The winners of the 2012 NHL Free Agency:
Minnesota Wild: Not only did they secure Ryan Suter to relieve some offense at the point, but they also signed the hottest commodity on the market, Zach Parise. Parise is elite offensive talent and he will provide big numbers in Minnesota. Not only that, but he will be playing with top prospect Mikael Granlund and possibly Dany Heatley. How scary is that?
Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes were busy this off-season. They acquired Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins the 8th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Brandon Sutter and Brian Domoulin. Staal, who was always shadowed in the talent of Crosby, and Malkin, can now finally prove his worth and talent with his brother Eric Staal. They’ve also signed an elite goal scorer Alex Semin in a deal worth seven million dollars for one year. He has the speed and an elite wrist shot, but can be lazy. Otherwise Carolina hit a homerun.
New Jersey Devils: Hear me out here. They aren’t exactly jackpot winners, but they did save their franchise from a possible re-build. Martin Brodeur waited about two hours before deciding to re-sign with the Devils. Who knows what they would of had to trade or bring up from the farm to replace Marty. And let’s be real, can you really replace his talent right away?
New York Rangers: The Rangers have acquired one of the best goal scorers in the league, Rick Nash by trading a first round pick of the 2013 entry draft, Brandon Dubinsky, defensive prospect Tim Erixon and Artem Anisimov for Rick Nash, a conditional third round pick and minor league defenseman Steve Delisle. Rich Nash is usually a lock for 30 goals and 30 assists with decent teammates. What will he provide in New York? If he can overcome the pressure and media, he will score 40.
Dallas Stars: The Dallas Stars may have lost Mike Ribeiro, but they gained two more pieces in the process. They traded Steve Ott for centermen Derek Roy of Buffalo. Roy dropped off last season, but he was coming off an injury. Otherwise, he will pot you 25 goals and help out on the score sheet. Bad thing is that he is out until November with a shoulder injury(Which Buffalo said he was not sent damaged). Aside from that, they also got Jaromir Jagr to sign. Last year he was questionable at what he is capable of, but showed he still has some left in the tank. He will be a hit in Dallas and he will provide some insight to upcoming player Jamie Benn, too.
Washington Capitals: With Ribeiro now in Washington, that gives the Capitals options to move other centermen who can play wing, to wing. Not only is Ribeiro a great play maker, but he is underrated. With the loss of Semin, maybe he will get some time on the top line for some more offensive help with Ovechkin. Then again, he does have Backstrom in his way.