These veterans led NJ to such great heights at the beginning of last season that St.Louis just had to have them
The Blues made a bit of a splash yesterday (moreso if this was five years ago) as they signed Jamie Langenbrunner & Jason Arnott to one-year deals. I think both of them are about at the end of their ropes but it's possible that last season was just an off-year and they can bounce-back. I see them as providing more of a veteran presence than really filling a scoring line role so I wouldn't expect much production from them. These two signings combined with the addition of Scott Nichol will really eat into the playing time for bottom six forwards like Matt D`Agostini and Vladimir Sobotka but I wouldn't be too worried about it affecting any of their top 6 forwards.
The Caps signed RFA Troy Brouwer to a two-year deal... as I said when this guy was traded, I've given up on him, done waiting for him to become the rugged power-forward that he was in Jr. & the AHL. He could land a great gig on a top line but it's not like he didn't have that in Chicago and the guy was terribly inconsistent. He just doesn't bring enough to the table fantasy-wise to hold my interest, maybe I'm getting off the ride too early but I'm bored.
Florida actually signed one of their own as opposed to overpaying a castoff from some other team yesterday... Mike Santorelli got a two-year deal after being a bit of a surprise with 20+21=41 last season (second on the team in points). With all the additions up front I'm not sure what his role this season will be but I think it will be a challenge for him to see as much ice-time as he did last year (16:41/gm with 2:41 on the PP).
Erik Condra signed a two-year, one-way deal with the Senators... he came up at the end of last year and filled in nicely for some injured players but assuming these guys aren't decimated by injuries again then Condra will likely have to start out on the 4th line and work his way up... so I'm not that jacked up about his prospects for this season.
Thomas Greiss has re-signed with the Sharks for two-years after a not-so-awesome year in Sweden. He'll have to spend a season in the AHL as Niittymaki is already in place as the backup but the second year on Greiss' deal is a one-way so it seems as though they're fine with the idea of him being Niemi's backup in 2012/13.