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Top Line: Free-agent frenzy revisited; Alfredsson fallout in Ottawa; more links

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Daniel Alfredsson

Friday’s moves mean Daniel Alfredsson will not retire an Ottawa Senator (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Forget all that other stuff. Here’s the big news of the day: Jay Baruchel is ready to talk about “Goon 2.” Two words for you, kid: More Belchior.

A shrinking salary cap didn’t stop NHL general managers from making it rain like Drake on free agency Friday.

• Tony Gallagher has some early thoughts on how Friday’s early moves impacted the power structure in the Western Conference.

Everything is happening in the Bob Cole Division. Someone out there really needs to make that line into a ringtone.

• Terry Koshan quick hits a busy first day of free agency.

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  • Published On Jul 06, 2013
  • Matching key NHL free agents with their ideal teams

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    Free agent Nathan Horton would be a good fit on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Ex-Bruins center Nathan Horton would give the Maple Leafs some valuable Cup final experience. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe it’s all those FarmersOnly.com ads that ran in a loop on NHL Network during the playoffs. Whatever the case, I can’t help but think that there are some free agents and teams that would be perfect matches for one another … even if they just don’t know it yet.

    I can’t bring them together, but I can point them in the right direction. And I can do it without the help of a talking dog.

    With the July 5 free agent frenzy fast approaching, here’s a look at the game’s top free agents and their perfect landing spots.

    Nathan Horton — Maple Leafs

    Yeah, there’s a big sentimental push to bring home David Clarkson, but Horton is younger (by a year), more experienced and has a better resumé highlighted by significant contributions to a Bruins team that twice reached the Cup final in a three-year span. He’ll likely be more expensive, and he doesn’t bring the same physical element as Clarkson, but he’s also a safer bet. Plus, think of how much fun it would be to stick it to Boston!

    UPDATE: Sorry, Toronto. Sounds like Horton’s just not that into you. He’s looking for something a little more low-key, where the media will be less demanding than what he faced in Boston. With that in mind, how about the Dallas Stars? They’re on the rebound after being dumped by Vincent Lecavalier, they’ve got the cap space, and they’re looking to make a splash in free agency to rebuild their credibility in the market.

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  • Published On Jul 03, 2013
  • More bad news for Panthers: Trade bait Kris Versteeg out for season

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    By Allan Muir

    In theory, things could get worse for Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon. Jonathan Huberdeau could decide that the shootout’s not really his thing anymore. Alexei Kovalev could have signed a five-year deal. Those freaking quarter-sized mosquitoes could set up shop around the ticket windows at the BB&T Center.

    The way things are going for Tallon this season, it’s just a matter of time before the next little black cloud appears over the head of hockey’s answer to Bad Luck Schleprock.

    Tallon took another kick in the pants today when he learned that speedy forward Kris Versteeg would need season-ending knee surgery following an awkward collision with Tampa Bay defender Radko Gudas on March 12. Versteeg, who had just returned after missing 13 games with a chest injury, was expected to be shipped off at the trade deadline in exchange for some much-needed futures.

    Unlike unrestricted free agents Stephen Weiss and Jose Theodore, Versteeg is under contract for three more seasons, so he won’t walk for nothing this summer. But this was considered the window that would allow the Panthers to maximize the return on the veteran winger, and with Florida’s other key chips off the table, Versteeg was Tallon’s last chance to make a splash before the deadline.

    It’s another tough break for a team that’s had more than its share this season.


  • Published On Mar 14, 2013
  • Panthers lose trade bait Stephen Weiss

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    Stephen Weiss is out for the season with a wrist injiury.

    Panthers center Stephen Weiss’s value has mostly been in his potential. (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Dale Tallon may find a way to reshape his team ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline. But if Florida’s GM is hoping to make a significant long-term upgrade, he’ll have to do it without his most marketable asset.

    The Panthers announced this morning that Stephen Weiss, the team’s No.1 center and one of the most highly coveted players thought to be on the market, is scheduled for wrist surgery and will be lost for the season.

    The news comes a day after the Panthers learned starting goalie Jose Theodore is likely out for the rest of the regular schedule. Like Weiss, Theodore is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and was expected to be shopped ahead of the deadline.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2013
  • NHL Trade Rumor Roundup: Alfredsson, Bouwmeester, Weiss, more

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    Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson could be traded to the Boston Bruins.

    Captain Daniel Alfredsson would have to abandon the Senators’ sinking ship, but the Bruins are an attractive option. (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With a third of the season in the books, NHL clubs have a fair idea of where they’re at and what they might be willing to buy, or sell, in the trade market. Here’s a quick look at some of the weightier rumors that are making the rounds.

    Rumor: Pierre LeBrun believes the Boston Bruins will make a play for Daniel Alfredsson.

    The read: LeBrun is 100 percent right that this will be Alfredsson’s call. The chance to play for the Stanley Cup might sound appealing from the outside, but unless the wheels completely fall off in Ottawa, I think loyalty to the Senators organization will carry the day. Still, if Alfie does decide to go that route, familiar faces (GM Peter Chiarelli, Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly), easy travel and a solid shot at the Cup might make for a soft landing in Boston. The Penguins, desperate for help on the wing, and Flyers would be in the mix as well, but the B’s have more forward talent in the cupboard to seal a deal.

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  • Published On Feb 21, 2013


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