Rick Nash trades in his blue jacket for a blue shirt and becomes Ranger Rick in a lop sided blockbuster trade.
For the fantasy hockey fall out of the deal read the Breaking News post. Columbus GM Scott Howson managed this trade very poorly thinking that as the market dried up teams would become more desperate and offer more. He was completely wrong, and likely could have got more if he made the deal either before the deadline, or before/at the draft.
Shea Weber Decision time!
Time is almost up for the Preds to match or lose Shea Weber. Owners will meet today to decide the franchise future and rather or not they can afford to keep their franchise player.
If they do, they can not trade Weber for one year.
Nashville has recently stated they have given the green light to spend up to the cap and become a contending team. They signed franchise goalie Pekka Rinne to a seven year $49 million contract, and loaded up for a playoff run, but fell short of expectations disastrously after Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended for drinking until four in the morning on a game day and suspended by the team. Then the loss of Ryan Suter as a UFA and now the loss of control in the Weber contract may have changed their minds.
Can this small market team realistically match?
Can they realistically still consider themselves contenders?
The Winnipeg jets have stepped up and made a significant contract offer to Kane of $29 million for 6 years at an average of $4.83 million per.
It is a fair market value for a 21 year old, who coming off his best season scored 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points. It is a similar contract to the one signed by Florida Panthers Kris Versteeg who is 26 and also had a breakout season scoring 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points, who signed a four year $17.6 million deal that is an average of $4.4 per season.
Remaining Free Agents
The list is getting pretty thin! Top of the list is now Shane Doan, who most expected to remain a member of the Coyotes for his entire career. However with ownership uncertainty the future of the franchise in Phoenix is also uncertain. Doan and his family are happy there but if the team is leaving in a year than this is Doans opportunity to go to the city and team of his choice. Not to mention the budget conscience Coyotes may not offer as much money as a rich team like the Rangers, Kings, Penguins or Sharks. There is also Doans desire to win a Championship and the chances of that in Phoenix are very slim!
Doan was in New York meeting team management and visiting the practice facility and is expected to be in Pittsburgh soon for the same.
[BAlex Semin[/B] is also still in play because he is seeking a $7 million a year contract. Carolina has expressed interest and may even cough up the $7 million, but only for one season.
After missing out on all the other big fish and having plenty of cap space, the Detroit Red Wings have been very quiet. They could quickly move on Semin.
Other teams in pursuit of Doan are Vancouver, Buffalo, San Jose, and Montreal.
Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk sign
Former Sarnia Sting teammates and first round picks both have signed entry level deals with their respective teams. Fred Poulin of the Hockey Writers has an analysis on the the Habs and Galchenyuks agreement in his article Alex Galchenyuk, Canadiens Agree to Entry-Level Contract
For a break down of the Yakupov contract, read Yakupov, Oilers Agree to Entry-Level Contract on Hockey Writers by Marcy Di Michele.
The Buffalo Sabres have also signed their top picks from the draft in Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons. Again The Hockey Writers has it covered in Eric Roberts post Buffalo Sabres Sign Grigorenko And Girgensons To Entry-Level Contracts The Sabres have an impressive group of young players in Luke Adam, Joel Armia, Marcus Foligno, Brayden McNabb, Cody Hodgson and now Grigensons and Grigorenko. Caitlin Campbell from Hockey Writers was a spectator at the development camp recently and brings us up to date in her article Sabres Development Camp: Who Stood Out? Two players off the radar who may have won a contract or invitation to training camp are Jamie Wise, and Patrick Roy's son Frederick Roy. Roy played in the QMJHL on a line with Grigorenko and produced 92 points. Roy was undrafted this June but looks to have found a home in the Buffalo organization. He will likely return to junior for another year, then start his pro career in Rochester and challenge for a NHL job.
Lubomir Visnovsky untraded?
Lubomir Visnovsky has a limited NTC in his contract and did not waive it to be traded to the New York Islanders. He has now filed a grievance to void the trade and return to Anaheim.
If he does return to Anaheim, it should be beneficial for his fantasy value, even if he is traded to a team that he does approve of. (Anything is better than the islanders.....except Columbus!)
There is the possibility that Visnovsky ends up playing in the KHL next season as well.
Visnovsky is 36 years old, but is only one season removed from leading the NHL in defense scoring. He suffered an injury plagued season last year but still managed to score 27 points in 68 games. If healthy, and in the right situation, he still has 50 point potential which is very good fantasy value!
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