A look at the NHL UFA signings

Jeff Angus

2008-07-04

 Brian Campbell

 

The dust is still far from settled on the NHL free agent market, but some major players have changed teams already. Read on…

 

The Good:

Andrew Brunette – $2.5 million per season, three seasons. This is a very reasonable contract for a consistent 60-80 point player. Brunette thrives in the Northwest division and definitely took a discount to play in Minnesota. He will help replace some of the production lost from the departures of Rolston and Demitra.

Marian Hossa – $7.45 million per season, one season. Hossa took a big discount to sign in Detroit (apparently he was offered eight, but didn’t want to overshadow Lidstrom). He immediately becomes a 50-goal threat once again, and gives Detroit the ability to roll out two dangerous, dangerous lines. Check this out: Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom, Franzen-Filppula-Hossa. Wow. He turned down an apparent nine-year, $81 million dollar deal.

The Bad:

Ron Hainsey – $4.5 million per season, five seasons. This is a big overpayment, but one that needed to be made. The Thrashers missed on Brian Campbell and desperately needed a puck moving defenseman. Hainsey is inconsistent, but he comes in a lot cheaper and he still has some room to develop. The deal is a lot of money for a number four defenseman, though.

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Nicklas Hagman – $3 million per season, four seasons. Hagman is a very good player, but he doesn’t’ really fit the Leafs. He is fast and surprising offensively, but he will need to repeat his 20-25 goals to earn the deal. The Leafs already signed the wrong type of player with Jason Blake last off-season.

The Ugly:

Wade Redden – $6.5 million per season, six seasons. Redden has played like a bottom-pairing defenseman the past two seasons in Ottawa. The Rangers must have some inside information about him, because as it stands this contract is ludicrous. Redden used to be a solid top pairing defenseman with a ton of offence, but as of now his is a big question mark. At one or two years, this contract would be half decent. Six