My monthly keeper league player rankings will be postponed until the dust settles. Likely Friday.
They did it. The Flames signed Bouwmeester to a five-year deal worth $33 million. Analysis to come.
Phoenix did not qualify Joakim Lindstrom. He will become a UFA. Looks as though the arrival of Dawes, Prucha and Upshall spelt doom for the journeyman.
The 'Yotes also did not qualify Garth Murray or Alex Bourret. They DID qualify Dawes, Lisin, Meyer, Nikulin, Spina, Upshall, Yandle, Lepisto and Tordjman and Winnik.
Chicago has signed Antti Niemi to a one-year deal. No word on if it is a one-way agreement.
The team also signed Jacob Dowell to two years. Again, not sure if it is one-way or two-way.
The Blues have qualified BJ Crombeen, Jonathan Filewich, Chris Holt, Roman Polak, Danny Richmond and Steve Wagner. I can't confirm this…but I believe this means that Jeff Woywitka and Marek Schwarz will become UFA's. I'm trying to confirm this.
The Ducks have re-signed Troy Bodie to a two-year extension. Not fantasy significant.
Dallas has re-signed Jere Lehtinen to an amazing $1.5 million deal for one year. There are also bonuses that could reach another million. Still, that's pretty sweet for Dallas fans. Expect the usual from Lehtinen this year – both in points and in injuries.
In a minor league deal, the New Jersey Devils acquired center Ben Walter, and future considerations, from the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to center Tony Romano. The latter is from Long Island, so perhaps he'll get a look. He did well in the OHL last year, but as an overager.
The Habs have traded Higgins to the Rangers for Gomez. Full analysis will be up shortly.
Talks are going well between Carolina and Babchuk and Ruutu. Jim Rutherford is also hinting that Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Jamie McBain could all be NHLers next season. I agree, although I don't see any of them making a fantasy impact in their first year. Maybe in their second.
Rob Blake has re-signed with the Sharks for one year at $3.5 million. Don't count on more than 40 points, although it is certainly possible.
The Rangers qualified Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Lauri Korpikoski, Corey Potter and Brian Boyle.
Atlanta qualified Armstrong, Lavallee, Lehman, Lehtonen, Lewis, Slater and Valabik. Which means Thorburn and Turple will be UFA's. The team is reportedly still interested in Thorburn though.
The Pens and Bill Guerin made a great move, signing a $2 million contract. Unlike with Satan or Sykora, Guerin brings intangibles to the table. He extends his career and could even drive his value up a bit with a 55-point season.
The Pens also signed defensive specialist Craig Adams to a two-year deal.