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From mid-August onward, the free agents remaining on the market tend to start signing either short-term deals or agree to pro try-outs--and with the NHL's teams "capped out" in large part due to the almost-flat salary cap, and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline notes that there are still some solid free agents out there:
-- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will attend camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout offer. That's the best the 41-year-old could do. You wonder if other established NHL players might go the similar route. It's a bit of a gamble -- take the low-ball offers on the table now, or go to somebody camp without a contract, wait for the inevitable injuries to crop up around the league, and sign a deal that's right. Among the NHL players still out there: forwards Daniel Briere, Curtis Glencross, Stephen Weiss, Martin Erat, Martin Havlat, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Cleary, Olli Jokinen, Tomas Fleishmann, Erik Cole, Michael Ryder, B.J. Crombeen, Jiri Tlusty, Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Kennedy, Marcel Goc and Scottie Upshall, and defenseman Cody Franson, Jan Hejda, Andrej Meszaros, Marek Zidlicky, Bryan Allen, Eric Brewer, Michal Roszival, John Erskine, Keith Ballard, Tim Gleason and David Schlemko.
-- What would you think of this club?
F1: Curtis Glencross – Steppen Weiss - Daniel Briere
F2: Martin Havlat – Olli Jokinen – Michael Ryder
F3: Martin Erat – Tomas Fleischmann – Brenden Morrow
F4: Erik Cole – Marcel Goc - B.J. Crombeen
extras: Tyler Kennedy, Jiri Tlusty
D1: Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Meszaros
D2: Jan Hejda – Cody Franson
D3: Tim Gleason – Marek Zidlicky
extra: John Erskine
G1: Josh Harding
G2: Jonas Gustavsson
G3: Ray Emery
OK, you've got some goaltending issues. And, yes, this group would look a lot better, say, in 2008-09 than it does now. But that, friends, is the the current all-UFA team. How many games does that team win?
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added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman summarized his "mini Hotstove" set of news items shared with Hockey Night in Canada viewers--because Sportsnet geo-blocks videos to Canadian IP's only--on Twitter:
1) SAT night newz...@DamoSpin reports Josh Harding returning in AHL this weekend, will be interesting to see if ends up in MIN or elsewhere
2) Several reports from FLA this week about potential UFAs being available, but hearing there is interest in [Brad] Boyes. Wonder if a fit in PIT.
3) VAN guarded on [Dan] Hamhuis injury (groin?), but hearing he will be re-evaluated in two weeks and he may hold off on surgery.
4) Other teams saying that EDM/PHI being careful, not make a move that hurts them long-term.
Sportsnet's Luke Fox expanded upon Friedman's report that the Florida Panthers might want to send their unrestricted free agents elsewhere:
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggests that the Florida Panthers' new owners plan on shaking up the team, with just about everyone who's not a top prospect up for grabs:
Three weeks into the season — and less than a month since Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu took over the franchise — sources say the Panthers are prepared to move any of their veteran players.
Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov, just to name a few.
After making the playoffs two years ago, the Panthers haven’t gotten off to the kind of start anybody expected, especially after signing veteran goalie Tim Thomas.
While Viola and Cifu are willing to commit cash to the organization, the belief is they don’t want to throw good money after bad. The only thing GM Dale Tallon doesn’t want to do is trade any of the club’s good young prospects.
Continued with many more rumors...
Deveaux received 10 and a match, Fleischmann did return.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
When asked which player he was most excited about signing this summer, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon’s eyes lit up as he pointed across the room.
“Tomas Fleischmann,” Tallon said with a smile, “is going to be something special.”
Tallon is genuinely excited about the offensive talents that Fleischmann brings to a Panthers team that has struggled to score the past few seasons.
Fleischmann signed a four-year deal with the Panthers on July 1, making the 27-year-old left wing the highest paid forward on the Panthers. Fleischmann will average $4.5 million in each of the next four seasons; David Booth gets $4.25 million over the same span. Fleischman said the big payday doesn’t put any more pressure on him than he puts upon himself….
“I want to win every game. We have new players and some great scorers. This is going to be good, turning this ship around and get to the playoffs. Each guy here has been on winning teams, we all know how to win. You need that to win the Stanley Cup. That’s what we’re aiming for down here.”
It’s June 21, 10 days before the start of free agency, and the Avs and Fleischmann have yet to talk at all about a new contract. On July 1, Fleischmann can talk to any team, as an unrestricted free agent.
Fleischmann scored 21 points in 22 games with the Avs after coming over from Washington for Scott Hannnan, but then was sidelined for the rest of the season with pulmonary embolism (blood clots in his leg). Fleischmann has yet to be medically cleared by the Avalanche medical staff.
Question is – is that because the Avs have no interest in signing him, and hence no interest in examining him? The Avalanche has no comment on that issue. Fleischmann’s agent, Richard Evans, seemed to have no idea what the Avs’ intentions are regarding his client. Evans does not want to be quoted for the record on the status of things, which is an unfortunate side effect of the Avs’ extreme paranoia about people talking about anything contract-related.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Tomas Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season due to pulmonary emboli.
“The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman. “Tomas’ condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath.”
Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)
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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Bruce Boudreau expects Tomas Fleischmann to have a breakout season—and he expects it to happen with the Washington Capitals.
Fleischmann, a talented left winger, was the center of trade rumors this summer, but Boudreau said it’s time to end the speculation.
“Oh yeah. Those trade rumors, I think you can faithfully put all of them to bed,” Boudreau told Sporting News. “We laugh at so many of them that have no substance. I don’t know who makes them up. Some people have very vivid imaginations.”
from Corey Masisak of CSNWashington,
Hockey players traveling back and forth from their homes in Europe at the beginning and end of every season can be taken for granted, but it is safe to assume Tomas Fleischmann won’t be doing so again.
Fleischmann developed a blood clot in his leg after the 2008-09 season came to a close, and his transatlantic flight home played a large role. The clot restricted his ability to prepare for last season and he missed the first 11 games of the campaign.
When last season concluded, Fleischmann altered his travel plans to ensure no such problems would occur, and he intends on sticking to his new routine.
“I started traveling in business class,” Fleischmann said. “I’ve changed so it is more leg room and you can stretch out there. It is better for my health.”
continued with more players mentioned….
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer
As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)
In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)
To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.
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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fleischmann, 26, set career highs in goals (23), assists (28), points (51) and plus/minus (+9) in 2009-10. He finished sixth on the team in goals and seventh in points and ranked sixth in the NHL with a 19.0 shooting percentage. Fleischmann scored 10 of his 23 goals in the first period and scored eight goals in the 10 games that Alex Ovechkin was missing from the lineup. He established offensive career highs despite missing the first 11 games of the season recovering from deep vein thrombosis in his leg.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
How does a player start his season with 11 points in 10 games and barely get noticed around the league?
By playing on a team with Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, that’s how.
Sorry Tomas Fleischmann, but you’re getting some national recognition now from ESPN.com.
“It’s OK, you can keep it quiet,” the Capitals forward said on the phone from Washington, laughing all the while.
He can afford to laugh. A few months ago, he was told his career might be over. Doctors discovered a blood clot in his leg after he returned home to his native Czech Republic following last season, a condition likely worsened by the long flight home.
“We are lucky we caught it, I was in danger,” said Fleischmann.
from pucksandbooks of On Frozen Blog,
A fresh reason to hate Pittsburgh: a Penguins’ shot that Tomas Fleischmann blocked in the 2009 playoffs could well have played a role in his developing the blood clot in his left calf that is delaying the start to his season.
“The doctors [in the Czech Republic] told me is it probably a combination of blocking shots in the playoffs against Pittsburgh and a long flight sitting too long in one spot,” Flash informed this morning. His flight home in May was nine hours long.
About two weeks after he arrived home Fleischmann began feeling pain in his left leg. Rest would alleviate the pain but then it would return after he’d work out. So he went to see a doctor and was shocked by the diagnosis, which included no practicing hockey for three months.
“I never heard about it before,” he said.