Free Agent Frenzy Thread!!!!

Free agent frenzy starts at noon!!!! The Habs made a big push for Looch but now it looks like he’s going to the Oilers. Radulov was going to stay in the KHL but then he was going to the Wings but now he’s going to the Habs. Tyson Barrie may or may not be going to Edmonton and then Wiericoch might go to Colorado. Jason Demers was going to go to Edmonton but now Edmonton is waiting to see what’s up with Barrie first. The LouiTracker 5000 strongly indicates he’s going to the Canucks. Detroit is in on Matt Lorito. I have no idea who that is.

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phonymahoney
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So, the more I think about it, this could be interesting:

Beleskey – Krejci – Backes
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Kelly – Spooner – Hayes
Vatrano – Acciari – ??? (Nash/Randell/whatevs)

…That’s a decent crew for forwards.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

pshhh…way to just ignore my lineup post .. :p

phonymahoney
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I edited and now that’s spaced all dumb. WHY?

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Looks normal to me. Try refreshing your window.

phonymahoney
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Well, a good sign is that Sweeney called Backes a C/RW?

The BOB
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The BOB

Only way it makes sense besides trade. You can’t have 6m on your third line.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

KHUDOBIN IS A BRUIN AGAIN!

IntentionallyWidenberg
Admin

Tyler Randell signing slipped under my radar. I like him as 12th/13th forward.

phonymahoney
Editor

I like him as well.

The BOB
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The BOB

Bruins announce some more signings: D Tommy Cross, G Anton Khudobin, D Liles, F Riley Nash, F Tyler Randell & F Tim Schaller.— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) July 1, 2016

phonymahoney
Editor

Who the hell is Tim Schaller?

Miss Muse
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He’s from Merrimack, NH? ::CarlShrug::

phonymahoney
Editor

So he’s your people. I see. wink

The BOB
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The BOB

Played a handful of games for Buffalo last two seasons. Something like 2-4-6 in 35 games. Nothing special at AHL either. Pure depth.

phonymahoney
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Gotcha.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

It’s good that they re-signed Krug & Liles (& Cross, I guess – don’t follow what goes on in PVD very closely), but I still want to see them do more to shore up the D.

The BOB
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The BOB

Agreed. Though the confusion over Liles/Backes term nearly killed me. I was ecstatic when it was reported they got Backes on a one year deal. Then it all fell apart…

phonymahoney
Editor

Really odd. Why not just re-up Loui if you’re gonna do Backes?

The BOB
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The BOB

Sweeney kills me. Makes good moves like not giving Loui term and getting a depth guy like Liles and Nash for cheap. Then he blows it on Backes. Talk about feast or famine.

Satan 81's Sister
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Methinks this is going to be the Sweeney era in a nutshell. Some good and some “what the fuck are you thinking?”

phonymahoney
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It’s so weird, that’s why I keep thinking there’s something on the horizon.

Backes is not a bad player AT ALL and he is a player I’d like on my team, but at that money and term? Is this just to say we did something?

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

With Sweeney, you get both – feast AND famine – at the same time.

The BOB
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The BOB

Agreed. Drastically different styles, I get that. But if anything, Loui’s game ages better. A smarter style that can survive more than the rugged approach. Maybe it was all the NTC/NMC stuff? Though supposedly Boston wouldn’t go longer than 4 so who knows…

phonymahoney
Editor

Exactly. I don’t get it. I also think if you have Begeron, the league’s star two way center (better than Toews and Kopitar, fact), and Krejci, who is a wonderfully gifted playmaker with a good defensive game, what the hell do you need Backes for? That’s why I think there’s a deal for a defenseman out there that’s contingent on us sending Krejci or Spooner (more likely the former) the other way. Sigh.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Unless he’s ok with moving…
That said, I have no idea where he’d be ok with moving to.

phonymahoney
Editor

You never know, people do waive them. Also, there’s Spooner. I just feel like this is too weird a move, you know?

phonymahoney
Editor

FOR THE RECORD, I want Krejci here forever.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Some combination of any or all of: Jason Demers, Kevin Shattenkirk & Tyson Barrie?

phonymahoney
Editor

I’m talking about a trade for a player, not a signing. Don’t get me wrong, I want DK here.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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You’d have to think that the Blues would want a playmaker like Krejci to kickstart their offense. Especially considering they didn’t sign Backes.

Shattenkirk is still out there (as is Bouwmeester – but he also has NTC)

phonymahoney
Editor

Especially given that Backes supposedly thinks he’s playing center.

phonymahoney
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MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Maybe they’ll move Spoons to wing? They’ve done it before.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

More likely to see Backes at RW

phonymahoney
Editor

Not too successfully but yeah, there’s that. His lack of success at wing is what has me confused about everything.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Maybe it had something to do with that $28M signing bonus (out of a $36M total package) that Muse was reporting earlier? Sounds like Loui wanted to get paid up front.

The BOB
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The BOB

The signing bonuses are still paid out annually. He doesn’t get all 28 this year, just gets ~4m at the start of each year

phonymahoney
Editor

Maybe, and though I absolutely love Loui and what he brings to the table, I don’t do that with a player who a) has a concussion history and b) could just as easily go play in his home country.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Then again, Looch got a similarly signing-bonus-loaded deal, so it could just be Chia bribing people to get them to agree to freeze their asses off in Alberta.

Miss Muse
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Hell of a shot percentage, too! wink

I liked what I saw of him last year as well.

The BOB
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The BOB

Like the Nash, Krug, Khudobin and Liles signings. Concerned about the Backes one, especially with him talking about playing 3C. For that money you’d better be playing RW with DK or PB. Either way, contract will be an anchor by year 3 (I foresee a Mike Richards redux).

Disappointed by the loss of Connolly and Trotman as well as not getting Weircoch. All were super cheap so seem worthwhile, especially Weircoch. I get the disappointment with Connolly but still have to think he is worth the QO of 1.07M.

phonymahoney
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Also disappointed in no Wiercioch, and I feel like Connolly could have been re-signed and flipped for SOMETHING.

The BOB
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The BOB

Doubly disappointing given how cheap he was. Honestly, I don’t get why he signed at all for that kind of term. That kind of deal will always be available… wait a few days to see if someone gets desperate after missing out on someone else and offers more. Just strange to settle so early.

Sounds like there was really no interest in Connolly… have to think/hope Sweeney tried to swap his rights before non-tendering him.

phonymahoney
Editor

Maybe he didn’t want to be here. Who the hell knows?

The BOB
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The BOB

You taking Connolly or Weircoch?

phonymahoney
Editor

I missed Nash completely.

The BOB
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The BOB

Riley Nash signed for 2 years, 900K per. Quite pleased with this one. Averaged ~9-15-24 the last three seasons on a bad Carolina team. Positive Corsi too.

Miss Muse
Editor

This is so…underwhelming it’s cracking me up.

loui eriksson like, maybe we can get lucky and be okay? that could happen possibly? pic.twitter.com/QuswXXtzPv— kesler liker (@dightkwing) July 1, 2016

Miss Muse
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Ha ha ha ha!

David Backes on his age: "I'm 32, not 52… I have plenty of legs, physicality, and energy left in me."— Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) July 1, 2016

Thetallest81
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