BREAKING: It's a 13-year deal for Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild per Russo. It's done folks. Now the real Free Agent Frenzy begins! Full analysis on the two signings coming up...


BREAKING: Michael Russo reports that the Wild have come to terms with Ryan Suter. And indications are that Zach Parise will soon follow. Full analysis on this shortly - I'll wait to do them together.

 

Happy 4th of July to my American readers

 

Further to my Minnesota post below, Jonas Brodin will be in training camp this year and hopes to make the team. I think he has the skill set to make this team right away, and I think his offensive talent is underrated. A dark horse for the Calder Trophy and a future star. You can read Brodin's profile here on DobberProspects. You can get an even more in-depth profile on him in the Fantasy Prospects Report. Thanks to Sentium for the links.

 

Some tough news from out of Owen Sound. Phoenix prospect Brett MacLean suffered a cardiac emergency while playing hockey. He received CPR and was rushed to hospital. Later he was transported via air ambulance to a hospital in London. Our thoughts are with Brett and his family.

 

The thinking is that the UFA market is frozen in until Zach Parise or Ryan Suter sign. When teams miss out on those guys, then they will turn to the likes of Alexander Semin, Kristian Huselius, Matt Carle, Pavel Kubina, Andrei Kostitsyn, Eric Fehr, Ruslan Fedotenko, Kyle Wellwood, etc.

 

Signings of lesser players I would like to see, and if I was their agent I would try to make this happen and offer a rock-bottom price to get it done. I call this feature the “Best Fits for the Misfits”:

Peter Mueller to Pittsburgh

Al Montoya to Tampa Bay

Wojtek Wolski to the Islanders

Eric Fehr to Toronto

Cal O’Reilly to Columbus

MA Gragnani to Florida

What do you think?

 

I still think Parise goes to Minnesota. I don’t like the rumors that Ryan Suter will join him there… just doesn’t feel right. But it could happen – and the Wild will be a strong team if it does. Think about it – they add Parise, Suter and Granlund this year. They add Larsson, Coyle and Brodin next year.

 

Interesting – the Sabres have eight NHL defensemen who shoot left, not counting Brennan) and just one who shoots right – Tyler Myers. Again I have to wonder why they signed Christian Ehrhoff. Of all the teams who needed him last year, Buffalo ranked 30th in my books. There is a logjam on the point there and a move has to be made. They just signed Sulzer and Brayden McNabb is too new. Robyn Regehr is a key cog and they seem to really like Jordan Leopold. So that leaves Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber and Adam Pardy – and I don’t think teams would have any interest in the latter two.

 

Andrew Raycroft has signed to play in Italy next season, with a team that may join the KHL in the fall.

 

Detroit has signed prospect Marek Tvrdon to an ELC. Tvrdon is ranked 178 on the Fantasy Prospects List and you can read up on him here (via DobberProspects.com)

 

Look for Jiri Hudler to spend some time on Roman Cervenka’s wing. The two are apparently good friends.

 

An interesting time lapse photography video on the Pittsburgh Civic Arena getting torn down:

 

 

Peter Mueller highlights (ignore the dumb music):

 

 

Why do dummies add stupid songs to good footage?



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bullwinkle said:

bullwinkle
Sabres need to deal Regarding the Dmen in Buffalo - I'd say only Myers, McNabb, and Ehrhoff are untouchable. They need another center and combined with a disposable forward - Gerbe, Stafford, Leino (good luck), they should be able to bring in a capable guy.

I'd also like to see them take a flyer on Mueller - if the price is right.
July 04, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Swedish players like Kronwall and Alfie are comparing his calm and composure to Kenny Jonsson and Nick Lidstrom. He always knows what to do with the puck through pure instinct. They've never seen such a calm and poised 18 year old. That's after they played with him in the world championship tournament this year.
July 04, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... You've got mail. Seems like the comments system didn't allow my links. But yes, he's coming over because Minnesota's brass wants him.
July 04, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Hey Sentium, I thought he was playing in Sweden one more year? If that's not the case then WOW, he's on this team and in my opinion a Calder candidate. Can you confirm?
July 04, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Don't be surprised if Brodin makes the team as early as this year.
July 04, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Let's all go with Malkin Ha7er's taste in music! Clearly he has great taste in which hockey players to love (not Malkin), which ones to hate (Malkin), and he's into the dancy rap. Will you be my friend? smilies/grin.gif
July 04, 2012
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malkin Ha8er said:

crookedvulture
... ya, everyone should use Theory of a Deadman for their You Tubes, its much better.
July 04, 2012
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