The Predators made their little qualifying offer snafu go away by getting Sergei Kostitsyn signed to a one-year deal yesterday. He had a surprise breakout season with 23+27=50 in 77 games but he meets a lot of the criteria that I look at for a guy who may have been lucky and is due to regress... 1) He led the entire league in sh% at 24.7% whereas he had a career sh% of 13.2% coming into last season; 2) Opposing goalies had a .893 sv% when he was on the ice at ES, chances are that won't continue; and 3) He had a fairly high percentage of 2nd assists to points (29% at ES), so he may have picked up his share of cheap ones.
Winnipeg made a minor splash yesterday as they acquired Eric Fehr from Washington. He had two major issues in DC: 1) He couldn't stay healthy and 2) He was stuck on the 3rd line. Now he looks like he should slot in nicely on the 2nd line in Winnipeg so that's a plus as he only averaged 12 mpg of ice-time last season but this guy has some pretty chronic shoulder problems that would concern me if I was thinking about drafting him. I've given up on him after six injury-filled and disappointing seasons in Washington but I would not dissuade you from taking a chance on him if you're feeling blessed... guess it depends on where in the draft you can get him and how desperate you are.
The Rangers re-signed Artem Anisimov to a two-year deal... I think this kid is on the verge of a breakout after a very solid 18+26=44 sophomore season but things became more complicated due to the Richards signing. He lined up with Dubinsky & Callahan quite a bit last season and that could be his role again but Derek Stepan will be pushing hard for the #2C gig as well so we'll have to see how it sorts itself out. If his spot was guaranteed then I'd say he's a lock to breakout this year.
I like this move... if you could pick one place to be the #3 goalie it would be Colorado playing behind the fragile pair of Varlamov & Giguere and that's where Cedrick Desjardins signed yesterday. This guy has been very good in the AHL the past few years and I'd love to see what he can do in the show. This is more of a wait and see situation but if there are injuries in Colorado then keep him in mind.
No real shocker here... the Flyers have reportedly been shopping Sergei Bobrovsky since May. This is good news that they realize that there is no point in keeping him now that they have Bryzgalov but the bad news is that they haven't found any takers and he could be looking at a season in the AHL.
Derek Joslin re-signed with Carolina, he's a kid that looks to have some potential and he should be in the NHL full-time next season but he might have to start the year as the 7th dman... I can find better gambles to take than him.
Speaking of which, here's a risk that I wouldn't be opposed to... dman Alec Martinez, who the Kings just re-signed. He's been productive in college & the AHL and had a fairly decent 5+11=16 & plus-11 rookie season for the Kings last year. Assuming he can get into the lineup then he'll man a spot on the 2nd PP unit and could surprise this year.
The Sharks re-signed RFA Benn Ferriero to a two-way deal. With the way the Sharks roster is shaping up, he should make the team out of camp as a bottom six forward and can fill in on a scoring line if needed.
Mark Parrish has signed as a UFA with Ottawa, he'll likely be an AHLer and called up if they run into injury problems. He's played most of the past two seasons in the A with the Tampa & Buffalo organizations but hasn't done enough to show that he deserves a one-way contract.