July 1st, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-07-01

 

Lost in the mix today, the real reason for the MTL trade – signing of great room guy, solid two-way player Dustin Boyd. Just needs a chance.

 

Saku Koivu has signed with the Ducks for two years. Add in the Lydman signing and it looks like the Ducks are really pushing to get Selanne back.

 

Andrew Ladd has been traded to Atlanta. Chicago sure loves to bury their offensive depth out East! Ladd’s fantasy value skyrockets – he has 25 goal upside as a Thrasher. I wonder if Dobber will agree. I do agree.

 

Look for Kevin Bieksa to be traded now that the Canucks have brought in another defenseman. He has the ability to break the 40-point barrier again in the right situation (rumor already circulating that Columbus is interested in him).

 

Dan Hamhuis took a hometown discount to sign with the Canucks. $4.5 million per year. Deal is official.

 

The Canucks also signed Jeff Tambellini. I’ll have more on this in the ramblings tonight/tomorrow.

 

Edmonton has signed PP stud Kurtis Foster to a two-year contract. He and Gilbert should form a very nice duo on the top unit. Foster has a bomb of a shot and Gilbert moves the puck very well.

 

Tyler Myers’ partner from this past season, Henrik Tallinder, has signed with the Devils for four years. Tallinder is a steady top four defenseman but the Devils paid a premium for his services ($3.3 cap hit per season).

 

Thank heavens for Darryl Sutter and Glen Sather – what would today be like without them?!

 

The Flames, already having signed Alex Tanguay, are rumored to be close on a two-year contract with Olli Jokinen. They are also talking to Doug Gilmour about returning…

 

Manny Malhotra’s contract expires the same year that Hodgson/Schroeder’s entry level contracts do. Smart planning by Gillis.

 

Ray Whitney to the Coyotes – two years, $3 million per. How does this affect the likes of Boedker and MacLean? Find out shortly!

 

The Ducks have signed the steady Toni Lydman to a three year contract worth $3 million per season.

 

The Rangers have filled a huge need by signing Derek Boogaard to a four year contract, reuniting him with former linemate Marian Gaborik. Both of the things I just wrote are incorrect. Not sure what Sather is thinking here…

 

Pittsburgh has signed Paul Martin as well. Time to edit my Michalek article, as Goligoski and Letang now have some competition for top power play minutes! Martin’s contract is for five years and carries a cap hit of $5 million. Very fair price for a solid top pairing defenseman.

 

Toronto signs forward Joey Crabb to a two-year deal, two-way contract.

 

Flyers sign veteran rearguard Sean O’Donnell. It’s getting pretty crowded back there.  They also sign tough guy Jody Shelley.


Vancouver signs Joel Perrault to a ONE-way deal close to the league minimum. The only way he gets to the potential he showed a few years ago is if four or five Canuck forwards get hurt. In other words – slim to none.

 

Phoenix has brought back Derek Morris, signing him to a four-year contract worth $11 million total. This takes away a potential roster spot from Goncharov or Ekman-Larsson.

 

Manny Malhotra has signe