Derek Roy Traded to Dallas
The Buffalo Sabres continue to get bigger by trading Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. Roy has been front and center in trade rumors and clearly wanted out and Buffalo was happy to accommodate after he had a disappointing season. Neither Buffalo or Dallas are elite level offensive teams, but Buffalo is giving up offense for grit.
For Roy Owners, moving from Buffalo first line with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville to second line in Dallas (behind Jamie Benn) on a line with Brendan Morrow and Michael Ryder will hurt his fantasy value. While having a fresh start should revitalize Roy and he will improve over last seasons disappointing 44 points. It may be a stretch for him to regain 70 - 80 points again. Look for a 60 point rebound.
For Dallas, Roy will replace the departed Mike Ribeiro who was traded to Washington for Cody Eakin. In Roy, Dallas gets younger and costs $1 million less than Ribeiro.
For Buffalo, size up front was an area of concern they wanted to address in this off season and they have done that by moving out Roy and adding Ott. Ott is no heavy weight, but provides Buffalo with some healthy agitation as he is a premier shift disturber.
Buffalo is showing a tremendous amount of confidence in Cody Hodgson as the number one center and faith that youngsters Tyler Ennis, Luke Adam, and Mikhail Grigorenko.
Olli Jokinen Signs with Jets
The Winnipeg Jets signed Jokinen to a two year $9 million contract. Jokinen will be the Jets number one center bumping down Bryan Little to a more suitable second line position. Jokinen will center Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler to form a big line full of shooters. The 33 year old is no longer a 90 point player as he was in Florida, and is a safe bet to continue to be a 60 point guy.
The loss of Jokinen in Calgary suggests that Mike Cammalleri will become the first line center playing with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay while Roman Cervenka will debut in the NHL on the second line and is a solid fantasy hockey dark horse.
Speaking of Calgary...
Flames Sign Jiri Hudler
Hudler signed a 4 year $16 million contract in Calgary. The Left winger will play on either the top line with Cammalleri and Iginla, but more likely on the second line with Cervenka.
After defecting to the KHL for a stint Hudler had a disappointing return to the NHL with a 37 point season. He brought his total up to 50 in his final year in Detroit but it is safe to say the Flames have over paid again. Hudler joins a long list of over paid players in Calgary such as Cammalleri ($6million), Stajan ($3.5), Stempniak ($2.5), Bouwmeester ($6.68), Wideman ($5.25), and Babchuk ($2.5)
St. Louis Blues Trade Rumors
The Blues are shopping for a top pairing defender to play with Alex Pietrangelo and are hoping to fill the void via free agency. The Blues are not in on Ryan Suter which makes the next best options Matt Carle, Michal Rozsival, Pavel Kubina, Bryce Salvador, or resigning Carlo Colaiacovo. Not really any "top pairing" options there save perhaps Carle. the contract to sign a player such as Carle or Suter would be perhaps more than the cost conscious Blues could swallow. Failing signing a free agent, the Blues may be forced to turn to trade. Withe a glut of forwards including UFA's David Perron and T.J. Oshie as potential bait. Other players who may be expendable in St. Louis could be Chris Stewart and Andy McDonald. Players the Blues may be targeting to acquire could be Keith Yandle, or Jay Bouwmeester who may also cost more than the Blues are willing to pay. More reasonable targets could be Niklas Hjalmarsson, Paul Martin, and to a lesser extent Cody Franson.
Habs resigned star goalie Carey Price to a six year $39 million contract paying him an average of $6.5 million. Jaromir Jagr is being linked to Montreal as he seems interested in the Habs. Jagr was rumored to be interested last summer as well but signed for more in Philadelphia. Darren Dreger reported that Montreal has not officially made an offer to Jagr yet.
Parise and Suter
Neither has made a decision yet but it could come as soon as today, and they could go as a package to the same team. Where ever, and when ever they sign, the dominos will fall with the remaining free agents and trade market players such as Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Matt Carle etc.
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