NHL Free Agency Anti-Frenzy Continues
So here we are now, on the verge of our nation's holiday, 30 teams still biding their time waiting for an announcement that will drive the balance of the free agent market and possibly spur a big-time trade or two. It will definitely be interesting to see if anything happens if no announcement is made tonight as I don't see any decisions being made tomorrow. Whoever lands Parise I'm sure would want to make a splash in the headlines and Thursday would be a better day to do so.
With all of that being said, there have been some other happenings around the league in the last couple of days as some teams who know they aren't in the sweepstakes have decided to move along. Of note, the Calgary Flames signed former Red Wing Jiri Hudler to a 4 year, $16M deal, and the Winnipeg Jets landed Olli Jokinen, formerly of the Flames to a 2 year, $9M deal. Bryce Salvador re-signed with the New Jersey Devils, ending the speculation around him, for 3 years and $9.5M.
On the RFA front, goalie Carey Price inked a 6 year deal to stay with the Canadiens that will pay him an average of $6.5M per season. Colorado took care of another of its RFAs by signing defenseman Erik Johnson for 4 years and $15M.
Also of note, the Buffalo Sabres traded center Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars for winger Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.
So that's where we sit. Waiting, speculating, then waiting some more. If the landscape is showing one thing, it's that whatever ends up happening, the predicted frenzy should continue and pick up steam when this first and major decision is made.