Archive for free agency

Colby To UFA

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

Forward Colby Armstrong #20 of the Atlanta Thrashers celebrates his third period goal during the game against the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena on October 10, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Thrashers beat the Capitals 7-4.

According to my favorite HockeyCentral host, Darren Millard, the Atlanta Thrashers offered Colby Armstrong a last minute deal he has decided to test free agency for the first time in his career. Armstrong made $2.4 million last season, but after his lowest point total in his career, it might be difficult to justify an upgrade. If he comes in around $2 million there should be a lot of takers for the fifth year pro.

Which team doesn’t need a physical winger that has the potential to get 40 points? Continue reading

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NHL Goalie Landscape: Part 2- Looking For A Starter?

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

This is me trying to sort through the ridiculous amount of UFA goaltenders as of next Friday. Continue reading

Volchenkov to Hit the Market

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, UFA Anton Volchenkov will not be re-signed by the Sens and his rights could be dealt very soon, much like what happened with Dan Hamhuis over the weekend.

This is a huge addition to the free agent market as Volchenkov is one of the premier shut down men in the League. While his health is always a risk, Volchenkov is widely regarded as the best shot blocker in the NHL. There may be a correlation there. In the Sens’ six game series against Pittsburgh this past offseason, he had 32 blocked shots.

Although he will never be a 25+ point guy, he will still receive a decent increase from the $2.5 million he made last season, especially when a guy like Mike Commodore makes $3.75 million. That should give him a lot of bargaining power.

The Sens will definitely look to deal him for some offensive help over the next week. The likely target would have to be the Vancouver Canucks; a very fragile back end, but a ton of talent up front with not enough ice to go around. While Volchenkov’s injury history would just add to the headaches that Mitchell, Salo and Bieksa already bring, maybe his shotblocking would cover a few of the holes Luongo seems to have in him lately.

This Week in the NHL

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

The NHL is wasting no time in closing the books on last season and getting things started for the 2010-11 season. Suffice it say that there will be no problem finding enough things to write about over the next few weeks:

Tuesday June 22: 2010-11 season schedule is released

Tuesday June 22: 2010 Hall of Fame inductees are announced

Wednesday June 23: NHL Awards

Friday June 25: NHL Draft

Friday July 1: Free Agency Begins

Can’t wait.

NHL Goalie Landscape: Part 1-Trades

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by davepoleck

As if the fact that the two goalies in the Cup Final made a combined $1.4 million last year didn’t worry GMs enough about their money allocation in goal, over half of the teams in the League have some big time decisions to make about who will be guarding the crease for their team in 2010-11. Continue reading