It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Free Agency commenced and big signings are already filling the news feeds of sports networks everywhere.
Here’s a recap of all the top free agents that signed today and how they will impact their new teams.
Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, Red Wings
The heart and soul of the Sens, leaving for Detroit? I can bet someone is already writing conspiracy posts that the Red Wings are on a mission to obtain all Swedish forwards. Like seriously, the Wings literally look like Tre Kronor, just missing the Sedins. Alfredsson’s arrival will give Detroit two threatening lines again, putting them back into their 2008 form. As for more depth, the Wings also locked up Stephen Weiss for five years.
David Clarkson, Leafs
The Leafs were among the headlines today, as they signed David Clarkson and renewed Tyler Bozak’s contract today. Clarkson jumped to an impressive start with the Devils last year before cooling off. There’s no suggesting why he cannot deliver a full, consistent season with a fresh start.
Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder, Devils
The Devils made some worthy roster additions today, signing Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder to five-year and two-year contracts respectively. Clowe will fill up the spot David Clarkson left immediately with his offensive upside and grinder ability. As for Ryder, he can go on prolific scoring runs and will only help the Devils’ attack that finished 28th in the league last season.
Nathan Horton, Jackets
The Blue Jackets are looking more and more like legitimate contenders with every move they make. Today, the Blue Jackets made a splash by agreeing to a massive 7-year deal with Nathan Horton. His arrival will solidify the Jackets’ top 6 forwards, and with Gaborik presumably still taking up the right on the first line, Columbus looks to be well armed on the wings. However Horton will be sidelined until December recovering from surgery.
Jarome Iginla, Bruins
Looks like Iginla is a keen follower of Hossa’s philosophy after the Bruins beat his Pens the playoffs before. If you can’t beat’em, join them! The veteran has signed a one-year contract worth $6 million, and with Nathan Horton gone, he’s the perfect replacement. His numbers should also go up again as he has David Krejci feeding him now.
Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan, Senators
The Sens added to some depth to their young lineup by signing Clarke MacArthur, a former 62-point man who should deliver instant impact, as the Sens ranked 27th in offence last year. The Sens also added more firepower to their first line by trading three prospects (including Jakob Silfverberg) to the Ducks for Bobby Ryan and his 30 goals.
Mike Ribeiro, Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes brass got themselves some much-needed offence when they signed Mike Riberio to a four-year deal. As he arrives in Glendale, he’ll centre the first line right away and his playmaking skills should help spark up the production of young forwards such as Boedker and Korpikoski.