Steve Yzerman said yesterday that he's open to bringing Dwayne Roloson back for another season and why wouldn't he as Rollie was very solid for them during the season & playoffs and due to his age (41) he should come a lot cheaper than some of the bigger name UFAs. Good news if you own Roloson in a dynasty league and worth keeping an eye on the backup situation in Tampa as you'd expect Rollie to share the net with his #2. There's been speculation that the Lightning will let Mike Smith walk and promote Cedrick Desjardins to the backup role.
Ottawa has signed two of their prospects, Jakob Silfverberg and Louie Caporusso, to ELCs. Silfverberg is a 2nd round pick from 2009 who impressed me this year with a solid season in the SEL (18+16=34 in 53 games) and by making the Swedish WC team. He'll head back to Brynas for another season but look for him to step right into the Sens lineup in 2012-13. Caporusso just finished his Sr. season at UofMich but his numbers dropped off after peaking with 49 points (in 41 games) during his Soph. season. He looks like more of an AHL player.
Sweet, here's a good one... the Ducks have signed Sami Vatanen, their 4th round pick from 2009, to an ELC. I'm really high on this kid's upside as he's had two excellent seasons in the SM-Liiga, including 11+20=31 in 52 games this season and he was named the league's top dman despite being just 19-years-old.
Jack Skille signed a one-year extension with Florida yesterday... I gave up on him from a fantasy perspective a long time ago. He'll likely be known now as the stiff the Panthers got back when they gave away Michael Frolik.
The Red Wings signed 2009 3rd rounder Andrej Nestrasil to an ELC. He has the size and lots of North American & international experience but he hasn't shown the ability in the Q to produce anything special, so I wouldn't get that excited about him.
Byron Froese, a 2009 4th round pick of Chicago, signed an ELC as well. He's not big but he's a crafty little player who put up 43+38=81 in 70 games for Red Deer this season. He could have an NHL future but he's probably a longshot to be a big fantasy contributor.
Florida signed big Russian dman Roman Derlyuk to an ELC but he doesn't look like much of a fantasy threat.
Reports out of Europe have Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd signing to play in Kazakhstan next season for Barys Astanta of the KHL. Both were with the Montreal organization this year but weren't given much of an NHL opportunity, so might as well make some money while you can.
Interesting article from the guys at The Pipeline Show about how none of the top picks in the draft this year are sure things to jump straight to the NHL. I agree that there are no sure things but there will probably be more that make the jump than you think... ie nobody thought Skinner, Burmistrov & Fowler would be making the jump this year but they did and contributed immediately (well not Burmistrov).
Saw this Dean Lombardi quote regarding Dustin Penner the other day but forget to mention it... great post by the Battle of California on what a Kings softball team would look like. Btw, Penner has one year left on his deal with a 4.25M cap hit.