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, Northeast , Southeast, and Central divisions already done, that coincidentally leaves the two divisions that produced this year's Stanley Cup Finals. In this post, the focus will be on the Pacific division.
2012 RFAs: Nick Bonino
2012 UFAs: Jason Blake, Teemu Selanne, Niklas Hagman, George Parros, Rod Pelley, Sheldon Brookbank, Dan Ellis
2013 FAs: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu, Matt Beleskey, Lubomir Visnovsky, Toni Lydman, Cam Fowler, Nate Guenin, Jeff Deslauriers
What are they up to?
2012 RFAs: Jamie Benn, Tom Wandell, Ryan Garbutt, Mark Fistric, Philip Larsen, Jordie Benn, Richard Bachman
2012 UFAs: Radek Dvorak, Adam Burish, Jake Dowell, Toby Petersen, Sheldon Souray
2013 FAs: Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow, Michael Ryder, Eric Nystrom, Tomas Vincour, Adam Pardy, Kari Lehtonen
What are they up to?
2012 RFAs: Dwight King
2012 UFAs: Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll, Scott Parse, Colin Fraser
2013 FAs: Simon Gagne, Brad Richardson, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Jordan Nolan, Rob Scuderi, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez, Davis Drewiske, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier
What are they up to? Better watch out for these guys. Unless they randomly decide to tear apart their team this summer, they are well-poised to keep the team that they won the Cup with. Aside from re-signing Penner and Stoll, they can pretty much relax this summer and party with Stanley. It’s next year they have to worry about, with 11 more contracts expiring, including 4 defensemen and both goalies.
2012 RFAs: Gilbert Brule, Kyle Chipchura, Chris Summers
2012 UFAs: Shane Doan, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney, Taylor Pyatt, Michal Rozsival, Adrian Aucoin, Kurt Sauer
2013 FAs: Lauri Korpikoski, Raffi Torres, Boyd Gordon, Mikkel Boedker, Scott Arnold, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Michael Stone, David Schlemko, Mike Smith, Jason LaBarbera
What are they up to? This team has been through a lot together, through ownership issues and a very small fanbase. Now that those two things are being resolved, lots of the players find themselves with expiring contracts. At the end of their playoff run, the reports were that Doan was a top priority for re-signing, and that both sides were waiting to see how the deal went for the new ownership bid. Whitney and a few other guys are also among the ones to be re-signed.
2012 RFAs: Tommy Wingels, T.J. Galiardi, Benn Ferriero, Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun
2012 UFAs: Torrey Mitchell, Dominic Moore, Daniel Winnik, Brad Winchester, Jim Vandermeer, Colin White, Antero Niittymaki, Brad Stuart
2013 FAs: Ryane Clowe, Michal Handzus, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Douglas Murray, Jason Demers, Thomas Greiss
What are they up to? San Jose already made one of the first moves of the offseason, acquiring the negotiation rights to Detroit's UFA Stuart. Although they do have their core group of forwards signed, that's only 7 forwards signed for next year, with their combined cap hit already up to $31M for them alone. They need to either re-sign or acquire players to completely put together a bottom-6 group.
Check back tomorrow for one more division. And by tomorrow, I obviously mean Saturday.