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Free Agency News & Notes

July 2, 2011
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Hello All!

I wanted to go over some of the signings and trades over the past view days, and try to make some sense of these moves.

-Washington Capitals trade goalie Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2012 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick in either 2012, or 2013.

Analysis: Well the Avalanche really need a goalie, and paid what in my opinion could be a very steep price. A young and up and coming team, yes, but still in my opinion  in the bottom third in the Western Conference. A potential lottery pick going to the Capitals for a goalie who has never played more than 27 games in a season, and had his bags packed for the KHL. Corey Sc

hneider of the Canucks, Jonathon Bernier of the Kings, or even Jhonas Enroth of the Sabres could of been better options.

-Jaromir Jagr signs with the Philadephia Flyers for 1 year at 3.3 mil.

Analysis: Well Jagr is back in the great state of Pennsylvania, but on the wrong team. The flyers will be good next year, but Jagr on a line with Crosby, or Malkin would be great. Jagr was clearly in it for the money, so have fun with the Broad Street Bullies.

Montreal picked up a solid winger for the next 4 years.

-Simon Gagne signs with the LA Kings for 2 years, 7 mil.

Analysis: Great

signing for the kings, played with Richards back in Philly, potential 25 goal scorer with the kings, good for about 50 points, good job kings.

-Tim Connolly signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for two years 9.5 mil.

Analysis: Well the leafs needed a number one center, and they got Tim Connolly, and for 4.75 mil a year, a raise from his previous season. A good penalty killer, but isn’t able to play 82 games a year, and is a 2nd line center when he’s playing well, which is

very rare. Good luck making the playoffs next year Mr. Burke.

-The Columbus Blue Jackets sign James Wisniewki for 6 years, 33 mil.

Analysis: Always an underrated player in the league, he finally signs a big deal with the Blue Jackets. He is a solid offensive d-man with a little edge, but at that money it’s a bit much. The Blue Jackets and their fans really need something to look forward too, and with signing him and acquiring Jeff Carter from the flyers, could be knocking on the 8th seed in the west.

-Erik Cole signs with the Montreal Canadiens for 4 years at 18 mil.

Analysis: Just what montreal needs, a scoring, power forward. At 4.5 mil not too bad for the veteran winger, never need very well in his brief time away from Carolina, but he should do well in Montreal.

More to Come,

Tim.

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