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The Hurricanes pulled off an interesting swap as they signed UFA dman Tomas Kaberle to a three-year deal and cleared a spot for him by moving Joe Corvo to the Bruins for a pick. Kaberle's a light-shooting guy who won't give you much other than assists and PPP but he is durable and consistent so he's not a terrible fantasy option. I don't think this really impacts Jamie McBain too much, he should still get his share of PP time. Corvo is a guy I really like as he's very underrated but is pretty reliable as he's averaged 74 gms, 11+26=37 & 170 shots over the past six seasons with point totals of 40, 37, 48, 38, 18, 40. I see him stepping onto the top PP unit with the Bruins and for where you can get him in a draft, he'll give you excellent value.
RFA dman Keith Yandle re-signed with the Coyotes for a big money five-year deal... I like this kid a lot as he has some serious six-category-stud potential but it might be a little much to ask him to be amongst the top three scoring dmen in the league every year (11+48=59 last year), especially on a team like Phoenix.
Andrew Ladd was signed to a five-year deal by Winnipeg... I'm very skeptical that he can repeat his 59 point season but then again I didn't think this guy had a sixth year breakout season in him either... and he showed me.
Clarke MacArthur signed a two-year deal with the Leafs. He's coming off a 21+41=62 breakout season in which it all came together for him and his linemates Grabovski & Kulemin... I don't think it was a total fluke but odds are things don't quite go so smoothly for them all this season.
Tyler Bozak also re-signed with the Leafs... he's not going to be gifted ice-time like he has been the past two years so he'll have to be a lot better to earn it with Connolly, Grabovski & Lombardi ahead of him.
The Blues extended goalie Ben Bishop for another season, he gets a two-way deal after coming off a solid AHL season with 17W, 2.55 & .914 in 35 games but recall that the Blues signed Brian Elliott to a two-way deal as well so they'll be on even footing heading into training camp with the best goalie getting the back-up job.
Here's an under-the-radar signing that could work out... the Predators signed Kyle Wilson to a two-year deal. It's a two-way in the first year, one-way in the second year so there's a chance that he doesn't make the club this year but he looked good in limited ice-time during 32 games with Columbus and had 24 pts in 23 AHL games last season so I'd like to see what he can do with some more opportunities.
The CBJs re-signed dman Marc Methot for four-years but don't expect much offensive production from him.
23 players elected to go to arbitration... typically this is a good way to get a deal done and nice to know that they'll have a contract for next season but with the way that the money has been spent carelessly, most players are going to be awarded more than they are worth and I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of teams use their walk-away rights. The biggest names to elect were Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Teddy Purcell, Blake Wheeler and Sergei Kostitsyn.
The Ducks signed dman Bryan Rodney to a two-way deal, he's been a productive player in the AHL putting up at least 35 points in each of this last three seasons so I'd keep an eye on him when he gets called up as a injury replacement.
Andrew Ebbett has signed with the Canucks, reports say it's a one-way deal for the journeyman so not sure if they're just boosting their AHL roster or if they see him as a 4th liner in the Kyle Wellwood type role. He's a crafty little player who has shown well in the AHL over the past four years.
Flames 1st rounder Sven Baertschi signed an ELC... having played just one season in NA, I don't see him making the team out of camp but he's a good one long-term, we had him at #6 in our fantasy draft rankings of the 2011 class.