NHL Free Agents 2011
July 9, 2011 by staff
NHL Free Agents 2011, Airmen can get all the attention for his signature Jaromir Jagr, but even with the relatively anemic pool free agent available this year, there have been few big signings:
Richards signed a nine-year-old boy and 60 million with the New York Rangers on Saturday. He seems to be a great addition to a Rangers team that was ranked 16 in the objectives for the 2010-11 seasons. Richards has been a player points per game the past two seasons, with 77 points in 72 games last season and 91 points in 80 games during the 2009-2010 season. The Rangers beat Philadelphia and Tampa Bay to get Richards, although many other teams showed interest. Assuming the salary cap increase reported five million and is accurate, the Rangers still are found and 15 million below the cap. They will do most of that money to re-sign some of their upcoming free agents, including Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.
Of course, Jagr a year, and 3.3 million contracts have to be included in a list of the biggest deals this offseason, but his age is not as efficient as Richards. Jagr is published seasons or fewer points per game in his last three years in the KHL, but is unlikely to come to the season mark of 80 points below. Jagr on Richards chose Philadelphia, which could be a mistake, because we are not quite sure what to expect from Jagr to return. Jagr said it best when he said: “We have to wait and see.”
In what can only be described as jackets risk GM Scott Howson Blue signed offensive defender James Wisniewski to a six-year deal, and 33 million last Friday. On 29 June, the Montreal Canadiens traded their rights to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2012 on the understanding that if Columbus was hired, the selection will become a fifth-rounder. Thus, Columbus firm, so both parties are happy, and Wisniewski certainly cannot complain. He did not have to go on the market for a big thing, and next season is going to be doing and 7 million dollars. Only five defenders will make the NHL next season, but you cannot put a price on a defense that can provide a huge boost power play, especially one that can produce points as you can Wisniewski. He tied for fifth among NHL defenders in points with 51 points in 75 games with the Canadians and Islanders last year. If he can continue to produce and help Columbus on his way to a playoff spot, this agreement will be to see Howson like a genius. If not, then it could be long six years in Columbus for a team that never won a playoff game yet.
The Sabres signed forward Christian EHRHOFF a contract for 10 years and 40 million on June 30, comes a day before EHRHOFF was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, which has opened negotiations with any team willing to participate. The Sabres acquired the negotiating rights to EHRHOFF by trade in 2012 in the fourth round of the New York Islanders, who had obtained the rights to trade in your account at the fourth-round pick to Vancouver. EHRHOFF scored 14 goals, assists and a score of 36, plus-19 in 79 games last season in Vancouver. Hard to argue with this move, as it offers exactly what Buffalo needs a solid, hard-mobile defenses.
Just one day after the Sabres made a big move to sign EHRHOFF, who made a move even more towards the signing of Ville Leino to a contract of six years and 27 million last Friday? The 27-year-old racked up 19 goals and 34 assists as the Flyers last year for a total of 53 points in 81 games. The Sabres are clearly waiting for figures increase with the money they are paying for it. Perhaps they were impressed by his overtime game-winner in Game 6 of the series of brochures, Sabres, the Flyers went on to win, eliminating the Sabres in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This move leaves the Sabres with less than 500,000 and the cap space, so it moves a bit more likely to have to do, because they have a couple of players to re-sign Andrej Sekera and that has submitted for arbitration, and either Patrick Lalime or Enroth John, depending on the goalkeeper will have the backup job. Anyway, this is one of those movements not in the middle, but not worth it, or fails miserably. One thing is certain: the new owner Terry Pegula not afraid to keep his promise to spare no expense for his team, Sabres fans have to be happy with what he has done so far to make this team a contender Stanley Cup.
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