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  • The Press Box June 29, 2012

    Sidney Crosby - A Penguin for Life
    The Pittsburgh Penguins locked up the greatest player in the world for the next 12 years for $104.4 million. That is a cap average of $8.7 per season which is pretty good value for a player of Crosby's stature. The big question is how will his health hold up given his recent and serious concussion history?
    The Crosby contract rumors were in full swing during the Stanley Cup Finals and cooled off since then. I had suspected that they may be on hold until after July first. Crosby and Zach Parise are friends and would be a scary pair if they played together. Perhaps Crosby would sign for less if Parise were in the fold, and if he signed elsewhere then Crosby would sign for more.
    However Crosby signed for $8.7 million per year. Is that less than he could have got?
    Even with Crosbys new deal, the Penguins have 18 players under contract and just over $14.5 million in cap space. Plenty of room for Parise.

    Rask, Quick, and Schneider all signed to very different deals
    Three of the games top goalies with very bright futures were all signed on Thursday but to different term deals.
    Jonathan Quick who is hot off a Vezina Trophy nomination, and a Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup win was awarded a 10 year extension worth $58 million that will be a cap average of $5.8 per year. This commitment shows that LA is clearly confident in Quick and a Jonathan Bernier trade could be coming. Read Meesh Shanmugam post on Hockey Writers Jonathan Quick Agrees to Ten-Year Extension with LA for the pros and cons of the deal.

    Corey Schneider has officially supplanted Roberto Luongo as Vancouvers number one goalie after he signed a three year $12 million contract. The average cap hit is $4 million, almost as much as Luongo. There is no doubt Luongo will be on the move, perhaps in the immediate future.

    Tuukka Rask signed a one year deal for $3.5 million. Rask has not had the same opportunity to prove himself as Quick and Schneider so this one year deal is safe proposition for the Bruins and if Rask delivers he will be rewarded on his next deal.
    FHC friend Bob Mand wrote his analysis of the signing on THW in his post Tuukka Rask and Boston Bruins Agree to Prudent, One-Year, $3.5 Million Deal Follow Bob on Twitter @HockeyMand
    The Next goalie up to resign will be Montreal Canadiens Carey Price. Expect Price to sign a similar deal as Quick with an average close to $5.5 or $6 million over a long term.
    The fantasy value of Schneider and Rask just went from promising assets, to elite level goalies. The future of Luongo and Tim Thomas remains unclear for now.

    Justin Schultz Update
    Your daily Schultz update. According to sources the list is down to five teams. They are, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. The Philadelphia Flyers are out, as are the Calgary Flames.

    Heading to Free Agency
    P.A. Parenteau will be a UFA on July first. Ottawa Senators Director of Player Development Pierre Dorion suggested the Ottawa Senators will have interest in signing him. Parenteau has spent the last two seasons playing on a line with John Tavares and produced significant fantasy value producing 53 and 67 points in the past two seasons.

    Olli Jokinen will test the market on July first as a UFA as well. If he leaves the Flames it opens the door for Roman Cervenka who Calgary recently signed to fill a top six role at center. Cervenka could be a hidden gem in many fantasy leagues. Cervenka comes over from the KHL where he played for Omsk. Last season he scored 39 points, but the season prior to that he scored 61 points playing with Jaromir Jagr. The Flames may be interested in reuniting the two in Calgary to bolster the offense.

    Guillaume Latendresse rejected his qualifying offer from the Minnesota Wild and will become a UFA on July first. A risky play considering his injury and concussion history. He is a big and talented player with tons of potential but a major health risk. His decision to become a UFA is personal and family reasons as he stated to the StarTribune
    "Ive been here with my son in Montreal for two months. Hes four years old now, Latendresse said. Its pretty hard for me during the wintertime, so I think it would be best if I can try and land somewhere that would be closer to him.
    The Montreal Canadiens could use a forward of his size.

    Other player heading into free agency on Sunday and where they may be headed include
    Jason Garrison - Florida is trying to sign, but failing that may trade his rights. He may be headed home to Vancouver but only if the Canucks miss out on Justin Schultz.
    Paul Gaustad - Nashville is trying to resign him.
    Sheldon Souray - His family is in California and he may fit with the Ducks who just lost Visnovsky and Schultz
    Shane Doan - With ownership uncertainty Doan may actually shop the market. Hard to imagine him on another team but Detroit and Toronto would be good fits.

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    By: Peter Harling
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