HEADS UP: Our Fantasy Prospects DB was released this week... do you need a list of the top 500 prospects and top 100 draft eligible prospects?... probably not, but you can get the details and grab a copy here anyway.
Not much news to report from Saturday, so enjoy your day of rest...
Florida continued their odd summer by trading for the rights to Sergei Shirokov despite him recently signing a two or three-year deal to play for CSKA in the KHL (which reportedly does not have an out-clause). So if you like marginal 25-year-old prospects who are at least two years away from having a slim chance of helping out your fantasy team... then look no further.
Quite the blockbuster here as former phenom Angelo Esposito is headed from Winnipeg to Florida for fellow 1st round bust Kenndal McArdle. I think you'd struggle to find two guys that belong in the NHL less. McArdle was the pet project of Mike Keenan in his disastrous stint as GM in Florida and has maxed out at 14 goals in the AHL. Esposito would kill for 14 AHL goals, he had just three (on only 37 shots) in 57 AHL games last season. Moving to a new organization can only help these guys but I've given up on them both a long time ago.
The Wild signed UFA dman Mike Lundin... he has shown some skills at the AHL level but we haven't seen any of that in NHL and he's been used in strictly a defensive role so far. There's no worries here (yet) if you're a young dman in the Minnesota organization as they still have three openings available for a handful of prospects to claim at training camp... with Marco Scandella being the one who looks to have the most fantasy upside.
Former Oiler Jeff Deslauriers joined six other goalies under contract in the Ducks organization, he gets a two-year deal that is one-way in the second year. He likely slides in at #3 on the depth chart and if Jonas Hiller is not back to 100% then JDD could see some NHL action this year. I wouldn't get too excited but I suppose it's better than being the Oilers #3 and not getting a sniff of the NHL last year.
Speaking of goalies, here is some required reading from Jonathan Willis about the FA goalie market... there certainly were deals to be had but in reality only three of the guys on the list were solid starters last year (Bryzgalov, Roloson & Vokoun) and so Vokoun is the only guy that seemed to be pinched by the saturated goalie market.