Lots to update – Higgins in Florida will have an impact on the likes of Michael Grabner and Cory Stillman.
Simon Gagne has waived his NTC. Making room for Marty Turco, perhaps?
Mentioned this yesterday but it got lost in the weeds – the Blues have extended Alex Steen for four years. The new contract carries an annual cap hit of over $3 million. Steen will want to prove that his breakout 2009-10 season was no fluke – he was one of the best waiver wire additions I made in any of my pools.
Steen had nine goals and 19 points in the final 20 games of the season.
Sheldon Souray has been placed on the waiver wire.
My analysis on the seven goalies moved on Thursday is found here. Amazing chat, everyone! Dany Sabourin signed with Washington, which replaces Jason Bacashihua, who quietly returned to Colorado. Interesting for ‘Cash, as he’s now the 3rd goalie (behind Budaj) and will do well in Lake Erie.
Tampa Bay has brough back Pavel Kubina – two years at $7.7 million total. Fantasy analysis coming.
Fzusher lists off the UFA’s still available. Members like him make this site what it is.
Note re: Burish signing in Dallas. Now frees up Steve Ott for a top six spot.
Make sure to check out Russ Miller’s article – he has been on a brief hiatus and it’s great to have him back! Top notch as always.
The Fourth Period are reporting that Columbus is shopping Nikita Filatov. This is a surprise, no?
And this just in from Aaron Portzline – Bieksa for Filatov?
It sounds like Phoenix is converting Wolski to center. Whitney-Wolski-Doan, perhaps? Should help the production for all three players. Wolski is in an ideal situation and I could see a 75-point season from him in 2010-11.
Per Andy Strickland, Philly remains the frontrunner for Marty Turco. I assume this means Brian Boucher would be traded somewhere.
Carolina signed defenseman Anton Babchuk, who spent the past season in the KHL. He scored 16 goals for Carolina during 2008-09 (including four game winners). He will factor in to the top four in Carolina along with Jamie McBain, Joni Pitkanen, and Tim Gleason.
Babchuk has a rocket of a shot and will see enough PP time to hit the 16 goal mark once again.
Vancouver signing Manny Malhotra shouldn't sour you on Cody Hodgson's short term upside at all. Mike Gillis made specific mention of the fact that Malhotra can play LW should Hodgson prove to be ready for the third line center position out of camp this year.
The Sharks offered Malhotra $2.2 million per season, but they didn't include a NTC like Vancouver did. Malhotra is married to Steve Nash's sister and spends a lot of his off-season in the Vancouver/Victoria area.
Another note – Malhotra's three year contract expires at the same time as Hodgson's entry level contract (and Jordan Schroeder's, for that matter).