y/$925k caphit)
NYI - LW - Eric Boulton (1y/$? caphit)
EDM - LW - Darcy Hordichuk (1y/$? caphit)
CHI - D - Sheldon Brookbank (2y/$? caphit)
COL - RW - P.A. Parenteau (4y/$4m caphit)
NSH - G - Chris Mason (1y/$1.25m+ caphit)
CBJ - D - Adrian Aucoin (1y/$2m+ caphit)
TOR - C - Jay McClement (2y/$1.5m caphit)
TAM - D - Sami Salo (2y/$3.75m caphit)
ANA - D - Bryan Allen (3y/$3.5m caphit)
DET - RW - Mikael Samuelsson (2y/$3m caphit w/ NTC)
DET - RW - Jordin Tootoo (3y/$1.9m caphit)
DAL - D - Aaron Rome (3y/$1.5m caphit)
ANA - D - Sheldon Souray (3y/$3.66m caphit)
VAN - D - Jason Garrison (6y/$4.6m caphit)
NJD - G - Martin Brodeur (2y/$4.5m caphit)
That's good point, but they said they may get creative so they could sign a winger and trade one or two of the younger wingers for the third center.
But this isn't that realistic because they still have to keep their payroll down.
The problem with the prospect of trading one of our wingers, who can we really say that we would be trading high on? Oshie is probably the only one that is a peak value. McDonald's injuries limits his value, Steen is just the type of player that will always be worth more to the team than in trade, Perron doesn't have that one really strong season that I think is needed to get good value and we all know the issues with Stewart.
I think it will be a years time before we start to see some major movement with the team.
At the same time, we can't exactly be looking for stop-gaps this summer when you see the likes of Souray and Kuba are looking for 3 year deals!
I actually fear the Red Wings signing Semin more than Parise.
If whoever signs Semin can get him playing with his head in the game every night, then he will be an outstanding addition and likely at a far more reasonable rate than Parise. I think the Wings might actually be able to get the best out of him.