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First Look at the Free Agency Frenzy: Pacific Division

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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.

Anaheim Ducks

Capgeek page, 2011-2012 individual stats

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? Anaheim won’t have to deal with arbitration hearings this year, but they do need to figure out what is happening with their older players. Selanne will be deciding whether to return for another season, while last word was that the Ducks would not be re-signing Blake. Meanwhile, their core will be able to start negotiating new contracts for the 2013-2014 season this summer. Getzlaf and Perry have a year left on their contracts at $5.3M each right now, and Saku has one year left at $3.8M.

Can Vancouver poach anyone? You know that bottom 6 depth we've been talking about a bit? Parros could work for that, although the fact that he only played 46 games this season adds a question mark. Sheldon Brookbank could be an option on defense, having 14 points and a +11 in 80 games played this year.

Dallas Stars

Capgeek page, 2011-2012 individual stats

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? Dallas is going to be quite busy this summer, with several contracts expiring. It’s not just with their current roster, though: if you look at their listed non-roster players, they have 6 more RFAs and 5 more UFAs with the Texas Stars right now, including Brad Lukowich and Andrew Raycroft. Speaking of Raycroft, Dallas needs to decide what is happening with their goaltending, with Bachman as an RFA now and Kari as a UFA next year.

Can Vancouver poach anyone? Adam Burish could be a possibility for the bottom 6, but his past years with Chicago might cause some issues with team chemistry. Dvorak is also a possibility. Souray did have a decent rebound year after spending 2010-2011 with the Hershey Bears after troubles in Edmonton, having 21 points and a +11 in 64 games. Of course, the likely still lingering ties with Edmonton might keep him out of the Northwest.

Los Angeles Kings

Capgeek page, 2011-2012 individual stats

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.

Can Vancouver poach anyone? Not this year, that’s for sure. As for next year, might as well keep an eye on them. This could be a team we could grab a rental forward from through a trade later into the season.

Phoenix Coyotes

Capgeek page, 2011-2012 individual stats

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.

Can Vancouver poach anyone? Most of the guys available this year will likely re-sign with Phoenix before anyone else gets a chance at them. Rozsival could be useful for some defensive depth, though.

San Jose Sharks

Capgeek page, 2011-2012 individual stats

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.

Can Vancouver poach anyone? There are a couple possibilities here for our own bottom 6 group. Mitchell and Moore would be great additions if they can play on the wing, with Vancouver already having a lot of centremen. Of course, Moore might be a bit pre-occupied this off-season with his wife's recent cancer issues.

Check back tomorrow for one more division. And by tomorrow, I obviously mean Saturday.