You should all know by now that I recently found myself adventuring through CapGeek, looking at what each team is dealing with this summer. Since there was quite a bit of information in there, I have decided to share the interesting stuff here with you guys.
Division by division, I am looking at each's teams UFAs and RFA's for this year, FAs for next year, and give a quick summary of their situation. Of course, I will also look at what players we could poach from those teams, whether through UFA negotiations or trades or offer sheets. If you want more info on a team's non-roster players, those are towards the bottom of the CapGeek pages for those teams. With the Northwest and the Northeast both already done, my order-randomizing scheme spitted out a tie for the next one. Choosing regular season points as a tiebreaker, the Southeast division is next.
2012 RFAs: Jeremy Welsh
2012 UFAs: Jaroslav Spacek, Bryan Allen
2013 FAs: Chad LaRose, Jeff Skinner, Anthony Stewart, Andreas Nodl, Tim Brent, Patrick Dwyer, Derek Joslin, Jay Harrison, Brian Boucher
What are they up to? Carolina is pretty much set for having enough players next year, while still with a large amount of cap space. They will be looking to bolster what they already have, especially on defense. Spacek had a pretty solid season, despite injuries, but might be close to finishing his career at the age of 38. Bryan Allen might be re-signed, although his numbers are absolutely stellar.
2012 RFAs: Wojtek Wolski, Kris Versteeg, Dmitry Kulikov, Keaton Ellerby
2012 UFAs: Mikael Samuelsson, Marco Sturm, Krys Barch, John Madden, Jason Garrison, Scott Clemmensen
2013 FAs: Stephen Weiss, Mike Santorelli, Matt Bradley, Shawn Matthias, Jack Skille, Jerred Smithson, Jose Theodore
What are they up to?
2012 RFAs: Brian Lee, Keith Aulie, Brendan Mikkelson
2012 UFAs: Tim Wallace, Ryan Shannon, Adam Hall, J.T. Wyman, Brett Clark, Mike Commodore, Bruno Gervais, Dwayne Roloson, Sebastien Caron
2013 FAs: Teddy Purcell, J.T. Brown, Nate Thompson, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Mathieu Garon
What are they up to? The big story here is goaltending. Roloson is getting old, Garon is getting old, and the last time Caron played more than 3 NHL games in 1 season was back in 2005-2006 with the Penguins. Steve Yzerman will most likely be looking for a goaltender to fill the starting role. Their defense is also shaky right now. Out of the only 3 defensemen they have signed past next year, Mattias Ohlund and Victor Hedman have both had rough times in
2012 RFAs: Mathieu Perreault, Jay Beagle, Mike Green, John Carlson
2012 UFAs: Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble, Jeff Halpern, Keith Aucoin, Dennis Wideman
2013 FAs: Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Hendricks, Roman Hamrlik, Tom Poti, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth, Braden Holtby
What are they up to?
2012 RFAs: Evander Kane, Eric Fehr, Spencer Machacek, Ondrej Pavelec
2012 UFAs: Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Tim Stapleton, Randy Jones, Mark Flood, Chris Mason
2013 FAs: Nik Antropov, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Alexander Burmistrov, Antti Miettinen, Patrice Cormier, Ron Hainsey, Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Grant Clitsome
What are they up to? The welcome to
Check back tomorrow to see who tied with the Southeast in my order-randomizing scheme.