Some quick hits from the first two days of free agency:
-The Brad Richards saga is finally over, as he chose to sign with the New York Rangers for 9 years (and $60 million). According to reports, he turned down more money from other teams (Calgary, Los Angeles and Toronto). The Rangers have themselves a big money center to play with Marian Gaborik now. They also added tough guy Mike Rupp from the rival Penguins.
-Speaking of the Maple Leafs, they added Tim Connolly for two years. Connolly has averaged .83 points per game since the lockout, but has only played in 302 games in that time. When healthy, he can form a nice duo with Phil Kessel, but how many games he plays is the question.
-Not going to go into much about the Flyers, who were very active on Day 1, as this post sums it up pretty well.
-The Panthers were also very active, adding over $31 million in salary for 2011-12 in the since the draft. This includes over $21 million to 6 players in free agency the last two days. They aren’t done yet, as the team is still $1 million under the salary cap floor. (more…)