Free agency, a practice in opportunity or peril for the Wild? 2012 NHL free agent list

Zach Parise

There is a saying called the ‘elephant in the room’ meaning the obvious subject to discuss that most people are trying to ignore but it is virtually impossible considering its magnitude is as big as an elephant.  For the Minnesota Wild, I think its more like the ‘herd of elephants in the room’ to describe the speculation surrounding the team’s intentions to be a major bidder towards current New Jersey Devils’ captain Zach Parise.  Its been the topic du jour at message boards for months starting long before the Wild had been eliminated from playoff contention fans were already starting topics about his possible availability.  Even at the Wild’s official draft party on Friday at Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub in St. Paul a few blocks from Xcel Energy Center its all fans seemed to talk about, even more discussion than the draft itself.  Pretty amazing when you consider people went to Reid’s to watch the draft, but all they are thinking about is ‘will this team manage to sign Zach Parise in free agency?’  I guess its understandable Parise has generated so much buzz in the Wild’s fan universe.  He’s a talented player with great leadership skills and offensive ability which would help a team that appears to be leaderless at times and had the league’s worst offense.  He’s from Minnesota, where his dad was a star player for the North Stars.  Like it or not, a lot of Minnesota fans make a big deal about that local connection, and the Wild organization certainly beat that horse to death whenever they feel its to their benefit.  He plays a hard-working game that combines effort and skill that would immediately endear him to the fans.  So to say fans are really hoping for the Wild to acquire Zach Parise is a huge understatement.  You could almost say he’s become like a cult figure whose devotees have already been projecting statistics for him next season (the first of many they say) with the Wild and creating various (hopeful) line combinations with their ‘savior’ included.  I must admit I think fans are overlooking the fact that there are 29 other teams that many of which have a lot of cap space who will also likely bidding on Parise as well.  Just check out CapGeek.com or Nhlnumbers.com if you don’t believe me. 

Ryan Suter  Don’t forget about Ryan Suter Wild fans

The other thing being ignored is that there are lots and lots of other free agents to be had out there.  While for those fans obsessing over Parise he’s seen as the ultimate solution there are other (likely far less expensive albeit less flashy) options out there.  The Wild does have a host of young players who are going to be taking their first shifts of professional hockey in North America, but I am sure for development reasons they’re going to want to let these youngsters hone their game in American Hockey League in Houston.  One other player I think Wild fans should be equally interested in (as much as they are Parise) is current Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.  Suter is a true 1st pairing defenseman who combines mobility, physical play, the ability to shut down opposing forwards and some offensive skills as well.  Like Parise, he is just entering his prime.  Wild fans have discussed Suter a bit, but the amount of discussion, comments and questions have to at least be 10 to 1 in favor of Parise.  So who else is available? 

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Stephane Veilleux  Wild re-sign Stephane Veilleux

The Wild are wasting little time filling out their roster by signing some of its potential unrestricted free agents before the opening of free agency on July 1st.  Minnesota re-signed goaltender Josh Harding (3-year, $1.9M), defenseman Clayton Stoner (2-year, $2.1M deal), energy forward Stephane Veilleux (1-year, $525k) and most recently enforcer Matt Kassian (2-year, $1.15M).  The Wild currently have 19 players signed with a little over $19 million in cap space when you take into account the ridiculous salary cap figure of $70,300,000 which is the ceiling for 2012-13.  The team is clearly trying to get its ducks in a row to make a big push in free agency or so it seems.  We have already mentioned Suter and Parise, which you can read more about in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune article by Wild beat writer Michael Russo here, but if the Wild miss on these two players who else is available? 

If Minnesota fails to land Ryan Suter, Philadelphia’s Matt Carle, and Florida’s Jason Garrison are two intriguing possibilities.  Carle brings good mobility and the ability to quarterback the power play and might be a nice partner for Tom Gilbert.  Garrison provides more offensive punch, as the former UMD Bulldog lit the lamp 16 times last season, and he’s going to be looking for a healthy raise from the $750,000 he made last season.  I have to admit, Garrison sounds good but you always fear of signing a 1-year wonder and giving him $$ on just the potential that he can replicate the results.  The Wild had much the same situation with Guillaume Latendresse two seasons ago, where he had an outstanding half a season with the club but Minnesota showed wise restraint and signed him to a reasonable deal that would force the power forward to show he could score like that again.  As we all know, injuries derailed any chance he had to replicate those totals.  Ironically, the Wild are now trying to negotiate a deal with their restricted free agent before he becomes an UFA himself.  Although I guess due to family concerns Latendresse says he hopes to be signed somewhere else.  So much for all that glowing talk about wanting to be in Minnesota eh?  The Calgary Flames’ signing of Dennis Wideman to a $5 million season pact tells us all that this summer is going to be a very expensive one as free agents try to cash in before a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is finished.   

If the Wild fail to land Zach Parise; the New York Islanders P.A. Parenteau, Detroit’s Jiri Hudler, and Washington’s Alexander Semin provide possibilities for immediate help offensively.  Parenteau might be the most intriguing because his asking price is likely to be rather reasonable, and he managed to be productive on a team that struggled to score (sound familiar?).  The Hull, Quebec-native had 18 goals and 67 points in 80 games last season for an affordable price of $1.25 million per season.  He will certainly be worthy of a nice raise, but even if you doubled his salary he could be a somewhat affordable Top 6 forward.  Hudler is a player with tremendous skill, but has struggled to match his potential with appropriate production.  He does play for Detroit, and its not always easy to climb up the roster to get prime ice time.  Despite varying ice time, Hudler managed 25 goals and 50 points in 81 games last season.  He would be more expensive than Parenteau but he has the ability to light the lamp and would be a reasonable fit on the Top 6.  Lastly there is the enigmatic, but tremendously talented Alexander Semin.  Semin is not affordable as he made $6.7 million last season, but when he’s motivated he can be an elite level scorer.  He is known to be moody and streaky but he is a legit Top 3 option for the Wild if they think a change of scenery can re-ignite the spark inside him.  I do not think Semin would be all that happy in Minnesota, a team devoid of fellow Russians and I think he’s the kind of player that would not hesitate to bolt for the KHL if he didn’t want to play for the Wild.  No team, especially the Wild does not need that kind of drama. 

There is another possibility, trades.  The Wild have shown a history of being willing to make trades after the opening of free agency.  There have already been a number of interesting names tossed out in this regard.  Apart from big names in Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo and Columbus’ Rick Nash there are others that may be had for the right price as teams hope to free up money so they can be a player in the ‘Parise sweepstakes.’  At forward is the rampant and persistent rumors the Anaheim Ducks’ are saying young power forward Bobby Ryan is available.  I like the thought of Ryan in the Wild’s lineup; he’s strong and has a nice scoring touch but a trade for him could be awfully expensive I do not think Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher is going to look to hollow out his promising prospect pool to land just one player. 

On the blueline, two names stand out as rumored trade candidates in Pittsburgh’s Paul Martin and Phoenix’s Keith Yandle.  Martin should be very familiar to fans across the State of Hockey.  The Elk River-native was Mr. Hockey in 1999 and was part of back-to-back national championships with the Golden Gophers in 2002 and 2003.  The defenseman has 3 more years remaining on his 5-year contract that pays him $5 million a season.  Pittsburgh fans have felt he hasn’t been productive enough to justify his salary and with youngsters Simon Despres and Joe Morrow on the cusp of being ready the team would like to save a little money on its defense.  The team already shaved a little payroll by dealing away former Wild prospect Zbynek Michalek back to the Coyotes.  Yandle is two-time all star defenseman who has true two-way ability and is slightly more expensive at $5.25 million and is under contract until 2016-17 but he is far more likely to produce offensively than Martin.  So there are some decent options if the Wild wish to make some trades. 

I think it would be wise for the Wild to be careful in free agency.  There certainly is pressure to spend money and to make a splash but the Wild must not lose sight of what it already has.  It has a promising collection of young players and if they do in fact develop into the team’s anchors for the future it will have to have the cap resources to keep them.  Poorly spent money during this time could compromise that ability to keep this young talent they are developing.  Just like a young person with money in their pocket, its either potential opportunity or a source of peril depending on how its used. 

I have compiled the entire listing of free agents as of June 25th, 2012 along with their salaries from last season.  I hope it helps you as you compile your own wish lists.  The frenzy is about to begin, will the Wild be come home with some quality talent or will they be left with stories about the one(s) that got away?!?!

Complete Free Agent list with last year’s salary listed 
 
Anaheim Ducks   Anaheim Ducks  (14 players signed, $31.4 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (RW) Teemu Selanne, $4M; (LW) Jason Blake, $3M; (G) Dan Ellis, $1.5M; (LW) Niklas Hagman, $3M; (RW) George Parros, $875k; (D) Sheldon Brookbank, $800k; (LW) Jean-Francois Jacques, $650k; (D) Matt Smaby, $600k; (LW) Mark Bell, $575k; (C) Rod Pelley, $550k; (RW) Troy Bodie, $550k. 

RFA’s: (G) Iiro Tarkki, $900k; (C) Ryan O’Marra, $735k; (D) Kyle Cumisky, $709k; (C) Nick Bonino, $693k; (LW) Luca Caputi, $525k

Boston Bruins   Boston Bruins  (22 players signed, $3.8 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (RW) Brian Rolston, $5M; (D) Joe Corvo, $2.5M; (D) Greg Zanon, $2.1M; (D) Mike Mottau, $950k; (C) Josh Hennessy, $600k; (G) Marty Turco, $600k 

RFA’s:  (C) Zach Hamill, $787k; (G) Tuukka Rask, $1.5M; (D) Matt Bartowski, $685k; (C) Jamie Arniel, $645k; (D) Andrew Bodnarchuk, $635k; (LW) Lane MacDermid, $610k

Buffalo Sabres  Buffalo Sabres  (19 players signed, $11.7 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (C) Brad Boyes, $4M; (C) Jochen Hecht, $3M; (RW) Ales Kotalik, $3M; (D) Shaone Morrisonn, $2.075M; (C) Colin Stuart, $525k; (G) Drew MacIntyre, $525k; (LW) Derek Whitmore, $525k 

RFA’s:  (RW) Patrick Kaleta, $955k; (LW) Tyler Ennis, $875k; (D) T.J. Brennan, $713k; (C) Szczechura, Paul, $525k; (C) Travis Turnbull, $525k

Carolina Hurricanes  Carolina Hurricanes  (19 players signed, $22.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (D) Jaroslav Spacek, $3.833M; (D) Bryan Allen, $3.15M; (D) Mathieu Roy, $600k; (LW) Chris Durno, $525k 

RFA’s:  (C) Zach Boychuk, $787k; (RW) Evgeni Dadonov, $688k; (LW) Drayson Bowman, $650k; (G) Mike Murphy, $650k; (D) Bobby Saguenetti, $600k; (G) Justin Peters, $550k; (C) Brett Sutter, $525k; (RW) Jerome Samson, $525k

Calgary Flames  Calgary Flames  (16 players signed, $20 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (D) Cory Sarich, $3.3M; (C) Olli Jokinen, $3M; (RW) Lee Stempniak, $2.3M; (LW) David Moss, $1.3M; (D) Scott Hannan, $1M; (RW) Tom Kostopoulos, $1.1M; (LW) Raitis Ivanans, $600k; (RW) Guillaume Desbiens, $525k; (LW) Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, $525k; (LW) Stefan Meyer, $512k 

RFA’s:  (RW) Blake Comeau, $2.5M; (C) Mikael Backlund, $787k; (RW) Akim Aliu, $765k; (G) Leland Irving, $600k; (C) Paul Byron, $570k; (C) Blair Jones, $525k

Chicago Blackhawks  Chicago Blackhawks  (23 players signed, $8.2 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (G) Cristobal Huet, $5.625; (LW) Andrew Brunette, $2M; (C) Brendan Morrison, $850k; (D) Sean O’Donnell, $850k; (D) Sami Lepisto, $750k; (C) Brett McLean, $525k 

RFA’s:  None

Columbus Blue Jackets  Columbus Blue Jackets  (20 players signed, $20.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (LW) Kristian Huselius, $4.75M; (D) Radek Martinek, $2.2M; (C) Alexandre Giroux, $825k; (C) Daryl Boyce, $700k; (D) Brett Lebda, $700k; (G) Curtis Sanford, $600k; (D) Aaron Johnson, $550k 

RFA’s:  (LW) Maksim Mayorov, $675k; (RW) Jared Boll, $750k; (D) Nick Holden, $675k; (D) Nikita Nikitin, $600k; (G) Mark Dekanich, $575k; (LW) Dane Byers, $550k; (G) Shawn Hunwick, $525k

Colorado Avalanche  Colorado Avalanche  (15 players signed, $32.5 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (C) Jay McClement, $1.5M; (D) Shane O’Brien, $1.1M; (C) Joakim Lindstrom, $600k; (D) David Liffiton, $525k; (C) Greg Mauldin, $525k; (C) Patrick Rissmiller, $525k 

RFA’s:  (D) Erik Johnson, $3M; (C) Peter Mueller, $2.5M; (RW) Steve Downie, $1.9M; (D) Ryan Wilson, $1.275M; (C) Ryan O’Reilly, $900k; (C) Kevin Porter, $850k; (C) Mark Olver, $610k; (C) Ryan Stoa, $803k; (D) Jonas Holos, $625k; (LW) Jamie McGinn, $680k; (G) Cedrick Dejardins, $650k; (C) Evan Brophey, $525k

Dallas Stars  Dallas Stars  (16 players signed, $30.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (D) Sheldon Souray, $1.65M; (RW) Radek Dvorak, $1.5M; (C) Adam Burish, $1.3M; (D) Brad Lukowich, $1M; (C) Jake Dowell, $800k; (C) Toby Petersen, $800k; (G) Andrew Raycroft, $600k; (RW) Raymond Sawada, $600k; (D) Maxime Fortunus, $600k 

RFA’s:  (D) Mark Fistric, $1.25M; (D) Philip Larsen, $685k; (LW) Jamie Benn, $670k; (C) Tom Wandell, $850k; (C) Ryan Garbutt, $590k; (G) Richard Bachman, $550k; (D) Jordie Benn, $550k; (C) Colton Scevior, $525k

Detroit Red Wings  Detroit Red Wings  (19 players signed, $24.1 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (C) Jiri Hudler, $3M; (LW) Tomas Holmstrom, $1.5M; (G) Ty Conklin, $700k; (LW) Fabian Brunnstrom, $600k; (C) Chris Connor, $550k; (D) Doug Janik, $525k 

RFA’s:  (D) Kyle Quincey, $3.25M; (LW) Justin Abdelkader, $825k

Edmonton Oilers  Edmonton Oilers  (17 players signed, $26.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (LW) Ryan Smyth, $4.5M; (LW) Darcy Hordichuk, $825k; (G) Yann Danis, $650k; (C) Josh Green, $575k; (D) Bryan Rodney, $525k 

RFA’s:  (C) Sam Gagner, $2.275M; (D) Cam Barker, $2.25M; (D) Theo Peckham, $1.075M; (D) Alex Plante, $875k; (D) Jeff Petry, $850k; (LW) Linus Omark, $875k; (C) Chris VandeVelde, $765k; (G) Devan Dubnyk, $800k; (D) Taylor Chorney, $735k; (C) Milan Kytnar, $580k

Florida Panthers  Florida Panthers  (16 players signed, $29.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (RW) Mikael Samuelsson, $2.5M; (LW) Marco Sturm, $2.25M; (G) Scott Clemmensen, $1.5M; (C) Krys Barch, $850k; (C) Bracken Kearns, $700k; (D) Jason Garrison, $700k; (C) Mark Cullen, $600k; (C) John Madden, $600k; (C) Greg Rallo, $550k; (RW) Bill Thomas, $550k; (D) Nathan Paetsch, $525k 

RFA’s:  (LW) Wojtek Wolski, $4M; (RW) Kris Versteeg, $3.083M; (D) Dmitri Kulikov, $900k; (D) Keaton Ellerby, $850k; (RW) Michal Repik, $600k; (LW) Eric Selleck, $600k; (C) James Wright, $700k; (G) Tyler Plante, $578k; (G) Brian Foster, $575k; (C) Jonathan Matsumoto, $525k

Los Angeles Kings  Los Angeles Kings  (22 players signed, $11.9 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (LW) Dustin Penner, $4.25M; (RW) Scott Parse, $900k; (LW) Ethan Moreau, $600k; (RW) Trent Hunter, $600k; (RW) Kevin Westgarth, $525k 

RFA’s: (D) Jake Muzzin, $615k; (LW) Ray Kaunisto, $900k; (C) Andrei Loktionov, $575k; (LW) Dwight King, $585k

Minnesota Wild  Minnesota Wild  (18 players signed, $19.7 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (D) Kurtis Foster, $1.8M; (D) Mike Lundin, $1M; (C) Erik Christensen, $925k; (LW) Jeff Taffe, $600k; (RW) Jed Ortmeyer, $585k; (LW) Warren Peters, $537k; (RW) Jon DiSalvatore, $537k, (RW) Nick Johnson, $550k, (RW) Guillaume Latendresse, $2.5M 

RFA’s: (D) Chay Genoway, $900k; (C) David McIntyre, $610k; (RW) Nick Palmieri, $525k; (C) Jarod Palmer, $735k; (G) Dennis Endras, $660k; (C) Cody Almond, $620k; (D) Justin Falk, $605k; (RW) Carson McMillan, $565k; (D) Kris Fredheim, $530k

Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens  (14 players signed, $24.7 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (D) Chris Campoli, $1.75M; (LW) Travis Moen, $1.5M; (LW) Mathieu Darche, $700k; (D) Garrett Stafford, $600k; (RW) Brian Willsie, $600k; (G) Nathan Lawson, $550k; (D) Joe Callahan, $550k; (RW) Brad Staubitz, $287k 

RFA’s: (G) Carey Price, $3M; (C) Lars Eller, $787k; (LW) Blake Geoffrion, $850k; (D) Alexei Emelin, $984k; (D) Raphael Diaz, $900k; (LW) Hunter Bishop, $640k; (C) Andreas Enqvist, $900k; (D) Brenden Nash, $640k; (RW) Aaron Palushaj, $787k; (C) Olivier Fortier, $637k; (D) P.K. Subban, $875k; (C) Ryan White, $625k; (RW) Michael Blunden, $610k; (D) Frederic St. Denis, $605k; (C) Petteri Nokelainen, $550k

Nashville Predators Nashville Predators  (13 players signed, $37.3 million in cap space) – UFA’s:  (D) Ryan Suter, $3.5M; (LW) Andrei Kostitsyn, $3.25M; (C) Paul Gaustad, $2.3M; (D) Hal Gill, $2.25M; (D) Francis Boullion, $1.35M; (RW) Jordin Tootoo, $1.25M; (D) Tyler Sloan, $650k; (RW) Brian McGrattan, $600k

RFA’s: (D) Shea Weber, $7.5M; (LW) Sergei Kostitsyn, $2.5M; (C) Colin Wilson, $850k; (D) Jonathan Blum, $787k; (RW) Alexander Radulov, $984k; (G) Jeremy Smith, $600k; (D) Teemu Laakso, $675k; (D) Jack Hillen, $650k; (RW) Niclas Bergfors, $575k; (LW) Ryan Thang, $565k; (RW) Zach Stortini, $550k; (C) Brodie Dupont, $550k

New Jersey Devils  New Jersey Devils  (13 players signed, $28 million in cap space) – UFA‘s: (LW) Zach Parise, $6M; (G) Martin Brodeur, $5.2M; (D) Bryce Salvador, $2.9M; (LW) Alexei Ponikarovsky, $1.5M; (G) Johan Hedberg, $1.25M; (C) Ryan Carter, $750k; (RW) Petr Sykora, $650k; (D) Peter Harrold, $550k; (D) Jay Leach, $525k; (RW); (C) Tim Sestito, $525k; (C) Brad Mills, $525k; (RW) Steve Bernier, $525k; (RW) Stephen Gionta, $525k

RFA’s: (G) Timo Pielmier, $650k; (D) Matthew Corrente, $660k; (RW) Vladimir Zharkov, $578k; (D) Matt Taormina, $550k; (D) Mark Fayne, $555k

New York Islanders New York Islanders  (16 players signed, $25.5 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (D) Mark Eaton, $2.5M; (D) Milan Jurcina, $1.6M; (D) Steve Staios, $800k; (LW) Jay Pandolfo, $600k; (LW) P.A. Parenteau, $1.25M; (D) Dylan Reese, $635k; (LW) Trevor Gillies, $625k; (G) Al Montoya, $601k; (C) Jeremy Colliton, $600k; (G) John Grahame, $525k

RFA’s: (G) Mikko Koskinen, $900k; (D) Mark Katic, $637k; (RW) Rhett Rakhshani, $850k; (D) Ty Wishart, $803k; (C) Michael Haley, $550k; (C) John DiBenedetto, $525k

New York Rangers New York Rangers  (15 players signed, $21.1 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (LW) Ruslan Fedotenko, $1.4M; (G) Martin Biron, $800k; (D) Steve Eminger, $800k; (C) Brandon Prust, $800k; (C) John Mitchell, $650k; (D) Jeff Woywitka, $650k; (D) Brendan Bell, $525k; (C) Andre Deveaux, $525k; (C) Kris Newberry, $525k; (D) John Scott, $525k

RFA’s: (D) Michael Del Zotto, $875k; (LW) Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, $850k; (D) Anton Stralman, $900k; (G) Cam Talbot, $690k; (RW) Andreas Thuresson, $632k; (D) Stu Bickel, $600k; (G) Chad Johnson, $525k

Ottawa Senators  Ottawa Senators  (16 players signed, $26.5 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (D) Filip Kuba, $3.7M; (G) Alex Auld, $1M; (D) Matt Gilroy, $1M; (C) Jesse Winchester, $750k; (C) Zenon Kenopka, $700k; (D) Matt Carkner, $700k; (RW) Mark Parrish, $650k; (G) Mike McKenna, $550k; (C) Corey Locke, $550k; (RW) Francis Lessard, $550k

RFA’s: (LW) Nikita Filatov, $787k; (C) Stephane Da Costa, $900k; (LW) Nick Foligno, $1.55M; (C) Jim O’Brien, $700k; (C) Kaspars Daugavins, $600k; (LW) Rob Klinkhammer, $525k

Philadelphia Flyers  Philadelphia Flyers  (19 players signed, $11.4 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (D) Pavel Kubina, $3.5M, (D) Matt Carle, $3.8M; (RW) Jaromir, Jagr, $3.3M; (G) Michael Leighton, $1.6M; (C) Blair Betts, $700k; (G) Jason Bacashihua, $525k

RFA’s: (RW) Jakub Voracek, $2.25M; (LW) Andrew Rowe, $900k; (LW) Harry Zolnierczyk, $775k; (D) Marc-Andre Bourdon, $762k; (C) Ben Holmstrom, $625k; (LW) Tom Sestito, $550k

 Phoenix Coyotes  Phoenix Coyotes  (18 players signed, $31.4 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (D) Michal Rozsival, $3M; (RW) Shane Doan, $4.55M; (C) Daymond Langkow, $4.5M; (LW) Ray Whitney, $3M; (D) Adrian Aucoin, $2.2M; (D) Kurt Sauer, $1.75M; (LW) Taylor Pyatt, $1.2M; (C) Patrick O’Sullivan, $625k; (C) Marc-Antoine Pouliot, $605k; (D) Nathan Oystrick, $600k; (C) Alexandre Bolduc, $575k

RFA’s: (C) Andy Miele, $900k; (D) Chris Summers, $850k; (C) Gilbert Brule, $1.85M; (LW) Brett MacLean, $735k; (G) Justin Poggie, $575k; (C) Kyle Chipchura, $550k; (RW) Matt Watkins, $550k; (D) Tyler Eckford, $525k

Pittsburgh Penguins  Pittsburgh Penguins  (18 players signed, $14.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (RW) Steve Sullivan, $1.5M; (RW) Arron Asham, $775k; (LW) Steve MacIntyre, $600k; (G) Brent Johnson, $600k; (C) Jason Williams, $600k; (RW) Richard Park, $550k; (C) Ryan Craig, $525k; (RW) Colin McDonald, $525k

RFA’s: (D) Matt Niskanen, $1.75M; (D) Brian Strait, $670k; (C) Casey Pierro-Zabotel, $610k; (D) Carl Sneep, $610k; (LW) Eric Tangradi, $660k; (D) Alex Grant, $525k; (D) Alexandre Picard, $600k; (D) Boris Valabik, $550k; (D) Robert Bortuzzo, $550k; (G) Brad Thiessen, $525k; (C) Cal O’Reilly, $1.05M

San Jose Sharks  San Jose Sharks  (15 players signed, $11.1 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (G) Antero Niitymaki, $2M; (C) Torrey Mitchell, $1.725M; (C) Dominic Moore, $1.2M; (D) Jim Vandermeer, $1M; (D) Colin White, $1M; (C) Daniel Winnik, $1M; (LW) Brad Winchester, $725k; (D) Mike Moore, $525k

RFA’s: (D) Nick Petrecki, $875k; (D) Matt Irwin, $740k; (C) Tommy Wingels, $688k; (D) Justin Braun, $713k; (G) Tyson Sexsmith, $650k; (C) James Sheppard, $725k; (C) Brandon Mashinter, $588k; (LW) T.J. Galiardi, $700k; (G) Alex Stalock, $625k; (C) Benn Ferriero, $605k; (LW) Frazer McLaren, $575k; (LW) Tim Kennedy, $550k; (C) Andrew Dejardins, $540k; (LW) John McCarthy, $525k

St. Louis Blues  St. Louis Blues  (18 players signed, $28.2 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (C) Jason Arnott, $2.5M; (RW) Jamie Langenbrunner, $2.5M; (D) Carlo Coliaiacovo, $2.5M; (D) Kent Huskins, $1M; (C) Scott Nichol, $700k; (RW) Jonathan Cheechoo, $600k; (C) Chris Porter, $600k; (LW) Bret Sterling, $600k; (D) Danny Syvret, $525k

RFA’s: (C) T.J. Oshie, $2.35M; (LW) David Perron, $2.5M

Tampa Bay Lightning  Tampa Bay Lightning  (17 players signed, $21.3 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (G) Dwayne Roloson, $3M; (D) Brett Clark, $1.3M; (D) Mike Commodore, $1M; (RW) Tim Wallace, $700k; (C) Ryan Shannon, $600k; (D) Bruno Gervais, $550k; (RW) Brandon Segal, $525k; (D) Richard Petiot, $525k; (C) Trevor Smith, $525k

RFA’s: (D) Brian Lee, $925k; (D) Keith Aulie, $525k; (D) Brendan Mikkelson, $722k; (D) Scott Jackson, $550k

Toronto Maple Leafs  Toronto Maple Leafs  (17 players signed, $12.9 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (D) Jeff Finger, $3M; (RW) Joey Crabb, $750k; (C) Mike Zigomanis, $650k; (C) Philippe Dupuis, $650k; (LW) Ryan Hamilton, $525k

RFA’s: (LW) Nikolai Kulemin, $2.2M; (G) Jussi Rynas, $900k; (RW) Matt Frattin, $875k; (C) Marcel Mueller, $900k; (D) Cody Franson, $800k; (D) Korbinian Holzer, $620k; (LW) Jay Rosehill, $600k; (D) Matt Lashoff, $600k; (G) Ben Scrivens, $600k; (D) Mark Fraser, $550k

Vancouver Canucks  Vancouver Canucks  (18 players signed, $14.6 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (C) Sami Pahlsson, $2.65M; (C) Steven Reinprecht, $2.175M; (D) Sami Salo, $2M; (D) Aaron Rome, $800k; (RW) Byron Bitz, $700k; (RW) Steve Pinizzotto, $600k; (C) Andrew Ebbett, $525k; (G) Matt Climie, $525k; (D) Nolan Baumgartner, $525k

RFA’s: (LW) Mason Raymond, $2.6M; (D) Ryan Parent, $1M; (G) Cory Schneider, $900k; (G) Eddie Lack, $690k; (RW) Viktor Oreskovich, $605k; (RW) Dale Wiese, $605k; (C) Mike Duco, $550k, (D) Marc-Andre Gragnani, $550k; (RW) Mark Mancari, $525k

Washington Capitals  Washington Capitals  (17 players signed, $20.9 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (LW) Alexander Semin, $6.7M; (D) Dennis Wideman, $4.5M; (RW) Mike Knuble, $2M; (C) Jeff Halpern, $825k; (LW) D.J. King, $650k; (D) Sean Collins, $525k; (RW) Keith Aucoin, $525k; (LW) Kyle Greentree, $525k

RFA’s: (D) Mike Green, $5M; (D) John Carlson, $787k; (C) Christian Hanson, $525k; (C) Mathieu Perreault, $525k; (RW) Joel Rechlicz, $525k; (RW) Jay Beagle, $525k

Winnipeg Jets  Winnipeg Jets  (16 players signed, $27.9 million in cap space) – UFA’s: (G) Chris Mason, $2.1M; (D) Randy Jones, $1.15M; (LW) Tanner Glass, $750k; (D) Derek Meech, $700k; (C) Kyle Wellwood, $700k; (LW) Jason Jaffrey, $675k; (G) Peter Manino, $550; (RW) Tim Stapleton, $525k; (D) Mark Flood, $525k

RFA’s: (LW) Evander Kane, $900k; (RW) Eric Fehr, $2.2M; (G) Ondrej Pavelec, $1.3M; (D) Paul Postma, $713k; (D) Andrei Zubarev, $750k; (C) Ben Maxwell, $715k; (LW) Kendall McArdle, $600k; (D) Brett Festerling, $578k; (RW) Spencer Machacek, $575k; (D) Arturs Kulda, $575k

About Derek Felska

I am a lifelong hockey fan from Minnesota who loves and appreciates the game at all levels. I have been blogging about the Minnesota Wild since 2005. I cover just about every aspect of the organization from the team itself, its coaches, its management, its broadcast as well as its AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild and the club's pool of prospects. In addition to the NHL I occasionally time time to cover college and high school hockey as well. We are the State of Hockey and I want to make this blog informative and objective from the eyes of a fan. I am a fan of the Minnesota Wild, but I am no homer. I hope what you read reflects this approach!

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