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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Insanity was expected. Restraint was delivered.
Beleskey helped define July 1, 2015, as a rare day of reason on the NHL market. Justin Williams capped off the day, with the 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy winner leaving Los Angeles for Washington via a two-year, $6.5 million deal.
Williams was the 57th and final signing of July 1. A total of $193,540,000 was doled out.
In perspective, $528 million was awarded to 89 players one year prior on over 180 year's worth of contracts. There were seven mega-deals of $20 million or more in 2014 compared to just three on Wednesday.
“Free agent is a frenzied time,” Sweeney said. “You can get caught up in the hype of it. I think the visiting and interview period has tempered that to some degree.”
Sweeney joked the free agency period is no longer a “cloak and dagger” exercise like the old days. Thanks to the internet, agents and managers are both “very aware” of each other’s cap situations.
Agents, Sweeney said, do a good job of “teeing it up for every team.”
At the same time, the five-day interview window - which stretched from June 25-30 this year - allows general managers time to field interest and sort out game plans. Prior to 2014, it was more of an impulse buy period.
Teams would talk to a player high atop their list and fall in love at the sound of his agent’s voice. Now, managers are given the opportunity to sleep on their decisions for a few days. In all sports, sometimes the best deal a manager makes is the one he ultimately decides against. There was no period to pause - it was either meet a player’s demands or move on.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Here’s a breakdown of some of the winners and losers following the first day of free agency.
WINNER: Edmonton Oilers
The impact of being able to lure a prime free agent like Andrej Sekera can’t be understated. Call it the McDavid Effect. They attracted Mark Letestu as well.
LOSER: Detroit Red Wings
Mike Green goes from being a No. 5 defenceman with the Washington Capitals to being the highest paid D-man in Motown. Being a top-pair blueliner again will be a major challenge.
WINNER: Winnipeg Jets
The challenge for some markets is to demonstrate they can keep the assets they want to keep. The Jets did that by re-signing Drew Stafford and bringing back Alexander Burmistrov.
LOSER: Ottawa Senators
The end of the season was just a blast for Sens fans, but the off-season so far has been such a letdown. Nothing added to enhance the roster. Budget won’t allow for more.
added 7:35am, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Well, who saw that coming? The Blackhawks had spent the past few months insisting that Brandon Saad would still be a Chicago player by the time the new season started, but that all stopped when the reigning Stanley Cup champions decided to trade the 22-year-old to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a seven-player deal. Joining Saad in moving to the Blue Jackets will be forward Alex Broadhurst and defenceman Michael Paliotta, with Columbus sending Artem Anisimov, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin and Marko Dano to Chicago, as well as a fourth-round selection in the 2016 Draft.
Well I guess he's not going back to college....
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