July 2, Free Agency Column

Kristian Huselius signs with Columbus, four years, $4.75M p/s.

Doug Weight signs with the Islanders, one year dea; Kukla’s Korner

Pittsburgh re-signs Brooks Orpik, six years $3.75M per.

TRADE CONFIRMED: Zherdev and Fritsche Traded To The Rangers
for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

Ron Hainsey signs a five year deal worth $4.5M p/s with Atlanta.

Senators sign J. Ruutu for three years, $3.9M.

Malkin extends his stay in Pittsburgh for five years; details to follow.

Sean Avery signs a four year deal with Dallas, reported Nick Kypreos; four years $16M.

Jim Vandermeer and Curtis Glencross sign with Calgary.

TSN.ca reports that Marian Hossa has signed a one year deal worth $7.4M

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Joni Pitkanen, three year $12M. Also Josef Melichar, one year deal, $1M.


57 Responses to July 2, Free Agency Column

  1. habsrock99 says:

    Actually, you have it a little mixed up. The Wings offered Hossa a 1 year 8 million deal originally and he said "OK" but Holland said that he couldn't finalize it until he ran it by Lidstrom because he promised Lidstrom a few years ago that he'd be the highest paid player on the team so Hossa in turn said "You know what, just give me what Lidstrom makes and it'll be fine"

  2. habsrock99 says:

    They still downgraded majorly. Huselius is a 2nd line winger at best where as Zherdev has proven he's a Top Line winger. This move makes zero sense and Scott Howson should be fired because of it. They could of kept Zherdev and STILL signed Huselius to a 4 year deal. Like I said, they have 20 million in Cap Space. Before the trade they had around 25 million because they sent 2.5 mill to New York and took 5.144 in return.

    Before the trade, the Jackets had Mike Commodore, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla, Kris Russell and Ole-Kristian Tollefssen slated to be their Top 5 defencemen with Marc Methot and Aaron Rome fully capapable of being an NHL defenceman. Not to mention Joe DiPenta, Steve McCarthy, Alexei Zhitnik, Dmitri Kalinin, Andrei Zyuzin, Jeff Jillson, Steve Montador, Oleg Tverdovsky, Bryan Berard, Andrew Hutchinson, Marek Malik, Paul Mara, Jason Smith and Sandis Ozolinsh all available via Free Agency who would of been cheaper and could of filled the Jackets open D spot admirably. All of these guys would of cost less then 4 million easily with most costing in the 1-1.5 million range.

    Prior to the trade, the Jackets needed 5.5 million to reach the Cap minimum. They sign one UFA defenceman(say Paul Mara) to a 4 year 14  million deal(3.5 per). All you need now is 2 million to reach the minimum. Not too hard when RJ Umberger and Pascal LeClaire are RFA's and coming off rather impressive seasons. Sign Umberger to a 5 year 23 million dollar deal(4.6 per) and LeClaire to a 6 year 32 million dollar deal(5.33 per, just below what Nash makes) and there you go, the Jackets are now 7.93 million above the Cap without giving Zherdev away. Thus leaving them looking like this going forward:

    Nash-Umberger-Zherdev
    Torres-Brassard-Huselius
    Modin-Malhotra-Boll
    Chimera-Novotny-Sestito/Murray/Pineault/Dorsett

    Mara-Commodore
    Klesla-Russell
    Hejda-Tollefssen

    LeClaire
    Norrena

  3. mojo19 says:

    Wow, ya I saw that on TSN, I have to say i gained a lot of respect for Hossa there. I know Bru you hate it cuz he bolted from your team but I have to say I respect his decision and if I was in his position i would want to become a Red Wing under whatever terms both sides could agree on. 1 year $7.4 mil? Sounds good.

  4. AHLoldie says:

    Boy are you guys off base!  Hossa is looking out for HOSSA!  He didn't want a long term contract which would lock him into a 7+ MIL contract.  He's gambling that by going to a cup contender, and signing only a one year contract, he can break the bank next year, and sign wherever he wants.  He won't care where he plays then. It will be all aout the money.  The Pens weren't about to fall for the one year scam.  This contract is strictly a rental deal.  7 MIL is not what he is looking for.

  5. habsrock99 says:

    I think you're the only one off. Hossa could of broke the bank if he wanted this year. Not all of his offers were in the 7-8 million dollar range. He turned down a 9 year/81 million dollar contract(9 mill per year but also front loaded) from Edmonton. And he could of signed wherever he wanted this year, look at his Play-Off performance, 12 goals and 26 points in 20 games.

  6. BruMagnus says:

    hmm interesting… both of you make interesting points.

    Why one year? Does he really think the Wings can repeat right away? That hasn't happened in a while. Why not 2-3 years?

    Agreed that playing with Zetterberg and Datsyuk all year and in the playoffs will bump him up.

    Agree with AHLoldie that Hossa can command even more next year. Imagine, the Wings win the Cup and Hossa is a Conn Smythe contender or winner… AND the Cap rises to $60 million… he could make $12 a year for 7-8 years to finish off his career. Even if they don't win the Cup again but he has another solid playoffs (and regular season) someone will offer him $11 million WHEN the Cap goes up… very bold move.

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    I thought that was a great idea and rumor has it that Vancouver does too.

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