NHL Free agency began with a bang on July 1st. There were signing about signing that day and still more probably to come. This week’s addition of the Sunday morning power ranking looks back at teams’ additions and subtractions via NHL free agency. Major trades will be included and effect the rankings.
Now onto the rankings:
30. Florida Panthers:
Dale Talon gave out two of the WORST contracts this offseason. Talon paid Dave Bolland a third line center 5.5 million per year for the next five years. He also gave bad contracts to Mitchell and Thornton. They also lost Tom Gilbert which was a huge loss. Talon spent a ton of money and didn’t get better.
29. San Jose Sharks:
Significant Additions: John Scott:
The Sharks are in rebuilding mode. So what do they do in free agency? They sign John Scott. John Scott is not a hockey player, he is a bum on skates. With the Sharks trying to trade Joe Thornton, what will become of the franchise?
28. Toronto Maple Leafs:
Significant Additions: Stephanie Robidas, Matt Frattin.
Robidas is 37 years old coming two legs injuries in the same year. The Leafs also paid Leo Komarov 12 million bucks for nine career points. I would love to have his agent. This is not the type of offseason the Leafs faithful wanted. People have not forgotten their epic collapse to end the year.
27. Ottawa Senators:
The Senators moved their unhappy star in Spezza to Dallas and got Alex Chiasson back in the deal. The Senators then went out and signed David Legwand. Legwand is still a good player but he does not make up for the loss of Spezza. Hemsky only appeared in 20 games for the Senators but still is a big loss.
26. Washington Capitals:
The Capitals had issues with their defense and goal tending last season. They overpaid for Niskanen and Orpik. People can justify Niskanen money because he is a young defenseman with upside. Orpik is a bad signing for all that money. Every NHL critic views the Orpik deal as the worst deal this offseason. Hockey news forecasts Orpik as a veteran physical defenseman. Orpik is getting 5.5 million for the next five years at age 34.