Nhl Free Agents 2014: Highlighting Best Deals Of Market’s Early Rush | Bleacher Report

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NHL Free-Agent Signings 2014: Smartest Early Offseason Contracts | Bleacher Report

Richards brings a wealth of experience to a team that already includes names such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. His numbers in recent years speak volumes: SEASON 18:41 ESPN Not only does Richards keep the team in contender territory, but he makes the eventual transition for Teuvo Teravainen even easier. All things considered, Chicago got the best deal of all to start things off. Tampa Bay Lightning Steal Anton Stralman Laurence Kesterson/Associated Press A move that will be met with some naysayers considering his breakout season came just one year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were content to dish out a five-year contract to defenseman Anton Stralman, as noted by the team’s Twitter account: #TBLightning sign defenseman Anton Stralman to five-year contract. Release: http://t.co/3pQcoo1PsV pic.twitter.com/Ghc5tNsFSd Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 1, 2014 Per CBS Sports’ Chris Peters , the deal is worth a total of $22.5 million. Not bad for the No. 216 overall pick in the 2005 draft. Stralman really came on in New York last year with about an average of 20 minutes in ice time per game, which resulted in 12 assists and 104 shots on goal. Over the course of his up-and-down seven-year career, the defensive stalwart has produced 18 goals and 112 total points. Peters put it best in regard to the performance by the front office in Tampa Bay: This is another great move for Steve Yzerman to not overspend on the top available and make a reasonable offer to a defenseman that is going to help, but not change the face of the franchise. If one thing was proved last season, the Lightning needed to get better on defense. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2117747-nhl-free-agents-2014-highlighting-best-deals-of-markets-early-rush

NHL rumor mill: Let the free-agent frenzy begin – CBSSports.com

More from ESPN.com In signing Brad Richards to a one-year contract, the Blackhawks have themselves a true second-line center, writes Scott Powers. Story “It’s a big moment for us to be able to add someone of his caliber as a hockey player and as an individual,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said on a conference call. “He brings so many things to the table for us. He’s certainly got the experience and leadership. I think his character off the ice is something (that) sometimes gets overlooked and is important to us. He’s got sort of the whole package we’re excited about.” The 34-year-old center was a key part of the Rangers’ surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals this spring, acting as the de facto captain for the Blueshirts despite the uncertainty of his future in New York. Richards, who had the remaining six years of a nine-year, $60 million contract with New York bought out to free up needed cap space, now joins a strong Blackhawks team that has been looking for help down the middle. “If I was going to go to Chicago, it was going to be this way,” Richards said on a conference call. “I didn’t go into free agency thinking anything. I was very flexible coming in because I’m pretty confident I can still play a lot of hockey in this league. source: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/story/_/id/11164130/chicago-blackhawks-sign-veteran-center-brad-richards

Perhaps the best news for Chicagos long-term future is the fact that this gives Teuvo Teravainen some more time to find his footing as a potential NHL star down the road. General manager Stan Bowman certainly seemed pleased, via Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune : It’s a big moment for us to be able to add someone of (Richards’) caliber as a hockey player and as an individual. He brings so many things to the table for us. There are a lot of options for our coaching staff now. We’ve certainly been searching for someone that is an experienced center in theNHL. He’s played a lot of years and done a lot of incredible things. Thomas Vanek: Three years, $19.5 million with Minnesota Wild Chris O’Meara/Associated Press Thomas Vanek was one of the marquee names in this free-agency class, and the Minnesota Wild didnt exactly have to break the bank to lure him to town. Vanek will likely slide right into the first line as a potentially elite goal scorer, which is something Minnesota has missed in past seasons. Whats more, a Vanek and Zach Parise pairing works beautifully, given Parises overall playmaking abilities and Vaneks tendency to find the back of the net. Charles Krupa/Associated Press The talent and overall offensive impact is obvious, and the fact that Vanek played at the University of Minnesota is a nice complementary tidbit. Still, Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet.ca highlighted just why this was such an appealing deal from Minnesotas perspective: The terms are reasonable and, considering the likes of Dave Bolland and Brooks Orpik are commanding north of $5 million per season, $6.5 million is not expensive at all for a 30-goal (or more) scorer. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2119082-nhl-free-agent-signings-2014-smartest-early-offseason-contracts

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Which teams might be interested? Renaud Lavoie lists four teams as possible suitors: The Islanders, Blackhawks, Panthers and his former team, the Lightning. 11:57 a.m.: How about the hunt for Brooks Oprik’s services? The Capitals are said to be in on him (they recently hired Todd Reirden, former Penguins assistant who worked with the defensemen. Calgary, Colorado and Florida are also believed to be interested. 11:41 a.m.: Nobody is really talking much about Ales Hemsky, which could be to the benefit of the Coyotes, who appear to be interested in reuniting him with the recently acquired Sam Gagner. 11:38 a.m.: Since it doesn’t look like Dave Bolland will be re-signing in Toronto, there are two teams that have emerged as the candidates to land the center: the Panthers and the Blues, who are chasing bigger fish at center first. With Florida, keep in mind Bolland and GM Dale Tallon’s ties to Chicago. 11:24 a.m.: Habs captain Brian Gionta is going to hit free agency after failing to reach a new deal in Montreal and right away there appears to be mutual interest between he and the Sabres, who have an awful lot of money they need to spend. 11:21 a.m.: They aren’t free agents for another year yet but the Blackhawks are getting close to a couple of massive signings as extensions for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are still in the works . 11:18 a.m.: Don’t think that the Senators are done after the Jason Spezza trade, nowhere near it. Bruce Garrioch says they have much more in store , including further potential trades, not just signings. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24602361/nhl-rumor-mill-let-the-free-agent-frenzy-begin

Chicago Blackhawks sign veteran center Brad Richards – ESPN Chicago

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