2012 NHL Free Agency Frenzy Open Thread

Brodeur remains a Devil, Kings keep a bunch, and more work to do [NHL FA Frenzy Open Thread]

7/2/12 in NHL   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

The two Stanley Cup Finals participants have already locked up their netminders. Earlier this week the Kings extended Jonathan Quick's contract, locking him up for 10 years, and New Jersey re-signed Brodeur in the 11th hour for another 2 years. Blog Photo - 2012 NHL Free Agency Frenzy Open ThreadNow it's time to get down to business with the rest of the free agents out there, and there are quite a few. 

We have a more detailed recap of Day One of free agency posted by our own The_Real_Stoney. Below is a comprehensive summary of teams' moves and re-signings. Listed are the moves and re-signings so far, courtesy of the USA Today free agent tracker.

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are still waiting on word from free agent Teemu Selanne, on par for this time of year. Also unsigned are LW Niklas Hagman, G Dan Ellis, C Nick Bonino, and LW Rod Pelley.
Keep - Matt Smaby for 1 year
Pick Up - Sheldon Souray (Stars) for 3 yrs, Bryan Allan (Canes) for 3 years, Brad Staubitz (Habs) for 2 years, and Jordan Hendry (Caps) for a year
Lose - George Parros (Panthers), Justin Schultz (Oilers), and Sheldon Brookbank (Blackhawks)

Boston Bruins: Unsigned are RW Brian Rolston, D Mike Mottau, and G Marty Turco.
Keep - Tukka Rask for 1 year
Pick Up - ?
Lose - Joe Corvo (Canes), and Greg Zanon (Avs)

Buffalo Sabres: Still unsigned are LW Jochen Hecht, RW Patrick Kaleta, LW Tyler Ennis, and D TJ Brennan.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - John Scott (Rangers) for 1 year
Lose - Brad Boyes to the Islanders

Calgary Flames: Unsigned are RW Tom Kostopoulos, C Mikael Backlund, and RW Akim Aliu.
Keep - Lee Stempniak and Blair Jones, each for 2 years
Pick Up - Jiri Hudler (Red Wings) for 4 years
Lose - David Moss (Coyotes), Olli Jokinen (Jets)

Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes have free agents still unsigned; D-man Jaroslav Spacek, LW Justin Soryal, D Roy Mathieu, and LW Chris Durno.
Keep - Justin Peters for 2 years, Brett Sutter for 1
Pick Up - Joe Corvo (Bruins) for 1 year 
Lose - Bryan Allen (Ducks)

Chicago Blackhawks: Unsigned are LW Andrew Brunette, C Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell, G Cristobal Huet, and D Sami Lepisto.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Sheldon Brookbank (Ducks) for 2 years
Lose - ?

Colorado Avalanche: Among the unsigned; C Peter Mueller, D Erik Johnson, C Ryan O'Reilly, C Kevin Porter, LW Jamie McGinn, and C Mark Olver.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - PA Parenteau (Islanders) for 4 years, John Mitchell (Rangers) for 2 years, and Greg Zanon (Bruins) for 2 years.
Lose - Jay McClement (Leafs), Cedrick Desjardins (Habs)

Columbus Blue Jackets: Unsigned are LW Kristian Huselius, D Radek Martinek, D Brett Lebda, C Darryl Boyce, D Aaron Johnson, and RW Maksim Mayorov.
Keep - Jared Boll gets 2 more years, Curtis McElhinney for another year
Pick Up - Adrian Aucoin (Coyotes) for 1 year
Lose - ?

Dallas Stars: Have quite a number still unsigned - RW Radek Dvorak, C Jake Dowell, D Mark Fistric, C Tom Wandell, D Philip Larsen, LW Jamie Benn, and D Jordie Benn
Keep - Toby Petersen for 2 years
Pick Up - Ray Whitney (Coyotes) for 2 years, Aaron Rome (Canucks) for 3 and Jaromir Jagr for 1 year.
Lose - Adam Burish (Sharks), and Sheldon Souray (Ducks)

Detroit Red Wings: Unsigned for Detroit are LW Tomas Holmstrom, D Kyle Quincey, and LW Justin Abdelkader.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Jordin Tootoo (Preds) for 3 years, Jonas Gustavssen (Jets) for 2 years, Mikael Samuelsson (Panthers) for 2 years, and F Damien Brunner (Switz) for a year
Lose - Jiri Hudler (Flames) and Chris Conner (Coyotes)

Edmonton Oilers: So far, the Oilers have re-signed two, but still have a few unsigned; C Sam Gagner, D Cam Barker, D Theo Peckham, LW Linus Omark, D Jeff Petry, and C Chris VandeVelde
Keep - Ryan Smyth for 2 years, Yann Danis for a year, and Darcy Hordichuk for another year
Pick Up - Justin Schultz (Ducks) for 2  years
Lose - ?

Florida Panthers: Unsigned are LW Marco Sturm, LW Krys Barch, C John Madden, LW Wojitek Wolski, LW Kris Versteeg, D Dmitry Kulikov, and D Keaton Ellerby
Keep - Scott Clemmensen re-signs for 2 years, Greg Rallo for 1
Pick Up - Filip Kuba (Senators) and George Parros (Ducks), each for 2 years
Lose - Mikael Samuelssen (Red Wings), Jason Garrison (Canucks), Bracken Kearns (Sharks)

Los Angeles Kings: The only two notable unsigned free agents for the Kings are RW Scott Parse and LW Dwight King
Keep - Dustin Penner re-signs for another year
Pick Up - ?
Lose - Jeff Zatkoff (Pens)

Minnesota Wild: D Kurtist Foster, C Erik Christensen, RW Jed Ortmeyer, LW Matt Kassian, LW Stephane Veilleux, D Justin Falk, and RW Nick Johnson all remain unsigned
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Zenon Konopka (Senators) for 2 years and Torrey Mitchell (Sharks) for 3, Zach Parise (Devils) and Ryan Suter (Predators) each for 13 years.
Lose - Guillaume Latendresse (Senators), Mike Lundin (Senators), and Warren Peters (Penguins)

Montreal Canadiens: The Habs still have several unsigned; D Chris Campoli, LW Mathieu Darche, D Raphael Diaz, D PK Subban, C Blake Geoffrion, C Lars Eller, RW Aaron Palushaj, D Frederic St. Denis, and G Nathan Lawson.
Keep - Alexei Emelin for 2 years, Travis Moen for 4 years, and Michael Blunden for a year
Pick Up - Brandon Prust (Rangers) for 4 years, Colby Armstrong (Leafs), Francis Bouillon (Predators), Cedrick Desjardins for 1  year
Lose - Brad Staubitz (Ducks)

Nashville Predators: The Preds lost Tootoo to the Wings, but still have unsigned, D Jack Hillen, D Shea Weber, LW Sergei Kostitsyn, and C Kyle Wilson
Keep - Paul Gaustad re-signs for 4 years and Brian McGrattan for 1 year.
Pick Up - Chris Mason (Jets) for one year, Mike Moore for one year
Lose - Francis Bouillon (Habs), Jordin Tootoo (Red Wings - ouch!), and Jack Hillen (Capitals), Ryan Suter (Wild)

New Jersey Devils: RW Petr Sykora, and D Mark Fayne are unsigned.
Keep - Martin Brodeur for 2 years, Johan Hedberg for 2 years, and Bryce Salvador for 3
Pick Up - ?
Lose - Alexei Ponikarovsky (Jets), Eric Boulton (Islanders), Zach Parise (Wild)

New York Islanders: Unsigned are D Mark Eaton, D Milan Jurcina, G Al Montoya, LW Jay Pandolfo, LW Matt Martin.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Brad Boyes (Sabres) for 1 year, Matt Carkner (Senators) for 3
Lose -  PA Parenteau (Avs), Michael Haley (Rangers)

New York Rangers: Rangers still have some unsigned; LW Ruslan Fedotenko, D Steve Eminger, D Anton Stralman, LW Mats Zuccarello, and D Michael Del Zotto.
Keep - Martin Biron, Stu Bickell, and Kris Newbury each re-sign for 2 years
Pick Up - Arron Asham (Penguins) for 2 years and Michael Haley (Islanders), Taylor Pyatt for 2 years
Lose - John Mitchell (Avs), Chad Johnson (Coyotes), Brandon Prust (Habs), John Scott (Sabres), and Jeff Woywitka (Blues)

Ottawa Senators: Unsigned; D Matt Gilroy, G Alex Auld, RW Jesse Winchester, C James O'Brien, and LW Kaspars Daugavins.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Guillaume Latendresse and Mike Lundin, both formerly of the Wild, both for 1 year
Lose - Filip Kuba (Panthers), Matt Carkner (Islanders), Zenon Konopka (Wild), Nick Foligno (Blue Jackets trade), Rob Klinkhammer (Coyotes)

Philadelphia Flyers: D Matt Carle, D Pavel Kubina, C Blair Betts, RW Jakub Voracek, LW Harry Zolnierczyk, and LW Tom Sestito are all unsigned.
Keep - Michael Leighton for 1 year
Pick Up - Danny Syvret (Blues) contract unknown
Lose - Jaromir Jagr (Stars)

Phoenix Coyotes: Still unsigned = RW Shane Doan, C Daymond Langkow, D Rostislav Klesla, C Gilbert Brule, D Chris Summers, and C Kyle Chipchura.
Keep - Alexandre Bolduc for 1 year
Pick Up - David Moss (Flames) for 2 years, Chad Johnson (Rangers) for 1 year, Chris Conner (Red Wings) for 1 year, and Rob Klinkhammer (Sens) for 1 year
Lose - Ray Whitney (Stars), Adrian Aucoin (Blue Jackets), and Taylor Pyatt (Rangers)

Pittsburgh Penguins: LW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Richard Park, LW Eric Tangradi, and D Brian Strait all remain unsigned.
Keep - Matt Niskanen for 2 years, Steve MacIntyre for 2 years
Pick Up - Warren Peters (Wild) for one year, Tanner Glass (Jets) for 2, Jeff Zatkoff (Kings) for 2 years
Lose - Arron Asham (Rangers)

San Jose Sharks: Unsigned are RW Daniel Winnik, D Jim Vandermeer, D Colin White, LW Brad Winchester, C TJ Galiardi, and RW Benn Ferriero.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Adam Burish (Stars) for 4 years, and Bracken Kearns for 1 year
Lose - Torrey Mitchell (Wild), Mike Moore (Preds)

St. Louis Blues: Notable unsigned free agents are C Jason Arnott, D Carlo Colaiacovo, RW Jamie Langenbrunner, D Kent Huskins, LW Chris Porter, LW David Perron, and RW TJ Oshie.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Jeff Woywitka (Rangers) for one year
Lose - Danny Syvret (Flyers)

Tampa Bay Lightning: Unsigned free agents remaining: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, D Mike Commodore, RW Tim Wallace, RW Ryan Shannon, D Bruno Gervais, G Anders Lindback.
Keep - Benoit Pouliot for 1 year
Pick Up - Sami Salo (Canucks) for 2 years
Lose - ?

Toronto Maple Leafs: Still unsigned are D Jay Rosehill, RW Nikolai Kulemin, and D Cody Franson.
Keep - Matt Frattin for 2 years, Ryan Hamilton for a year
Pick Up - Jay McClement (Avs) for 2 years 
Lose - Colby Armstrong (Habs) and Joey Crabb (Capitals)

Vancouver Canucks: Unsigned: RW Byron Bitz, LW Mason Raymond, RW Dale Weise, and D Marc-Andre Gragnani
Keep - Andrew Ebbett for a year
Pick Up - Jason Garrison (Panthers) for 6 years
Lose - Sami Salo (Lightning) and Aaron Rome (Stars)

Washington Capitals: The Caps added new coach Adam Oates, which is exciting, but haven't done much else yet this free agency. Still unsigned are LW Alexander Semin, RW Mike Knuble, C Jeff Halpern, C Keith Aucoin, D Mike Green, D John Carlson, C Jay Beagle, and C Mathieu Perreault.
Keep - ?
Pick Up - Joey Crabb (Leafs) for 1 year and Jack Hillen (Preds) for a year
Lose - Jordan Hendry (Ducks)

Winnipeg Jets: Still unsigned are RW Eric Fehr, D Randy Jones, C Kyle Wellwood, D Mark Flood, RW Tim Stapleton, C Evander Kane, and RW Spencer Machacek
Keep - Derek Meech for one year
Pick Up - Alexei Ponikarovsky (Devils) for 1 year
Lose - Jonas Gustavsson (Red Wings), Chris Mason (Predators), and Tanner Glass (Penguins)


Who are you going to miss most from your team, if anybody? Which player in FA would you most like your team to pick up?

Please feel free to add any free agency news, signings, or even rumors (or mistakes above) in the comments below!
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7/12/12   |   saintrex   |   2 respect

I like the piece!

7/3/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Johnson is gone.  The trade for Vokoun finalized that.  Glass is going to end up being Asham's replacement, so not a big loss.  I'd like to see the Pens try to keep Sullivan and Park...and I want Zach Parise!

7/2/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7412 respect

I'm going to light some candles, say some hail Mary's, grovel....

Suter and Weber need to stay right where they are.

7/2/12   |   hskrdave   |   10676 respect

kteacher wrote:
I like when the Canes go after free agents.............ends up working pretty good for the Kings seasons later. #greattradepartners

Glad Williams came back from the injury to help you guys.  at the time too risky to keep.  

I know the expectations for the Canes will be huge this year with the signing of Jstaal.  I'm going to pessimistic til I see it.

At least for the short time I will be pessimistic.  Will probably be talking about the Cup coming back to Raleigh around September 15th.

7/2/12   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

hskrdave wrote:
Corvo can be good, but the Hurricanes, in their never-ending loyalty, overpaid.

I'd still trying to determine when JStaal "dipietro's" his 10 year contract.  I'm going with 1 full season and 36 games.

I like when the Canes go after free agents.............ends up working pretty good for the Kings seasons later. #greattradepartners

7/2/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25335 respect

#PariseWatch enters hour 29

On a side note, the Avs kept UFA-to-be David Jones, and RFAs Steve Downie, Matt Duchene, Shane O'Brien, and eventually Erik Johnson, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly.  That didn't qualify Kevin Porter or Peter Mueller

7/2/12   |   hskrdave   |   10676 respect

Corvo can be good, but the Hurricanes, in their never-ending loyalty, overpaid.

I'd still trying to determine when JStaal "dipietro's" his 10 year contract.  I'm going with 1 full season and 36 games.