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2016 All UFA Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Every year I make an all star team of the best unrestricted free agents to be.  This shows how good a team one could make if they went out and bought all the best players available.  Usually this team isn't very good and costs well over the salary cap.  We can look back at this team next year to see how good it is. 

I will take a look at last year's team in a few days after the majority of the free agency moves are over.  We already have some significant trades that may have upstaged the July 1st frenzy.

This year's team took a significant hit yesterday when Steve Stamkos re-signed with Tampa Bay.  The major prize among the UFAs is no longer available.

Here is the 2016 All UFA Team:

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Audio/Video- First Time Caller Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

Long-time HC at Noon fanatic, oh and Art Ross, Hart and Ted Lindsey Trophy winner, Patrick Kane finally calls into the show to discuss the craziest day ever in hockey, and why Doug MacLean is the crustiest member of the panel.

 

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The Problems With P.K. Subban And The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Subban’s trade to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber proved one thing: don’t believe anything Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin says. Bergevin’s nose probably grew a bit when he told reporters at the NHL Entry Draft he wasn’t shopping Subban and simply had to answer the phone when other GMs called. When asked if it was realistic that a trade could happen, the GM said: “I would say no.”

TSN’s Bob McKenzie — the best at what he does — called the GM out when he told Vancouver’s TSN Radio 1040: “The Canadiens obviously don’t want it out there: ‘We’re trying to dump P.K. Subban.’ And in fairness to them they’re not trying to dump P.K. Subban. But I mean they’re not playing tiddlywinks on these calls, either. These are serious calls and they’re entertaining offers on P.K. Subban.”

Maybe Bergevin should buy another fancy new tie with Pinochio figures on it.

You knew Canadiens management had a big problem with Subban last February in Colorado after the defenceman lost control of the puck just inside the Avalanche blue line and fell down. It resulted in an unthreatening three-on-three the other way, but when captain Max Pacioretty gave up on his back-check, Jarome Iginla scored what proved to be the winning goal for the Avalanche.

After the game, coach Michel Therrien pointed the finger directly at Subban for the loss, calling it an “individualistic” play. It didn’t seem to matter to the coach that his captain stopped back-checking.

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San Jose Sharks Make Tomas Hertl Signing Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Tomas Hertl (@TomasHertl48) to a two-year contract.

"We're excited to keep Tomas in the fold and are appreciative of all of his work to help get this deal done," said Wilson. "He is an extremely important piece of our team, which was magnified with his absence during much of the Stanley Cup Final. He has shown steady improvement each season and deserves a lot of credit for his commitment into what we are building here. We're looking forward to having him back to start the 2016-17 season."

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It’s about price and term

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I realize that the vast majority of you are going to be very angry at Ken Holland regardless of what moves he makes or does not make tomorrow as that is the way of the Wings fan base on the internet. However:

I'm going to be relatively comfortable if Holland signs any of the available free agents at the proper prices and terms. We know that his modus operandi is to make his moves during free agency.

That would indicate that the Red Wings will add one or two forwards from a list that includes David Backes, Kyle Okposo, Troy Brouwer, Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Milan Lucic, Jason Demers and more...And my biggest concern, especially given that most of those forwards are north of 30 years of age, is that Holland spends wisely and that he doesn't over-pay in terms of term.

Mike Green's 3-year, $18 million deal is a good example of paying "market value" over a shorter term, and if you're looking at somebody like 32-year-old David Backes, that's the kind of deal you'd want your GM to offer. Not too long, not too expensive, a nice shrubbery...I mean contract...That would make good sense for both parties.

That's where I'm headed in terms of expectations. I'm sure you're going to tell me what you're expecting.

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St. James talks free agent fits

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James disusses the "pros and cons" of the free agents the Red Wings may or may not be able to sign...

Frans Nielsen has been tagged within the Wings organization as a target because he'd fill a need at center following the departure of Pavel Datsyuk. He's versatile enough to play in all situations, trustworthy defensively and a good passer who could help set up Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.  Bearing in mind that overpaying is inevitable, maybe the Wings offer Nielsen, 32, four years at $6 million annually. Yes, that's a lot of money, but it's better to overpay in money than term.

Nielsen would enable the Wings to use Dylan Larkin as their first-line center, maybe between Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. Larkin mostly played wing last season, but his speed makes him a natural at the center spot.

Milan Lucic, 28, beckons as the biggest name after Stamkos -- and with Stamkos no longer available, Lucic is likely to get an even bigger offer from a team such as Edmonton.

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The Buyout Period This Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Note- Some went on waivers today and will be bought out when they clear.

 

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Jared Boll On Waivers, Will Be Bought Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on waivers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. If Boll clears waivers by 12 pm on July 1, the club will buy out the final year of his contract.

“Over the past 10 years, Jared Boll has been an impact player for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the ice and one of our best ambassadors in the community and for that we are extremely thankful,” said Kekalainen. “Everyone here has great respect and affection for Jared and wish him well. This decision was a difficult one, but one that we believe is in the best interest of our club at this time.”

Boll, 30, was Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. He has registered 27-35-62 and 1,195 penalty minutes in 518 career games. He is the club’s all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played, trailing Rick Nash (674), Fedor Tyutin (553) and David Vyborny (543).

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Video- Best Free Agent Signings Of All Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ed Belfour, Scott Niedermayer, Zdeno Chara, Adam Graves and Scott Stevens,

What do you think?

 

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Custance: Trouba, Fowler should be Wings’ Plan B targets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 12:09 PM: ESPN's Craig Custance examined the "Plan B's" (I'm pretty sure that, technically speaking, it should be "Plans B," but that sounds a little stuffy) for the teams that were interested in Steven Stamkos, and in his Insider-only article, Custance suggests that the Red Wings now need to make a trade:

Detroit Red Wings

New target: Jacob Trouba

Signing Stamkos would have given the Red Wings a replacement for Pavel Datsyuk. It would have given them a headliner for their new arena and a supserstar for the next era in Detroit.

It also wouldn’t have addressed their biggest need, which is getting younger and more mobile on defense.

The Jets would move Trouba for the right price, especially with Trouba’s big contract looming as a restricted free agent and Winnipeg facing expansion draft protection challenges in less than a year. The Jets ideally want a left-handed defenseman who can play in their top four and would be willing to commit to Winnipeg long-term as part of the package back. There may not be a fit there with Detroit. If not, Holland should turn his attention to Cam Fowler.

Custance continues...

Update: NHL.com's Nichols J. Cotsonika also weighs in:

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