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> Welp, I guess we've all expected a bit of a standstill in regards
to free agents, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Not only did
Detroit, Carolina and New Jersey resign 3 of their most important
players, but both Colorado and Philadelphia did IMHO make two VERY
> In Colorado's case, they added two gritty and consistent 3rd line
players. In Laaksonen you get a speedy penalty killer who is gonna
give you 12-14-26 every season (no shit - look at his career with the
Wild) and Laperriere has been a terrier for several years for LA.
He's an unheralded player who I think someone on this list has
claimed WE should pick up for several seasons now.>>>>
If the money is close to right players are going to want to play in
these places, they know how to win and there is a lot of veteran
depth. They also shed some payroll.
> In Philly, there are signs that some of the Amontes, LeClairs, etc.
are on their way out.>>>
That's going to be interesting because Amonte and LeClaire have
huge contracts and did not produce. Maybe a buyout is coming or some
team absorbs part of a contract but Philadelphia keeps spending first
and asking questions second. Knuble is a very good signing for them.
<<< Both Knuble and Stevenson add MORE size to an already large
lineup and Stevenson can play the left side. Knuble has had two
solid seasons with Boston and although neither is a superstar,
they've pretty much just added grit, toughness, size, 35 goals and 65
points to their lineup.>>>
Devils added Langdon, Philadelphia added Stevenson, Sather retained
Turtleton. Florida signed Cairns from a team that is already very
small but did not have the mobility to play defense and needs some
size. Florida did not wait long either.
> In both cases good moves. It'll be interesting to see if some of
the other "Phillys and Colorados" i.e. the Rags, Toronto, Detroit
chime in with the same type of positive signings before the
About 300 players are on the open market, there is plenty of time
for everyone to pick and choose.