Free Agency ’15, Day 1

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We’ll work off this post unless something crazy happens to change our minds. Happy Canada Day. And Merry Christm… If July 1 UFA frenzy is like Christmas, this is a Christmas when you're too old to get fun toys and know all the gifts are pajamas or socks. — Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) July 1, 2015 […] [Read More]

BST Free Agent Scorecard ’15

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The usual color code: Black=unsigned. Blue=re-signed with NYI/BST. Red=signed elsewhere in North America. Green=signed in Europe. Italics means it’s unannounced, but either we’re reporting it or some other semi-official source has it done. Split color means there’s some kind of report saying it’s happening. Remember, everyone except Group II is unrestricted. (And remember, stray Roman […] [Read More]

BST Non-Free-Agent Scorecard ’15

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Usual disclaimers apply: This isn’t a true depth chart; it more or less keeps guys where they finished. As things come into sharper focus, I may rearrange. Forward positions aren’t strict. There could (will probably) be swing on the margins and within positions. *-Unsigned restricted free agent. Italics: AHL contract. Blue: added since July 1. […] [Read More]

Paliotta to Columbus

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Three days ago, we got all excited about Stamford’s Ryan Haggerty joining Westport’s Michael Paliotta, his ex-USA Hockey teammate, with the Chicago Blackhawks after Haggerty was traded there. Today Paliotta’s gone, part of a seven-player-plus-a-pick trade that sends him with centerpiece Brandon Saad to Columbus. Marko Dano and former Ranger Artem Anisimov are the bigger […] [Read More]

Arcobello non-tendered: Monday notes

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Assembled, to the best of our ability, the annual Chicken Tenders list: players who weren’t tendered a qualifying offer, thus becoming unrestricted free agents Wednesday. A late addition: Milford’s Mark Arcobello, not tendered by Arizona after a season in which he played for four NHL teams. (They also non-tendered John Moore, whom they got from […] [Read More]

Singalong: “Whatever Became of Dono?”

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/Furiously rewriting Tom Lehrer’s “Whatever Became of Hubert?” with Matt Donovan references Almost sent that as a tweet several times during the Islanders-Capitals playoff series, but never did. But it was true. If there’s one thing we do well around here, it’s arcane references to musical artists of the ’50s and ’60s*. Unfortunately — or […] [Read More]

Non-tenders ’15

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Our annual attempt to compile this list, which will be worthwhile for an even shorter period than usual: Players not tendered qualifying offers, thus becoming unrestricted free agents on Wednesday, with sources. Teams not listed: indications are that all Group 2 free agents (RFAs) were qualified. Teams with blank spaces: haven’t seen any reports. Yes, […] [Read More]
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Qualifying offers in

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The Islanders announced their qualifying offers, including Kevin Poulin, Kevin Czuczman and Mike Halmo. They also qualified Johan Sundstrom, who signed in Sweden a couple of weeks ago. No great surprise there. That makes Poulin, Czuczman and Halmo restricted free agents come noon Wednesday. In cases like Sundstrom’s, it also retains their NHL rights after […] [Read More]