Gameday/Post/Recap: UFA Day #2: Revelations

Well no big announcements yet, although everyone reports that it’s down the to the Pens and the Wild for Parise. My guess is that the Wild are promising him a nine-figure contract. The Pens aren’t matching that but they have everything else on their side. This is killing my legal process homework right now.

  • Both Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg have resigned with the Devils, both on 2-year deals. Both will be over 40 (well Brodeur’s already there) when the contracts run out. Brodeur’s deal is for $4.5 mil per season, that sounds like the Devils are really out of the Parise sweepstakes. If Brodeur really wanted Parise to come back as much as he claims to have, then he would have taken half as much money. Good goaltending tandem, that’s why Brodeur was fit and healthy for 24 playoff games this year. Again this is why the Pens signed Tomas Vokoun.
  • After my post last night the Pens added another AHL center, Trevor Smith. Considered to be an elite AHL scorer and played in 16 games for the Lightning last year. I know all these WB/S signings are boring but they are just as important as any signing that any team has made. The importance of good, skilled AHL centers will be profound when Beau Bennett will be seriously competing for an NHL spot next year and when more “unpolished” prospects end up in the NHL rather than as career minor-leaguers.
  • Alexander Radulov has decided to leave the NHL again. He has agreed to a 4-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. The contract is said to be worth $9.2 million (American) per season. It’s sort of a shame because Radulov could have been a really interesting and exciting NHL player, but it seems like he’s done here for good, it’s also sort of funny how all this “new money” in Russia deal with contracts. Radulov would have been lucky to earn $3 million per season in the NHL this year.
  • Of course with Radulov’s decision, the subject of rumors is that Alexander Semin may also seek a better fortune in Russia. Of course if he does that, then Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire win. Does this mean I’m rooting for Semin to sign with another NHL team?

I’ll be updating this same post as more information comes available, so check back often.


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