The Leafs re-signed RFA goalie James Reimer to a three-year deal. He established himself as the Leafs #1 down the stretch last year but we'll see if they bring in a veteran backup to split some time with Reimer next season. This season will be hard to repeat for Reimer so I'd prepare yourself for a bit of a lapse, he's shown a lot of promise over the years but it's possible that this season might not be an indication of his true ability.
This isn't news, more just confirmation of what the Senators have been saying all along regarding Robin Lehner, via Sens Assistant GM Tim Murray...
Things do change daily, but going into the playoffs, the plan was for him to be in Binghamton (next season) and play a lot of games. I don't think this changes that. He's still only 19. Personally, I don't think it will hurt him if he has to ride the buses to play lots of games.
I have no reason not to take them at their word and I expect Ottawa to sign a veteran backup for Craig Anderson, leaving Lehner as the #3 and he'll likely only see significant NHL action next season if Anderson gets injured.
As always, thought-provoking stuff from Jonathan Willis (one of my favourite writers), where he digs into the season that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had and concludes that everyone might be overrating him a little... I concur. RNH produced .68 ES pts/gm whereas Sean Couturier had 1.09 ES pts/gm... different leagues and situations but not an insignificant difference. These are the things we're looking at as we come up with our top 100 draft eligible prospects for 2011 from a fantasy perspective as part of our Fantasy Prospect Rankings, which should be out next week.
More money for Andrei Kostitsyn as he re-signed with the Habs for one year. He'll likely put up another underwhelming season as he hasn't shown much growth in his game over the last few years and this will be his fifth full NHL season. Save yourself the headache and find a more reliable option.
Reports say that the Rangers will buy-out the final season of Chris Drury's monstrous contract. That Glen Sather still has a job after making huge mistakes like this (and many others) and then compounding it by giving him money to go away (and likely signing more mistakes to replace him) is mind-blowing. Wojtek Wolski is rumoured to be on the potential buy-out list as well. I think Drury's fantasy days are over but Wolski is only 25 and just one season removed from a 65 point season, so we'll be interested to see where he ends up.
The Blues re-signed dman Nikita Nikitin to a one-year deal, he figures to spend the full season in St.Louis after splitting this season between the NHL & AHL but there's not much fantasy potential here so don't waste your time.
Russian dman Andrei Zubarev crossed the pond last year to play a season in North America (3+10=13 in 51 AHL games) with the Thrashers organization but he's decided that was enough and he's headed back to the KHL for next year.