NHL Free Agent Frenzy Signings! Alfredsson Officially Signs with Detroit Red Wings – July 5, 2013

jg2CFN – Free Agent Frenzy 2013 is alive and kicking.

I’ll review each signing and its upside and downside.

Nabakov resigning with the Islanders for $3.25M.  Great veteran keeper with the option of trading at the deadline for an asset.   No lose deal for Garth Snow.     Grade A

Andrew Ference to Edmonton – 4 years at $3.5M.   No real upside for Ference.  With the cap rising in the future this deal isn’t the worst, but 4 years was a premium.   Grade B-

Peter Regin to Islanders – Why?  Hasn’t shown he’s a full fledged NHL’r yet.   Waiting on the salary numbers but a filler move with not enough upside.  Grade

Joey Crabb to Florida – 2 years at $600K – Grade C

Daniel Alfredsson to Detroit – 1 year $5.5M – Good pick up for Detroit and Alfie should put up 50–60 points and kick it in the playoffs as long as he doesn’t wear down or get hurt.    Grade A-

Ray Emery to Philly – 1 year at $1.65M – Back up now with potential to fill in as starter.   Good contract number.  Grade B+

Mike Komisarek to Carolina – 1 year $700K – Great value pickup for big bruising D man that has something to prove.  Grade B+

Mike Ribeiro to Phoenix – 4 years at $5.5M per!    Grade C-

Andre Benoit to Colorado – $900K 1 year – Depth move.   Grade C

Boyd Gordon to Edmonton – 3 years   Grade

Jason Labarbera to Edmonton – 1 year Grade

Pierre Marc Bouchard to Islanders – 1 year $2M – blech – Grade C-

Nathan Horton to Columbus – 7 years –  $5.3 M –  Odd player that seems to not want to play on winning team – Long term with his injury history – Grade C+

Pittsburgh brings Rob Scuderi back –   Grade

Ryan Clowe to Devils – 5 years at $4.85M – Desperation move after losing Clarkson – Grade D

Clarke MacArthur to Ottawa for 2 years at $3.25 per.   Ok for Frenzy price.  Grade C

Yann Danis to Philadelphia for 1 year.   Grade

Mike Mottau to Florida for 1 year  Grade

Keith Aucoin to St. Louis for 1 year at $625K  Grade C

David Clarkson to Toronto     7 years  $5.25 per – If Clarkson can put up 20-25 goals per year not a bad contract.  Grade B

Tyler Bozak resigned to Toronto for 5 years at $4.2M –   A lot of coin for a 3rd line shut down guy.   Grade C

Stalberg to Nashville 4 years at $3M per – Typical Nashville forward – big with some scoring and grit – Great value – Grade B+

Mason Raymond to Calgary 2 years  Grade

Matt Cullen to Nashville – 2 years at $3.5M per – Interesting pick up of wiley veteran – Grade B+

Weiss to Detroit 5 years at $4.9M per. – Kinda pricey but with Detroit signing Alfie it’s a roll of the dice.  Grade C+

Matt Hendricks to Nashville – 4 years at $1.85M per – Big body with a bit of offense – Grade B

Dan Ellis to Dallas – 2 years at $900K per – Good value pick up for Dallasa – Grade B+

Filppula signs with Tampa for 5 years at $5M per – Really?   Not a great signing.  Too much money and too long a term.   Can you say buyout?  Grade C-

Khudobin to Carolina – 1 year at $800K  – Boston’s back up last year put up good numbers – Very solid pick up – Grade B+

Eric Nystrom to Nashville – 4 years at $2.5m  per – Veteran mucker who scores a few goals – Grade B

Yannick Weber to Vancouver – 1 year at $650K What is it with Mike Gillis and his love of Hab hand me downs?  – Grade C-

Jeff Schultz to LA for 1 year at $700K – Depth move – Big D Man that needs to up the ante – Grade C+

Brad Richardson to Vancouver – 2 years at $1.15M per – Depth move – C

TJ Brennan to Toronto – 1 year $600K – former 2nd rounder has some offensive upside – Low risk long shot – Grade B

Aaron Johnson NY Rangers – 1 year at $600K – Depth pick – Grade C

Ryan Hamilton Edmonton – 2 Years – Big winger who scored 30 goals for the Marlies – Grade

We will keep updating during the day.  What do you think Hockey fans?  You can post your comments below.

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