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June 05 2015 06:45AM
Phil Kessel trade destinations, Canucks Markstrom NHL ready, Eddie Lack on the move, who will take Dennis Wideman off Flames hands, learning from Oilers player development, Connor McDavid, Canadian dollars's impact on salary cap, free agent class of 2015, draft prospect profiles and more in this week's Roundup.
June 04 2015 06:38PM
If you’re a team looking to add quality defencemen or solidify your goaltending, this summer’s Unrestricted Free Agent market has plenty of interesting options available. In terms of forwards, not so much. Solid goaltenders and defencemen headline this year’s market of players seeking significant paydays, while the options for high quality, impact forwards are few and far between. That being said, there’s always a handful of solid depth options available, and this year is no different. Unfortunately, since the crop of forwards this year is relatively thin, somebody is probably going to end up overpaying for a forward who simply isn’t as good as their contract will justify.
After the jump, I’ll take a look at some of the interesting names on the market, and which ones are actually going to be worth the dollars that they’re likely going to command. Long story short, this probably isn’t the best summer to empty your pockets for free agent forwards.
June 03 2015 11:00AM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to drop on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final this evening, let's, look back at rounds one, two and three, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
June 03 2015 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports
This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
If you're looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a candidate as anyone. While he is part of the four-headed beast that arose in these playoffs because Joel Quenneville literally doesn't trust anyone else to patrol the blue line, Oduya best matches the description of a guy who will probably be allowed to walk.
The reasons why should be clear enough: He'll be 34 on Oct. 1, he probably wants one last multi-year deal, he probably wants a raise from his current $3.375 cap hit per NHLNumbers.com, and he's wrapping up a season in which he was vilified for much of the year by his own fans.
Stan Bowman is a smart general manager and while it's not totally clear how he's going to address his blue line's depth problems, giving a 34-year-old coming off a bad year multiple seasons and a raise doesn't seem like part of the plan. So in other words, it's very likely that Oduya is available to the highest bidder come July 1.
June 02 2015 05:25PM
Well, you can scratch one big free agent’s name off the list. Jeff Petry, who was set to test the waters of Unrestricted Free Agency for the first time in his career, and the Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a contract extension worth $33 million over six years, which is a $5.5 million cap hit. The move solidifies the Canadiens’ defensive core for the next couple years, as they now have four defencemen (Subban, Petry, Emelin, and Markov) under contract until the end of the 2016-17 season at a combined cap hit of $22.4 million.
Is this a good deal for the Canadiens? What does this mean for other impending UFA defencemen like Cody Franson and Mike Green? It means they’re gonna get paid.