It’s Canada Day, and the NHL’s unrestricted free agency market opens at noon ET today. Here’s a look at the notable headlines this morning.
NOTE: Be sure to check the “News” section regularly today, and throughout the UFA period, for details and analysis of all the notable free agent signings.
USATODAY.COM: Kevin Allen with the ten key story lines heading into the UFA period, including the effect Martin Brodeur could have upon the goalie market, which teams could pursue Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and Bobby Ryan’s potential availability via trade.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the New Jersey Devils must find a way to retain long-time goaltender Martin Brodeur, who will test the UFA market for the first time in his 19 year NHL career.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller could play a significant role in his club’s pursuit of free agent talent.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector considers the Oilers successfully wooing promising prospect Justin Schultz a possible franchise-changing moment for a club which has been snubbed for years by notable free agents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: First, I’m not Mark Spector, nor are we related. Spector’s just a nickname. Second, and more importantly, if Schultz helps turn a promising Oilers team into a Cup contender in a few years, the Oilers will become a more popular destination for free agents. Sure, a lot of free agents prefer playing in bigger markets like New York or Detroit, or sunnier, quieter climes, but winning can also make a franchise desirable to those free agent stars seeking a championship.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have re-signed Jared Boll to a two-year, $2.1 million contract.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Keith Aulie to a one-year, two-way contract.