Sunday, July 02, 2006

Free Agency Day Two

After 30 players were signed yesterday, it was a little bit more quiet on the second day. There's little to do for an encore for the opening day of NHL free agency, especially with the top notch signings that have happened.

ST. LOUIS: I left the Blues out yesterday with their signing of Jay McKee, because I thought they wouldn't be done yet. Not only did the Blues sign McKee to a four-year deal, but they also got back Doug Weight on their club. At two years, $7M, and a Stanley Cup ring, Weight is back to help the Blues rebuild. Also, the Blues have reportedly signed Dan Hinote to a deal, though this is coming off the wire as I type.

NASHVILLE: The Preds added more offense by picking up Jason Arnott and signing him to a five-year $22.5M contract. Arnott brings plenty of experience to the camp, especially the playoff experience that some in the organization don't possess.

NY ISLANDERS: With Arnott signing, Mike Sillinger was expendable, so he went to his 12th team in the NHL. The Isles locked up Sillinger to a three-year, $6.6M contract. Not only can Sillinger find the net, but he can also get it done in the face-off circle as well.

PHOENIX: The Coyotes signed Mike Morrison to a one-year deal, which will give him the back-up spot to Curtis Joseph. This really makes you wonder if the progress of David LeNeveu is slower than the team had hoped, or if they feel that CuJo would do better with someone who has a bit more experience than LeNeveu.

DALLAS: Though the loss of Jason Arnott hurt, the Stars got back Darryl Sydor as Tampa traded the defenseman for a 4th round pick in the 2008 Draft. Sydor is going to help out the Dallas defense, as well as provide a little offensive touch to the Stars from the point.

FLORIDA: After losing out on Ed Jovanovski, the Panthers were able to get Ruslan Salei under contract for four years. Salei will bring more depth the Panthers blue line, as well as some playmaking abilities. I wouldn't rule out the Panthers as being done yet.

Other signings of note were the Bruins picking up Shean Donovan for two-years. Donovan didn't have his best season, but is a great energy guy. The Los Angeles Kings took two former Sharks by signing both Scott Thornton and Alyn McCauley to contracts. While Thornton will be one to throw the body around, McCauley will play the strong forechecking role for the Kings.

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