NHL Headlines: All The Signings You Missed This Week
The biggest story of the week?
Marty Turco is now a Chicago Blackhawk and Antti Niemi is filing for unemployment.
However, a lot has been going on in the hockey world other than the Turco/Niemi fiasco.
So here's a recap of the past week's signings and departures you might have missed while you were constantly checking Twitter to see if the Flyers signed Niemi:
- Mere hours after the Anaheim Ducks avoided going to arbitration with James Wisniewski, the club traded the burly defenseman to the New York Islanders for a future third-round draft pick. The 26-year-old has yet to reach his potential in the NHL, but finding himself as a big fish in a little pond next year might bring out the serious numbers he's capable of posting. (Los Angeles Times)
- The New York Rangers acquired veteran center Todd White from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Donald Brashear and Peter Rassmiller. The blue shirts gain some depth at center, while Atlanta clears up almost $1 million in cap space by waiving Rassmiller and buying out Brashear's contract. (NY Post)
- Twitter aficionado and former 1st round pick Erik Johnson re-signed with the St. Louis Blues. According to the team, the talented young defenseman committed to a two-year deal worth $5.6 million. There's little doubt that Johnson will be worth much more than that by the time his contract expires. (St. Louis Dispatch)
- After getting hit by a truck and still showing up on time for a game in Philadelphia, then New York Islander Brendan Witt made a name for himself. Unfortunately, the Isles have decided to buy out the final year of Witt's contract and send him looking for work elsewhere--perhaps in the Iron Man industry. (NHL.com)
- For all of you experts out there, the Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of free agent defenseman Andy Sutton to a $4.25 million, two-year deal. At 6'6" and 245 lbs, Sutton brings some serious physicality with him to the West Coast club. I'm not asking you this, I'm telling you. (Orange County Register)
- The Brett Favre of the NHL, the great Peter Forsberg, is back on the ice. The incredibly skilled forward recently began practicing with his former Swedish team MoDo, informing the Swedish press that he "feels good and wants to play again." Coming to the NHL again? Probably not. (ProHockey Talk)
- Over the past two months, the Buffalo Sabres' blue-line has changed faces more times than Joan Rivers. While Buffalo lost Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman to free agency, they also picked up Jordan Leopold from the Pittsburgh Penguins and most recently Shaone Morrissonn from the Washington Capitals. The burly, hard-working defenseman is sure to fit in nicely with the Sabres. (ESPN.com)
- Glen Metropolit, veteran of seven NHL clubs--including the Philadelphia Flyers and most recently the Montreal Canadiens--signed a two-year deal with EV Zug of the Swedish Elite League. The 36-year-old center was always well-liked by teammates and fans for his personable demeanor and great work ethic. Best of luck to Metro in Europe. (TSN.ca)
- Speaking of dinosaurs, 40-year-old Mike Modano will announce on Thursday that he will be a Detroit Red Wing next season. Modano, a Michigan native, currently stands as the highest scoring American-born player in NHL history. After having spent twenty years in the same organization (MIN North Stars, Dallas Stars), it will be some sort of strange to see Modano sporting a Red Wings jersey next year. (Detroit Free Press)
- The #2 pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft, Tyler Seguin, finally came to terms with the Boston Bruins today. The 18-year-old centerman's contract is rumored to be for three years at $900,000 before bonuses. Despite the good news, the B's are already over the cap after signing Blake Wheeler to a one-year deal last week. Sure makes for an interesting rest of the summer in Beantown. (The Boston Globe)
- Finally, in news you probably couldn't care less about, the New York Islanders re-signed unrestricted free agent Jon Sim to a one-year deal. Unlike his last deal with the Isles, Sim agreed to a two-way contract that could send him to the team's AHL affiliate without a word from the veteran. (NHL.com)
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