Nhl Free-agent Signings 2014: Smartest Early Offseason Contracts | Bleacher Report

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Lose in playoffs 31.4% Total votes: 290 Richards, who has won a Stanley Cup himself, should help the Blackhawks bounce back from their gut-wrenching loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the conference final. The lack of depth at the center position hindered Patrick Kane at times this year, so landing Richards could go a long way toward improving the offense. Richards scored 20 goals and totaled 51 points for the New York Rangers last year, and there is no reason to think he cannot replicate or even improve on those numbers on the loaded Blackhawks. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2119082-nhl-free-agent-signings-2014-smartest-early-offseason-contracts

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Cumiskey, 27, recorded 28 points (4g, 24a) in 45 games last season with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League. He shared 12th in the SHL, third among defensemen, in assists and shared fifth among league blueliners in points. The Abbottsford, British Columbia, native posted 60 points (11g, 49a) in 91 career games with MODO from 2012 to 2014. He appeared in 132 career National Hockey League regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche from 2006 to 2011, registering 35 points (9g, 26a) in those contests. Cumiskey saw action in six Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Avalanche in 2010, recording two points (1g, 1a). He has also tallied 81 points (19g, 62a) in 153 career American Hockey League games with Albany, Lake Erie and Syracuse and three assists in nine Calder Cup Playoff games with Albany and Syracuse. Cumiskey played for Canada at the 2010 World Championships, earning three assists in seven games. Prior to his professional career, Cumiskey recorded 79 points (12g, 67a) in 177 career Western Hockey League games with Kelowna from 2003 to 2006. He recorded 19 assists in 53 career postseason games and helped Kelowna capture the Memorial Cup championship in 2004. Cumiskey was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round, 222nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. All content Copyright 2000 – 2014 WorldNow and WREX. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/25929991/2014/07/02/blackhawks-sign-defenseman-cumiskey

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It’s inflationary, plain and simple. It only doesn’t hurt the team giving out those contracts because those are the kinds of contracts they need to give out to attract anyone. Florida found this to be true a few years ago when it signed half the mediocre players in the league and ended up regretting most of those deals. Because of deals like this, teams have to pay Cammalleri or Niskanen or Stastny more than they deserve, in one way or another. So the next time you hear people complaining about why such-and-such a deal for a star player is why the league had to have a lockout, please try to keep in mind that the players aren’t at fault here. You accept what the market will pay you, and if it wants to pay you ludicrously, you obviously let it do that. The teams doing this, on the other hand, should be vilified. Doesn’t usually work out that way though. When Orpik doesn’t live up to his contract and he’s never going to come close Capitals fans will make sure he’s booed every night, not particularly fairly. No one is going to boo Brian MacLellan, but he’s the guy who deserves it. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/what-we-learned–bad-players-getting-bad-contracts-from-bad-teams-133942143.html

“We’re not looking at the number or whether it’s above or below a certain point,” Bowman said. “We’re just looking to continue to have two of the best players in the world on our team. I think that’s the one thing you can’t lose sight of.” There were initially some conflicting reports regarding precisely what type of money Kane and Toews were seeking. David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reported Kane and Toews were in the market for $10.8 million annually each (h/t CBS Chicago’s Jay Zawaski): . @thekapman reporting Kane / Toews cap hits will be around $10.8. Reasonable. I was hoping for $10.5 ish. Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) July 7, 2014 That report was later debunked, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period: Contrary to a late night report that Toews/Kane are close to 8yr deals at $10.8M/yr, their agent tells me “it’s not true.” Talks ongoing. David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 8, 2014 All of the speculation was simply a precursor to the inevitable. The Blackhawks knew that they had to get a deal done and couldn’t afford to let Kane hit free agency next offseason. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2124083-patrick-kane-blackhawks-agree-to-new-contract-latest-details-and-reaction

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Based on a report from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona the answer is seemingly a resounding yes: Hearing that as many as 6 teams have kicked the tires on possibly signing center Mike Ribeiro, recently bought out by the #Coyotes . Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) June 30, 2014 At his peak, Ribeiro, 34, is capable of being a point-per-game player at a center position that doesn’t feature a ton of depth. That’s why it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that interest is high. He may need to take a short deal in order to prove himself again, however. No, production drop is a concern. 28.6% Total votes: 7 Just a couple years ago Del Zotto looked like one of the league’s most promising young blueliners en route to 41 points in 77 games with the New York Rangers. Since then his play has dropped off markedly. He scored just 16 points this past season, which was split between the Rangers and Nashville Predators. He’s still just 24, which leaves plenty of time for him to bounce back. A lot depends on being able to find the right fit. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports there are options on the table, but the decision-making process is still ongoing: Michael Del Zotto has attracted interest from multiple teams. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2120076-nhl-free-agency-2014-latest-rumors-on-mike-ribeiro-and-more-available-assets


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