While everyone is waiting on whether Zach Parise or Martin Brodeur are re-signing, New Jersey took care of a few unrestricted free agents, signing 5 players for next season: the entire CBGB playoff line of Ryan Carter (2 years), Steve Bernier (2 years), and Albany’s captain Stephen Gionta (2 years, first year 1 way second year 2 way), Cam Janssen (1 year, 2 way), and Peter Harrold (unknown terms).Four out of the five all contributed to the Devils Stanley Cup run…and why Janssen was re-signed, I have no idea.
In other news, for those that missed it yesterday the AHL wrapped up their annual Board of Governors meeting in South Carolina with a few minor tweaks: -The Western Conference was sort of realigned for next season: Abbotsford moves from the West to the North Division, Grand Rapids switches from the North to the Midwest Division, and Charlotte gets bumped to the new South Division, which includes Oklahoma City and the three Texas teams (Houston, San Antonio, Texas).While everyone else is obsessing over whether Zach Parise gets resigned (it’s a must, can’t let the captain go! -Speaking of…the Devils announced that restricted free agents Vladimir Zharkov and Matt Corrente both received qualifying offers.Not sure what’s in the cards for these two, with Corrente having another injury shortened season and all the Free Zharkov cries I heard coming from my Jersey followers.The other two restricted free agents, Kory Nagy and Timo Pielmeier, were not tendered qualifying offers.Pielmeier has already signed with a team in Germany, not to mention the virtual logjam of goalies already in the organization (still including Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg, both free agents).Since the River Rats relocated to North Carolina, the Checkers have switched divisions three times: East, then Midwest, and now South. Finally, finally, goals are subject to video review starting next season.
-A few rules changes involving handling the puck (it is now a penalty if a player closes their hand on the puck as an opponent tries to play it), faceoffs (both players cannot bat the puck with their hand or face a delay of game penalty), and an experimental run with hybrid icing till mid November. If only there was a war room like the NHL does in Toronto…
Unless there’s any more signings tomorrow, next time you hear from me blog wise will be the free agent tracker Sunday afternoon.
Just a couple quick items this afternoon: -Incase you missed it earlier today, myself and a few others in the Twitterverse linked an article out of Wilkes-Barre and The Citizens Voice with a pretty big list of potential minor league free agents.
Nagy didn’t really get much playing time while I saw him here, so I’m also not surprised at his status.
The annual NHL Draft has come to pass, this year from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Round 1 took place Friday night in primetime, and rounds 2-7 took place on Saturday.