RFA Signings to make Draft Picks Less Valuable

A lot of people have said that in this new salary cap world the draft has become more important. I am not one of those who thinks this and if RFA signings like what the Oilers have done with Vanek and Penner become commonplace draft picks will become even less valuable. The premise behind believing that the draft is now more important with the salary cap is that you no longer can buy a lot of expensive free agents to fill out your roster and if you draft smartly and can get some cheap quality young players on your roster

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Favourite Player list

Well, it is the dog days of summer and there isn’t much happening around the league right now so I figured why not start posting some lists to maybe spur some mid-summer discussion. So here is my first one which is a list of my favourite players on every team. Well, maybe not always my favourite players, but rather some players who I like, or who I admire how they play the game, or who is highly underrated, or just someone who I think people don’t know much about when they really should. Anaheim – Ryan Getzlaf – Size, strength,

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Will the NHL Self Destruct?

If you listened to Gary Bettman the lockout that cost the NHL the 2004-05 season was to allow the NHL and the NHLPA to become partners and to ensure the viability of NHL hockey in all current NHL markets but only two years after that CBA was signed I am beginning to wonder if disaster on several fronts could be looming in the near future. Based on recent developments it is apparent that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman seems intent on doing whatever he can to preserve hockey in the existing NHL markets and it appears he is going to do

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Salary Cap numbers…

I am in the process of updating the salary cap numbers (see menu on the left) for all the teams. I have done several teams and hope to have most of the rest done in the next few days and hopefully keep up with many of the roster moves. Basically if the first year listed is 2007-08 then it has been updated in the past few days. If the first year listed is 2006-07 it has not yet been updated. As usual, if you find any mistakes (in the recently updated lists) please let me know.

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Front weighted contracts

A lot of the contracts signed yesterday (as well as Timonens) are heavily front weighted with the player making a lot of money in the first few years of the contract and substantially less in the last few years. This is one of the things that big revenue teams are doing to get a competitive advantage. These contracts also could be beneficial to small market teams down the road. The rules are that all teams have to maintain a payroll minimum (currently $34 million) but that is for the average contract salary, not the players actual salary paid for a

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Interesting Signing: Bates Battaglia

It surprised me when the Leafs seemingly showed zero interest in bring back Bates Battglia but that seems to have changed as TSN’s free agent tracker is indicating that the Leafs have signed Battaglia to a 2-year, $650,000/year contract. This is interesting because the Leafs now have too many forwards to go along with their too many defensemen and there are still rumours of them looking at more free agents (i.e. Slava Kozlov). It could just be a depth move and they but it could also be a set up move for a trade down the road in which they

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Free Agent Day 1 Winners and Losers

Big Winners New York Rangers: The Rangers added Scott Gomez and Chris Drury and still have enough money to Shanahan and restricted free agents Lundqvist, Avery, and Prucha and maybe even still have enough left for another second tier unrestricted free agent (possibly a defenseman). These guys could be the best in the east next year. Colorado Avalanche: This was the hottest team in the final month or two of the regular season and they just added Ryan Smyth and defensive stud Scott Hannan and like the Rangers, they too still have some money to spend. Gotta like the Avalanche

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