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NHL Free Agents: 11 Players on New Teams Guaranteed to Shine in 2012-13

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor ISeptember 28, 2012

NHL Free Agents: 11 Players on New Teams Guaranteed to Shine in 2012-13

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    During the summer months of July and August, NHL teams signed free agents to a multitude of different contracts, but what players are guaranteed to shine in 2012-13?

    Zach Parise and Ryan Suter headlined the crop of free agents signed, but will they be able to live up to their massive contracts?

    Let's take a look at 11 players on new teams that are guaranteed to shine in 2012-13.

George Parros

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    If the Florida Panthers had George Parros during the first round of the playoffs, there is a good chance that Florida could have beaten the New Jersey Devils.

    Florida's lack of grit and toughness put them at a disadvantage against New Jersey.

    The addition of Parros will really help the team because he is one of the league's top enforcers, and he never shows hesitancy when it comes to dropping the gloves.

    He is a great teammate and he will add some toughness to the Panthers that will really come in handy against tougher opponents like New Jersey.

Matt Carle

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Matt Carle to a six-year contract this offseason, and it was a move that should benefit the team immediately.

    Carle is in his second stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning, as he underwent a 12-game stint with the team during the 2008-09 season.

    Carle scored four goals and assisted on 34 others for 38 points this past season while adding six points in 11 playoff games.

    Carle will add some offense for Tampa, and he is good for at least 35 to 40 points of offense.

    Carle also averaged 23:01 of ice time throughout the season and is a defenseman who can play in all situations. 

    This move will really help Tampa Bay in their pursuit for the Southeast Division title.

Jonas Gustavsson

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    The Red Wings signed a capable backup for Jimmy Howard when they inked Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year deal. His cap hit of $1.5 million is solid, and he could provide some relief for Howard when needed.

    Gustavsson, who was a part of the Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltending tandem, held a ton of responsibility because he wasn't always supported up front by his offense. 

    Gustavsson will give the Wings a better chance to win than departing backup Ty Conklin did, so this move is a huge plus for Detroit.

Jason Garrison

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    Jason Garrison's booming shot will help him fit in well with the NHL's best power-play unit and will enable him to rack up some points for the Vancouver Canucks.

    Garrison signed a big contract that received mixed reviews because of his lack of consistency in previous years.

    However, the free agent-signing helps fill the void left by Sami Salo, and Garrison is a decent defender.

    When you take into account that Garrison will be feeding players like Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and playing alongside Alex Edler on the power play, there is a good chance he racks up 40-50 points with ease, so this was a signing that is guaranteed to pay off in 2012-13.

Bryan Allen

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    The Anaheim Ducks made a solid move in signing Bryan Allen, and it is a move that should really pay off.

    Allen is a defensive defenseman who is a solid, physical shutdown defender. His presence should really bolster the Ducks' blue line and make them a tougher team to play against this season.

Jiri Hudler

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    When Jiri Hudler signed a contract that will pay him $4 million a year, it appeared to be another bad contract for the Calgary Flames, but it could prove to be a bargain in 2012-13.

    Jiri Hudler averaged 15:40 minutes a game last season with the Detroit Red Wings, and he scored 25 goals and assisted on 25 others for a grand total of 50 points.

    He joins a Calgary Flames team where he will see first- or second-line action and is likely to average two to three minutes more a game, so this will give him more chances to score.

    When you factor in that he will likely be paired with Roman Cervenka and Sven Bartschi, Hudler is guaranteed to have a great 2012-13 season.

Ray Whitney

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    Ray Whitney is one of the NHL's top over-40 players, and there is no sign of him slowing down anytime soon.

    In each of his last five seasons, Whitney has scored over 55 points with a high of 83 in 2006-07 and a campaign of 77 points in both 2008-09 and 2011-12.

    Whitney is able to put up points because he is a power-play specialist, a great passer and a consistent all-around player.

    In Dallas, Whitney will have a great supporting cast and he will continue to live up to his namesake as "The Wizard."

Steve Sullivan

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    Steve Sullivan was a solid secondary scorer who flew under the radar during the free-agency period, and he has a great chance to shine in 2012-13.

    During the 2011-12 campaign, the aging veteran scored 18 goals and he assisted on 31 others for 48 points.

    That production came in a secondary role with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but in Phoenix he will likely start on the second line to fill in for the departed Ray Whitney.

    Sullivan is a veteran who is a smart hockey player, and his experience will allow him to thrive with the Coyotes.

Scott Hannan

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    After losing veteran defender Ryan Suter, the Predators needed to shore up their blue line, and that is what they accomplished by inking Scott Hannan.

    Hannan is an experienced defender, and his addition will allow Barry Trotz to ease Jon Blum and Ryan Ellis into bigger roles this season.

    If Blum and Ellis want to learn how to become sound defensively, Hannan is perfect example to follow.

    Hannan will give the Predators' defense some significant depth and will be a defender who can eat up a ton of minutes night in and night out.

P.A. Parenteau

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    P.A. Parenteau was one of the better offensive options on the market this summer, and he filled a need for the Colorado Avalanche.

    Parenteau will join a core of young players that includes Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog, so he will make an impact right away.

    He is a forward that is a solid scorer and an above-average playmaker, so when you add him to a lineup of like-minded players, this move is bound to pay off for the Avs.

    Another aspect to consider is that Parenteau's salary helps Colorado get to the cap floor, so it wasn't a move that hurt them financially.

Ryan Suter

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    Both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise signed massive deals with the Minnesota Wild this summer, but Suter will have the biggest impact in 2012-13.

    Suter is a top-notch shutdown defender who will instantly make the Wild's defense stronger and more efficient.

    Although Parise is a top-notch scorer, the Wild already have offensive weapons like Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu, Devin Setoguchi and rookie Mikael Granlund on the roster.

    Suter is a defender who will be a solid building block for the Wild, and you can expect this signing to pay off in a big way for Minnesota.

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