Ryan Suter and Zach Parise take lifetime contracts in Minnesota
The twenty-seven year-old American duo of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise celebrated July 4th with matching contracts of thirteen years for $98 million from the Minnesota Wild. The duo will make $29 million each over the next two seasons according to James Mirtle.Parise is originally from Minnesota and Suter’s girlfriend is from the area. Downgoesbrown had a humorous yet truthful tweet yesterday, in that not one 27-year-old from thirteen years ago even played a game last year.
The fantasy impact should see a rise in Mikko Koivu as well as Dany Heatleys production if they decide to stack up the top line. We should see both Pierre-Marc Bouchard as well as Devin Setoguchi’s totals remain steady as they will see a drop in ice time, but they’ll have a defender who can put the puck on their stick when transitioning on the rush. It is interesting to note that Kyle Brodziak saw over nineteen minutes a night last season for the Wild but with the signings of Parise, Konopka and Mitchell and the likely emergence of Mikael Granlund, it should be expected that all offensive totals will take a beating for the St. Paul native.
Here is my guess on the Wild’s lineup for this upcoming season: Parise-Koivu-Heatley; Bouchard-Granlund-Setoguchi; Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Cullen; Kassian-Konopka-Powe and on D Suter-Spurgeon; Scandella-Gilbert; Falk-Stoner
Matt Carle back to Tampa - Hopefully for more than twelve games this time
Last night, Matt Carle signed a megadeal of six years and $33 million. It was no secret that the Lightning needed help on the backend on both a defensive and offensive side and with this signing they could have Hedman, Brewer, Carle, Aulie and Barberio at their disposal for years to come. This signing will help the team score some more even-strength goals but won’t necessarily help too much on the extra-man as Carle didn’t see much time in the past few years on the Flyers powerplay. This signing could potentially hurt Mark Barberio from making the squad after posting a terrific season for the Norfolk Admirals. If Lindback can take the bull by the horns to begin the year, this team could be rocking the boat in the east.
Looking at the Montreal Canadiens in-depth
How well did each member of the Canadiens fare last season in terms of passing, deking and countless other stats? From Habseyeontheprize: “Yannick Weber led all defensemen in success-rate when attempting to get point shots on the powerplay through to the net. Number 68 was successful with 58% of his shots. Subban was able to get 45% of his shots through, while only 32% of Kaberle's point shots made it through to the net; lowest among defensemen.”
Who will step up in Buffalo?
It seems as though the late season recovery of Tyler Ennis is what truly made Derek Roy obsolete in Buffalo. Ennis began the year with a few injuries and missed more than two of the first four months of the season before finishing the season with nineteen points in his last fourteen clashes. One would wage a guess that Ennis will find his way between the captain, Jason Pominville and the Austrian sniper Thomas Vanek to begin the year as long as Lindy Ruff doesn’t plan on keeping the red-hot line of Foligno-Ennis-Stafford together. Expect to see lots of changes in that lineup with over two lines worth of players who aren’t afraid to see the red light go off.
What to do, what to do?
As both a fan of the Rangers and frivolous spending, it is interesting to note that they have over $15.8 million in cap space at the moment. It seems as though they’re going to let Anton Stralman mosey on back to Sweden and sign the only other pending RFA Michael Del Zotto for a little south of $3.5 million. So where will the remaining $12.3 go? New York has eight players capable of playing in the top-six, but will they give into Howson’s demands for Rick Nash? Or perhaps go with an unrestricted free agent in Alex Semin, Shane Doan, Peter Mueller or Nicklas Hagman?
Consistent scoring in Calgary
The Calgary Flames should finally see consistent scoring from its top two lines with the arrival of both Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler. Hudler played the majority of last season next to Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula so we should expect a slight decline in production, but with fellow countryman Cervenka planking the line, perhaps the duo will find instant chemistry. Cervenka led the Avangard in goals and points by quite a margin last year even on a team with the onetime game-changer Alex Frolov on his wing. The only problem is, who will be Jarome Iginla’s center?
Sullivan inks a one-year deal in Phoenix
The Phoenix Coyotes signed aging winger Steve Sullivan to a one-year $2.6 million deal. It’ll be interesting to see what Shane Doan decides on July ninth as if the Coyotes are done spending, Sullivan could be an integral part of the offensive lineup. We would likely see Sullivan play the top-unit of the powerplay and although he wouldn’t be playing with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on this one, I’m sure he’ll be the one controlling the puck for the most part this time around. The thirty-seven year-old played just over fifteen minutes a night in Pittsburgh, but with the potential loss of Doan and the already Star Ray Whitney, the Coyotes have minutes to hand out in the top six. Aside from Sullivan, I would be very interested in seeing how Mikkel Boedker is utilized as the twenty-two year-old eighth overall-pick in 2008 had a stretch of eight points in ten games in the postseason including some very clutch goals.
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