Free Agent Frenzy Update


NHL ShieldWhen I last left you, Mike Komisarek had just signed a lucrative deal to travel west from the Montreal Canadiens to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. Much much more has happened since, so here is your quick update:

  • Byron Bitz re-signs with the Boston Bruins
  • Vernon Fiddler signs with Phoenix for 2 years and $2.2m
  • Steve Begin signs with the Boston Bruins for 1 year and $0.85m
  • Steve Sullivan re-signs with Nashville for $7.5m over 2 years
  • Sammy Pahlsson signs with Columbus for 3 years and $7.95m
  • Jason Strudwick re-signs in Edmonton for 1 year and $0.7m
  • Mathieu Garon signs in Columbus for 2 years and $2.4m
  • Marian Gaborik signs with the NY Rangers for 5 years and $37.5m
  • Brian Gionta signs with the Montreal Canadiens for $25m over 5 years
  • Chris Neil re-signs in Ottawa for 4 years and $8m
  • John Madden signs in Chicago for 1 year and $2.75m
  • Fredrik Sjostrom signs with the Calgary Flames for 2 years and $1.5m
  • Jason LaBarbera signs with Phoenix for 2 years and $2m
  • Martin Havlat signs with Minnesota for $30m over 6 years
  • Mark Recchi re-signs in Boston for $1m and 1 year
  • Nik Antropov signs with Atlanta for 4 years and $16m
  • Adrian Aucoin signs with Phoenix for 1 year and $2.25m
  • Karlis Skrastins signs with Dallas for $2.75m over 2 years
  • Mikhail Grabovski re-signs in Toronto for 3 years and $8.9m
  • Rob Scuderi signs with LA for 4 years and $13.6m
  • Jordan Leopold signs with Florida for 1 year adn $1.75m
  • Chad LaRose re-signs in Carolina for 2 years and $3.4m

The most notable deals went to Sullivan, Gaborik, Gionta, Havlat and Antropov. Now for a few remaining notable free agents who are still on the open market:

  • Alex Kovalev
  • Saku Koivu
  • Alex Tanguay
  • Sergei Zubov
  • Martin Biron

Expect all five to sign before long. There are still plenty of teams looking for offense (LA, NYI?), and all four listed skaters can definitely provide their own unique brand of offense. There are also still a couple teams looking for a starting goalie (Toronto?), so you can expect Biron to sign before long as well. Stay tuned in for more updates as the summer progresses! Man do I ever wish puck drop was tomorrow! One last thing to get my readers involved as well. Let me know, of the free agent former Montreal Canadiens, who you would make a contract offer to?

-m.o.b.

~ by manovrboard on July 3, 2009.

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