More Free Agent Signings
As it’s been a few days since we last updated the Free Agent Listing, we’ll start a new one here. As usual, thanks to TSN.ca and NHL.com for providing the info.
I’ll be updating the page with info as we go along, so bear with me whilst the information becomes available.
- NOLAN YONKMAN – 1 year @ $600k. Huge 32 year old defender is a veteran of 601 AHL games and 74 at the NHL level. Tonnes of experience, though even at the AHL level is a middle-of-the-pack player. Should provide some leadership and experience guiding Ducks’ defense prospects in the minors.
- ALEX GRANT –
- TUUKKA RASK – 8 years @ $7m. 26 year old goalie has been brilliant since his first full NHL season in 2009/10, but this was his first time playing the undisputed starter, and all he did was post a .929 SV% and 2.00 GAA and improving to .940 and 1.88 in the playoffs to guide the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals. One of the top goalies in the league, though he does have the benefit of playing behind a strong defensive system, but an indisputable star all the same. $7m does feel a bit much – it does for any goalie, given how much their performance can differ year-to-year – but all the same it’s nice that they’ve locked him in. And Toronto traded him for Andrew Raycroft…
- MIKAEL BACKLUND – 2 years @ $3m. One of the more underrated centers in the league, 24 year old Backlund has not developed yet into the offensive player that was originally hoped, but instead has grown into a fine tough-minutes player who can dominate top competition in terms of shot differential. Performed at his best points-per-game rate (0.5) so far in his career in 2012/13, so perhaps the offense is starting to come. A nice contract for a quality forward.
- RILEY NASH – 2 years @ $550k. 24 year old forward has had a fairly winding road; former 1st round pick of EDM, refused to sign with them & subsequently traded to the Canes. Mediocre at AHL level, at least offensively, but played 32 NHL games last year posting 9 points in a depth role. Wasn’t a liability defensively either. May turn out as a decent bottom 6 player, but still on a 2-way contract.
- MATT CORRENTE – 1 year @ $550k. 25 year old defender a former 1st round pick, but has not yet seen more than 34 NHL games. Is a solid two-way guy in the minors, but a depth option at the NHL level.
- AARON PALUSHAJ – 1 year @ $600k. 23 year old right winger is a quality AHLer, and showed pretty well with Colorado in 2013, but has yet to stick in the big leagues. HF describes him as having a decent all-round game, but is simply looking for an opportunity to stick.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
DETROIT RED WINGS
- BRIAN O’NEILL – 1 year @ $???. 25 year old forward had an OK if unspectacular first pro season following 4 brilliant years at Yale of the NCAA. His college stats suggest there is much more there offensively than 15 points in 49 games, so look for him to do better next season, unless his 5’8″ frame is really holding him back.
- MAXIM KITSYN – 3 years @ $???. 21 year old forward out of Russia possesses good size and skills. HF describes him as “supremely talented” with a power forward type game, but struggled with consistency in the KHL. Is a project, but hopefully playing in the AHL will hone his game.
- GABRIEL DUMONT – 2 years @ $???. 22 year old and yet another small player (5’9″) in the Canadiens’ system, Dumont was a dominant junior player but is still developing as a pro. Saw 10 NHL games this year with 3 points. HF describes him as a fearless checker, and he could conceivably be a decent bottom 6 forward in the NHL.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
- MATT D’AGOSTINI – 1 year @ $550k. Experienced 26 year old forward has had an up and down career in the NHL, struggling for a few years with the Canadiens then catching on with the Blues where he seemingly broke out in 2010/11 with a 21 goal, 46 point season, but has just 24 points in 84 games since then. Still a fairly decent 4th line guy however.
- MAREK ZIDLICKY – 1 year @ $3m. 36 year old defender traded to the Devils in 2011/12 from Minnesota and was a solid addition for their run to the Cup Finals that year. Was one of their better defenders this year, putting up 19 points in 48 games whilst playing great against middling competition 5v5 (with an offensive zone push).
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
- CAL CLUTTERBUCK – 4 years @ $2.75m. Acquired from Minnesota on draft day for Nino Niederreiter, 25 year old Clutterbuck is a rambunctious forward with a penchant for hitting anything in sight. Also happens to be a pretty handy hockey player, putting up a decent amount of offence. Contract might be a slight overpay, just as sending El Nino to get him was an overpay, but hey if he fills what the Islanders consider to be a need…
NEW YORK RANGERS
- CARL HAGELIN – 2 years @ $2.25m. 24 year old speedster has been quite the revelation for the Rangers, posting decent offense in his 2 years with the team (62 points in 112 games) whilst being an absolute demon 5v5 in terms of shot differential, absolutely dominating tough competition. Really great hockey player, and this is a bargain contract for the Rangers.
- JUSTIN FALK – 1 year @ $975k. Large 24 year old defender has 108 NHL games under his belt with 15 points and 100 PIMs. That should tell you what kind of player he is. Can play on the PK and isn’t a liability playing easy minutes at 5v5.
- MARK BOROWIECKI – 2 years @ $???. 23 year old defender had a solid first year of pro following a pretty decent NCAA career. Dobber Hockey calls him a defensive defender with a mean streak and physical play, not to mention a great work ethic. Posted surprisingly good offense for a defensive guy. Could challenge for a roster spot.
- DAVID DZIURZYNSKI – 1 year @ $???. 23 year old forward has been a decent bottom 6 forward at the AHL level for 3 seasons now, but hasn’t really gotten much better, at least not offensively. Did earn 12 games with the Senators earlier this year, scoring 2 goals. Big guy though and can hit and fight.
- ERIK GUSTAFSSON – 1 year @ $1m. 24 year old defender is undersized but has been a pretty decent bottom pairing option over parts of 2 NHL seasons. Can post a bit of offense and is solid defensively.
- ANDY MIELE – 1 year @ $???. 25 year old forward was a dominant NCAA performer with Miami of Ohio, and has become a strong AHL forward. Has 8 NHL games under his belt with no points. Tiny frame but gifted offensively (as per Hockey’s Future). Will be looking to stick on a scoring line in Phoenix.
- LAURI KORPIKOSKI – 4 years @ $2.5m. 26 year old forward had a bit of a down year with just 11 points in 36 games, but has shown in the previous 2 years he could be a highly effective 2 way forward. Plays big PK minutes, as well as 5v5 and 5v4, plays a pretty physical game, although he could stand to be better in shot differentials at 5v5.
- TIM KENNEDY – 1 year @ $???. 27 year old forward is a depth player – quality at the AHL level but more of a stop-gap at the NHL level. Has had a decent NHL season before – 26 points in 78 games in 2009/10 – but has barely had a sniff since then.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
- MATT PELECH – 1 year @ $???. 25 year old right winger is a depth forward even at the AHL level, though has managed to squeeze in 7 NHL games over the years with Calgary and San Jose. Barely replacement level.
- ALEX STALOCK – 1 year @ $???. 25 year old goalie has been a solid AHL goalie, though not great, but has managed to work his way into a couple of NHL games. Definitely a minor league signing.
- ROB DAVISON – 1 year @ $???. 33 year old defender has played all over the place (even here in the UK!) over the years, and has 219 NHL games to his name. Spent last year in Austria, but returns to the team that drafted him, most likely as an AHL veteran to help the prospects.
ST LOUIS BLUES
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
- JOE COLBORNE – 1 year @ $???. Hulking center was once the hope of the franchise, but has failed to become a number 1 center at the AHL level, let alone in the NHL. There is still hope for him as an NHL player, but at age 23 his window is closing unless he can reinvent himself as a defensive player.
- TROY BODIE – 1 year @ $???. Larger winger has defied his draft position (278th overall in 2003) to become depth NHL forward, getting in 107 games over the years. Is in no way anything more than a 4th liner, but hasn’t even seen the NHL since 2011.
- KARL ALZNER – 4 years @ $2.8m.
- PETER LEBLANC –
- MATT HALISCHUK –