(PS: Sorry this is going up so late today. I fell asleep at the computer while making the final edits last night, and slept in today.)
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 all the other divisions done, all we have left is the Atlantic division.
2012 RFAs: Mark Fayne
2012 UFAs: Zach Parise, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ryan Carter, Petr Sykora,
2013 FAs: Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson, Jacob Josefson, Adam Henrique, Eric Boulton
What are they up to? For a team that has a solid Vezina-quality goaltender for 20 years, they are about to deal with the uncertainty of the future. Marty has already said he wants to stick around for another year, so they are probably cooking up a short-term contract right now. He is quickly approaching retirement though, and with backup Johan also being 39 years old, and most of their goalie prospects still on entry-level contracts, this will be interesting. Meanwhile, Ilya Kovalchuk is the only forward they currently have signed past the summer of next year. Unless Lamoriello pulls off some magic, there is potential for an implosion here.
2012 RFAs: Matt Martin
2012 UFAs: Jay Pandolfo, P.A. Parenteau, Micheal Haley, Mark Eaton, Steve Staios,
2013 FAs: Marty Reasoner, Josh Bailey, Mark Streit, Travis Hamonic, Evgeni Nabokov
What are they up to? Their forward core is mostly good to go for the next couple years, with lots of their star players signed to multi-year contracts. It’s the defense where they need to re-sign players, especially with 3 of their regular guys (Eaton, Staios and Jurcina) all becoming UFAs this year. They will also need to take a good look at their goaltending, since the only one they have signed past next year is the injury-prone Rick DiPietro. Nabokov is around for another year, but suffered an injury at the end of the season, so there's no knowing what is happening on that front.
2012 RFAs: Mats Zuccarello, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Stralman
2012 UFAs: Ruslan Fedotenko, Brandon Prust, John Mitchell, Steve Eminger, Jeff Woywitka, Stu Bickel, John Scott, Martin Biron
2013 FAs: Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer
2014 FAs: Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Mike Rupp, Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist
What are they up to? This year’s priority is the defense with only 4 players signed so far for next season. Count it as almost guaranteed that Del Zotto stays in New York. They will also need to decide whether to re-sign or replace Biron as a backup goalie. However,
2012 RFAs: Jakub Voracek, Harry Zolnierczyk, Tom Sestito, Marc-Andre Bourdon
2012 UFAs: Jaromir Jagr, Blair Betts, Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle
2013 FAs: Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Jody Shelley, Eric Wellwood, Zac Rinaldo, Kimmo Timonen, Andreas Lilja, Sergei Bobrovsky
What are they up to? This team is already right up against the cap, with several members of their player core signed long-term. They would probably like to make some adjustments, but will be looking for the best deals they can get. Recent word has had Ian Laperriere announcing his retirement, and another 1-year contract in negotiations for Jagr.
2012 RFAs: Eric Tangradi, Matt Niskanen,
2012 UFAs: Steve Sullivan, Arron Asham, Steve MacIntyre, Richard Park, Brent Johnson
2013 FAs: Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Craig Adams, Dustin Jeffrey, Ben Lovejoy
2014 FAs: Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Joe Vitale, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Deryk Engelland, Tomas Vokoun
What are they up to? Let’s just say that
Well, we've come to the end of my 6-part series. As we can see, there are quite a few teams with work to do this summer. The draft starts on Friday June 22nd, and RFAs have to receive qualifying offers by Monday June 25th. On July 1st, the free agenzy frenzy begins. What will happen?