NHL Morning Coffee Headlines (Free Agent Frenzy Edition) – July 5, 2013.

Reaction from Boston over the Tyler Seguin trade, NHL GMs testing free agency’s new rules, evaluation of this year’s crops of notable UFAs, an update on the status of Jarret Stoll, and the latest re-signings and buyouts.

Boston buzzing over Seguin-for-Eriksson swap.

Boston buzzing over Seguin-for-Eriksson swap.

BOSTON GLOBE/BOSTON HERALD/CSNNE.COM: Analysis of why the Boston Bruins gave up on promising forward Tyler Seguin by shipping him to Dallas yesterday in a multi-player deal which brought playmaking winger Loui Eriksson to Boston. Among the reasons: speculation Seguin’s immaturity and partying adversely affected his performance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted in my analysis of the trade, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t a stupid man and I’m sure his reasons are sound. There’s no question Seguin took a step back in his development this season, which may have been due to the lockout.

As for questions about his maturity and supposed off-ice antics, I  believe the best way for Seguin to address this is to do what Chicago’s Patrick Kane did in a similar situation: use your play to silence your critics.

 This trade will undoubtedly help the Bruins in the short-term, as Eriksson is an established – if under-rated – star, and if Joe Morrow develops as projected it could also have long-term benefits. Still, if Seguin rallies back into becoming the superstar he’s projected to become, the Bruins could regret this move down the road.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports NHL GMs are testing the new free agency rules, including those where teams are allowed a 48-hour window prior to the start of free agency to speak with potential UFA players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: GMs will poke and prod at the new rules, looking for loopholes to exploit.

TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports there are red flags for this year’s class of unrestricted free agents.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is one of the weakest (if not THE weakest) UFA market in years.  There’s no notable superstars, only second-tier talent and ageing stars past their “best-before” dates.

ESPN.COM: Neil Greenberg lists Boyd Gordon, Viktor Stalberg, Mark Fistric, Michal Rozsival and Benoit Pouliot as five potential bargain players in this year’s UFA market.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings center Jarret Stoll is ok after suffering a seizure at his home on Wednesday morning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glad to hear Stoll is ok. Hopefully there won’t be any further episodes like this.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have signed former Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season, but they won’t be offering veteran center Matt Cullen a new contract.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported yesterday the Anaheim Ducks are finalizing a new contract with Saku Koivu, likely a one-year deal which could be announced today.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The LA Kings have re-signed defenseman Keaton Ellerby to a one-year, $735K contract extension.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Flyers have signed Adam Hall to a one-year, $600K deal.

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche yesterday bought out the contract of defenseman Greg Zanon.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goalie Johan Hedberg on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying him out.

1 Comment

  1. Lyle,

    While I agree with you about the Bruins possibly regretting the decision, what do you see as an alternative to trading Seguin? Forget the off-ice stuff. He was destined to be a 3rd line center on the Bruins with a 5.75 Million cap hit. Do you move Krejci or Bergeron instead? Pretty hard given this years playoff, Krejci’s leading the playoffs in scoring and Bergeron’s heroics. So how do you deal with this dilema? Your thoughts?