Taylor Pyatt has signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers.

 

Hugh Jessiman has signed a two-way contract with the Senators.

 

The Avalanche have signed Erik Johnson to a four-year deal worth $15 million.

 

Washington has signed Jack Hillen to a one-year deal worth $650,000. Sounds like a one year. If Mike Green has another one of those injury filled seasons, Hillen may be one to watch. He's been a tremendous disappointment so far.

 

Bryce Salvador has signed for three years at $3.6 million per.

 

Per Puck Daddy's Chesnokov, Vladimir Zharkov has signed a two-year contract to play in the KHL.

 

I love how fans of (insert team here) want (insert GM name here) to make a splash via free agency and if he doesn’t then he should be fired. Find a need and fill it. But fill it properly, don’t settle. Let’s say you need a No.1 center. Badly. Do you run out and sign Olli Jokinen? No. He signed where he should sign – with a team who has a probable 1A center and he’ll slot in as 1B perfectly. Shane Doan? No, he’s a winger. So who? There’s only one – and that’s Zach Parise, who usually plays on the wing. But he’s only one man, and he can’t sign with 30 teams. So there are going to be 29 losers out there. Do you fire 29 GMs if they don’t get him? Why? It wouldn’t be (insert GM name here)’s fault. After all, Parise signed with (New Jersey because he loves it there) (Minnesota because of family there) (Team X because his buddy is there and he likes the schools in that city).

 

 

 

We’re all in fantasy hockey here. We know how hard it is to fill a need. And the more desperate you are to fill that need, the harder it is to fill it. Have you ever been in a roto league where you draft three goalies and your No.1 gets hurt for most of the season, your No.2 has a massive off year and your No.3 gets usurped by an up-and-comer? How easy was it to get a goalie from a fellow GM? And that’s fantasy hockey – imagine how much more difficult it is in reality. Cut your local GM a little slack – if he has a vision that you like, be patient with it.

 

 

 

So Alexander Radulov’s KHL deal is worth just over $9 million per season, four years. That takes him to the age of 30. Unless your league has 20-man farm teams, he’s not worth keeping this time.

 

 

 

Jan Hejda underwent wrist surgery in April that will sideline him until training camp, and perhaps a little beyond that.

 

 

 

Raffi Torres’ case was reviewed by Gary Bettman and he decided to suspend him for 21 games, instead of the 25 that Brendan Shanahan gave him. Bettman’s suspension includes all preseason games – I’m not sure if Shanahan’s included that. Anyway, Torres misses eight games to start the season now.

 

 

 

Andrew Ebbett has been re-signed by the Canucks. A two-way deal.

 

 

 

Carey Price has signed with the Habs for six more years at $6.5 million per season.

 

 

 

St. Louis signed defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a two-way contract.

 

 

 

The Sharks signed talented netminder Alex Stalock to a contract.

 

 

 

Jaromir Jagr is reportedly looking for $4 million this season. The Habs apparently offered him $3 million, and have since told him that they are not interested anymore. I don’t see another team forking over $4 million. But frankly, if it’s just for one year, he can still get 55 points in 65 games. What’s the value of that? Maybe $3.5?

 

 

 

Anaheim has signed Matt Smaby to a one-year deal. They also signed prospect Rickard Rakell to an ELC. Read about Rakell at DobberProspects.com here.

 

 

 

Florida top prospect Nick Bjugstad is considering turning pro. He’ll make his decision in a few days, but if he does turn pro he is definitely in the Calder conversation. You can read more about Bjugstad right here.

 

 

 

I don’t know how EA sports suckers us into giving them free exposure. Wait a minute, yes I do – the goalies in this ad look pretty damn incredible:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiri Hudler – sweet goal:

 

 

 




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cycoshithed said:

cycoshithed
youtube never goes full screen Am I the only one ? I can never get youtube clips to go full screen on this site. only this site.
July 03, 2012
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Bender said:

baconnol
Price The money for Price is absolutely correct for these reasons:
1. In an age where the salary cap has still not created an even playing field, you need every advantage you can get. Getting Price locked up long term is a public commitment to fans, and more importantly other free agents, that you are trying to win. Nickling and diming a 24 year-old franchise goaltender is not the way to attract other free agents.
2. What advantage is there to negotiating hard with Price? There is absolutely none, trying to save an extra million dollars per year is not worth keeping him happy, especially when you have ~$15 million in cap room before signing him.
3. Although it was a different GM at the time, I'm sure people in the Montreal organization felt some goodwill to Price for accepting a 2 year, 5.5 M (total) contract when he was last a free agent. Everyone regarded that as a discount, but Price took the deal, stated he wanted to be a Canadien, and paid his due.
4. What other option did Bergevin have? Montreal committed to Price when Halak was traded, everyone knows that, including Price and his agent.
5. There are many other teams in the league who would gladly pay that kind of money to him, just ask Howson what he would pay to have Price locked up for 6 years.

Anyways, I think that Montreal fans should be very grateful he is signed, and should have a lot of optimism going forward with the core they are building. This is coming from a Flames fan...
July 03, 2012
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aleco83 said:

aleco83
The price is right, b*tch I think this was a good signing by Montreal and not an overpayment. He is arguably the best at controlling rebounds an moving the puck (besides maybe Brodeur on the latter), his reflexes are by no means elite but he makes up for it with great positioning and lateral movement, you will rarely ever score on him down low or on the first shot. He also uses his frame very well. If you notice most of his rebounds he directs with ease to the corner or side boards where the D can expect to pick it up. Because of these traits he is very dependant on stability in the back end to move his rebounds out of the way and also on his forwards to clear the shooting lanes. If you look at the turnover in D that Montreal had from 2011 to 2012 it is quite significant. Alot of inexperience to say the least. Yet, once the season carried on Price's numbers improved which suggests that the chemestry with his D improved. Post vs Pre all star stats: .914 vs .920, 2.41 vs 2.49, 2 SO in 42GP vs 2 SO in 23GP. I don't really see the habs taking a step back defensively next year (is that possible??) so expect improved #s, now imagine him with Weber and Suter on the back end...
July 03, 2012
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
Does this apply to dmen as well? Garrison maybe? Are dmen easy to get? "We’re all in fantasy hockey here. We know how hard it is to fill a need. And the more desperate you are to fill that need, the harder it is to fill it. Have you ever been in a roto league where you draft three goalies and your No.1 gets hurt for most of the season, your No.2 has a massive off year and your No.3 gets usurped by an up-and-comer? How easy was it to get a goalie from a fellow GM? And that’s fantasy hockey – imagine how much more difficult it is in reality. Cut your local GM a little slack – if he has a vision that you like, be patient with it."
July 03, 2012
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mabus said:

mabus
... I'll admit that I'm not nearly as high on Price as Dobber. Not even close. Looking at goalie numbers, you need to look at the stats of the starter compared to the back-up to see the effects of a system vs. effects of the player. The fact is that Price gave you a 0.01 better save percentage, a 0.12 better Goals against average and 0.08 standing points per start over Budaj. Budaj. Yep, the same Budaj people were calling one of the worst back-ups in the league before last season.

Those numbers don't scream out to me - let's take the third highest goaltending cap hit in the league. This was simply an overpayment.
July 03, 2012
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shingy said:

shingy
Price
Don't let Montreal's crappy team undermine Price's worth. His numbers last year were better than Rinne's this year (besides wins, more a team stat). Price is 5 years younger and played without Weber, Suter, Barry Trotz and the rest of the Nashville team. My money is on him having a Vezina within 3 years.

Anyone know of of website that can facilitate bets between total strangers?
July 03, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Yes he is, Rollie. On those teams, his numbers would be even better or as good.
July 03, 2012
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... If Schneider signs for $4mil, dont know how Price ends up with 6.5mil with worse numbers. He may turn out to be the better goalie- but thats a good size overpay if you ask me. He is NOT a Rinne,Quick,Lundqvist yet, and may not get to that level. Whats next Subban signing for slightly less than Doughty and Chara? ugh. liked what Bergevin had done so far (although 1 of Prust and Armstrong wouldve sufficed).
July 03, 2012
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