2012 NHL Free Agency Update

NHL Free Agency Anti-Frenzy Continues

7/3/12 in NHL   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24915 respect

Blog Photo - 2012 NHL Free Agency UpdateAs 4pm creeps up on the East Coast, we sit here still waiting for the big shoes to drop and the Parise-Suter sagas to draw to a close.  There was talk late Sunday evening that Parise would have a decision by Monday.  Then there was the anticipation of an announcement last night.  Parise used that as a platform to inform everyone he hadn't made a decision and was headed back to Minnesota to talk things over with his fiancee. 

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.

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7/4/12   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

Both Suter and Parise get 13 year 98 million dollar contracts from the Wild. 

7/4/12   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

Kind of digging the Wild getting both sought after free agents. Well done. 

Too bad they will still be paying Heatley(sp?) big money as well for the next two years. 

7/3/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7342 respect

I realize Suter wants to take his time with his decision to make sure he's doing the right thing.  At this point, I just want him to decide for the sake of his team, who will need to move on based on his decision.  I hope he decides to stay.  I think he and Weber compliment each other.  I'm not sure the Suter-Weber tandem can be duplicated elsewhere.  And I think that Nashville is a team that is poised to do some great things in the future with the talent they have.