Here are the 10 best ‘under-the-radar’ or smartest signings of the UFA period so far…thanks oh wise Ryan.
1. Craig Anderson, COL… 2 yrs, $3.6
The Avs may have found themselves a solid #1 at a nice price.
2. Mike Knuble, WSH… 2 yrs, $5.6
Knuble should be the perfect complement to the Caps’ young stars.
3. John Madden, CHI… 1 yr, $2.75
Madden is going to be a very valuable asset to Chicago this year.
4. Travis Moen, MTL… 3 yrs, $4.5
He doesn’t get enough credit for being a good 3rd-liner, but the Habs are getting a steal.
5. Greg Zanon, MIN… 3 yrs, $5.8
Zanon is a shot-blocking machine, and will be Backstrom’s best friend in Minnesota.
6. Mark Recchi, BOS… 1 yr, $1.0
Recchi had a good home stretch with the B’s, and is a bargain for them.
7. Joel Ward, NSH… 2 yrs, $3.0
Nashville’s breakout player from last year re-signed at a really good price.
8. Jay McKee, PIT… 1 yr, $800k
McKee is a really good (and cheap) option to fill-in for Scuderi in the short-term.
9. Fredrik Sjostrom, CGY… 2 yrs, $1.5
Up against the cap, the Flames could be getting lightning in a bottle with Sjostrom.
10. Ville Leino, DET… 2 yrs, $1.6
Leino almost promises to be the next star in Detroit, and is a bargain at $800k a year.