Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Free Agency Day Four

It was a rather quiet day on the free agency market with the US Independence Day and all, but there were some rather big names on the wire getting picked up:

PHOENIX: The Coyotes got a familiar face back in the fold as Jeremy Roenick was picked up for a 1-year, 1.2M deal. Roenick had said he would have like to have played in Canada, but that'll have to wait at least another year, when the market will be just as saturated.

DALLAS: Matthew Barnaby will pick up the agitator role in the "Big D" as the Stars signed the feisty winger to a 1-year deal. Barnaby was last with the Chicago Blackhawks for an uneventful year, which led to him being bought out.

PITTSBURGH: Agitators were a theme, as Jarkko Ruutu was picked up by the Pens on Tuesday. Ruutu got a two year deal worth 2.3M. This will be the first change of scenary as Ruutu had spent his whole career with the Canucks prior.

ATLANTA: The Thrashers signed Fred Brathwaite, Jason Krog, and Darren Haydar to one-year deals. The interesting part is why the Thrashers brought in Brathwaite when they had signed Johan Hedberg on Saturday. Maybe they are just stocking up for a injury filled season, but maybe they also know something about Kari Lehtonen that others don't.

Also, Randy Robitaille and Brian Willsie signed with the Flyers and Kings respectively. Also today, two traded goalies signed three year deals as the Leafs got Andrew Raycroft under contract and the Lightning got Marc Denis under contract.

With players like Sergei Samsonov, Brendan Shanahan, Manny Legace, and Anson Carter out on the open market, Day Five will prove to be as interesting as all the rest.

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