June 30 2015 01:00PM
It's an indication of the strength of this particular UFA crop that Justin Williams comes in number 1 on our list. That's not to take anything away from the 33 year old, who has been a high-end winger for years. But his age and the fact that he's only scored in the 40-point range the last two seasons goes to show there isn't a lot of franchise changing players available to sign this summer.
Despite those concerns, Williams remains a very useful player, in part because his value doesn't merely come from his offense. As one of the few wingers who has proven he can push possession over the years, Williams is a guy who can play up and down the line-up and provide quality minutes to whoever inks him.
June 29 2015 12:26PM
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The Los Angeles Kings are buying out Mike Richards, which means he's now available to anyone as an unrestricted free agent.
Almost exactly a year ago, when there was discussion on the Kings using their compliance buyout on Richards, there were many discussing whether or not the Winnipeg Jets should sign Richards if he shook loose . He is from Kenora, On. after all and has both friends and family in Winnipeg. At the right price, Richards may be a plausible addition.
I responded with a resounding no, when there were others saying Richards would likely cost about 4 million in AAV.
Has anything changed? Read on past the jump.
June 29 2015 08:00AM
The summer has quietly arrived. The weather is nice, people are looking for things to do, and unfortunately, watching hockey isn't one of their options. We've got lots of offseason stuff to talk about, but no games to watch. Of course, that's a first world problem; there are much more unfortunate things out there - such as the thousands of Canadian families who aren't able to afford to eat, especially in the months after holiday donations dry up.
Enter Five Hole For Food; an organization that aims to solve the latter via a solution for the former.
June 29 2015 06:00AM
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The free-agent pool for 2015 lacks a complete defenseman but does offer a substantial offensive player in Mike Green. The Washington Capitals blue liner has majestic career stats that tower over most of the free agents available and he is one of the 10 best offensive producers from the 2004 entry draft. He turns 30 in October, is close to 600 NHL games in his career, and posted 45 points in 2014-15 for the Caps. What is Mike Green's actual value, and how far is that number from what he'll get? The mind boggles.
June 27 2015 03:26PM
It is all over, unfortunately.
The day has come to an end and every team has taken their last pick for players they want to add into their organization.
The Winnipeg Jets were thought to be possible movers-and-shakers, but instead they just sat to the side quietly, while making really, really smart picks.
Let's take a look.