|Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM|
Dan Boyle (New York Rangers)
Dan Boyle played in San Jose and enjoyed massive regular season sucess for a team that always falters in the playoffs. His rights were traded to the Islanders but he refused to sign because he wanted a legit chance to win the Stanley Cup.
The Rangers made sense for him because not only are they Eastern Conference Champions, but it meant he could join his teammate Martin St. Louis. He won a Cup with the forward when they were teammates in Tampa Bay's 2004 Championship.
The NYR inked the defenseman to a 2 year deal worth 9 million (cap hit of 4.5 million).
Paul Stastny (St. Louis Blues)
The Blues have won the Paul Stastny sweepstakes. The most sought after free agent on the market has signed a 4 year deal worth 28 million (cap hit of 7 million) with the club. The deal gives the forward just a 400,000 raise from his previous annual salary of 6.6 million. This actually comes to me as a surprise.
The price seems just right for a player of his caliber. Great signing by St. Louis. Paul Stastny realized that his role was diminishing in Colorado due to the young new talent taking the next step in their developement. Will he be able to produce consistently enough to have an impact for St. Louis to take the next step in their developement?
This upcoming season will be the first he spends playing for an NHL team other than Colorado. He will also have to adjust his game to the defense first Blues from the fast-paced Avalanche he spent eight seasons with.
For almost the last decade, the St. Louis Blues have always been a very underrated franchise with not a lot of big name players (until TJ Oshie started gaining recognition for his epic shootout performance in the Winter Olympics). By adding Stastny to the lineup, not only has the club gained a tremendous amount of talent, but for the first time in a while, they even look really good on paper.
Ryan Miller (Vancouver Canucks)
A few short years ago Ryan Miller was a top-five goaltender in the National Hockey League. You can see that on his resume: the goaltender is 31st all-time in wins. Is Vancouver the destination he gets back to that level or was the city simply a move to get closer to his wife who is an LA actress, a two hour flight from Vancouver.
For 3 years and 18 million (cap hit of 6 million), it's Miller Time in Vancouver.
Thomas Vanek (Minnesota Wild)
The Minnesota Wild have been the target for large free agent signings over the last few years. They made a big splash in 2012 signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter both in the same day. Now add Vanek to the list of wild signings. Vanek will get 3 years and 19.5 million (cap hit of 6.5 million).
Minnesota has instantly become a Western Conference powerhouse. Look for them to make noise this upcoming NHL campaign.
There were also many other major signings including Matt Moulson (BUF), Jonas Hiller (CGY), Matt Niskanen (WSH) and many others. See the full list of signings on TSN.ca.