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Flames add Jiri Hudler: Feaster not done

The Flames added some offensive punch by signing Jiri Hudler to a 4 year deal worth $16 million.

Just three days earlier Feaster signed Dennis Wideman to a big contract.

It doesn't look like Feaster is done yet either.

Senators very active on free agent day

Ottawa Senators fans will miss Nick Foligno. He is a heart and soul player who gave everything he had for the club. He has a great personality in the locker room, and could be called upon in all situations.

But, Senators fan will love Mark Methot. Methot is the type of shut-down, hard-nosed defenseman Ottawa has been missing since the A-Train (Anton Volchenkov) left to free agency. He blocks shots, starts against top competition, and frequently penalty kills and has defensive-zone starts.

Guillaume Latendresse is a true buy-low free agent. Latendresse has been dynamic at times, frustrating at others, and just purely not playing most of the time. Murray took a gamble by signing...

Senators will make splash

The biggest sports team in Canada's capital city will be looking to make a huge splash on Canada Day.

The Ottawa Senators will definitely be looking for help on defense. None of their defensive prospects look ready to make the jump to the NHL, so Senators general manager Bryan Murray will be looking to add help through free agency.

The team has not re-signed UFAs Matt Carkner, Matt Gilroy and Filip Kuba. It is likely the team will bring back Carkner, but not the others. It is curious that Kuba was not brought back considering how well he played alongside Norris-winner Erik Karlsson.

Murray likely has plans for a UFA he would like Karlsson to skate with, or he might b...

Habs Welcome Cole, Budaj; What's Next?

When Pierre Gauthier signed Erik Cole to a four year, $18 million contract on last Friday's free agent frenzy, I'm sure that both parties knew they wouldn't be introducing a stranger to the Montreal crowd.

In his ten-year NHL career, Cole has been known as lots of things, but in Montreal, he is simply known as a "Habs-killer".

The Oswego, New York native has played nine seasons in the NHL, mostly in Carolina, with a brief stint in Edmonton in 2008-09. In all those years, he's totaled 620 career NHL games, with 184 goals and 206 assists for a total of 390 points, with a +3 rating and 557 penalty minutes. His playoff totals include 6 goals and 8 assists...

GM's Job Done, Players and Coaches Must Produce

By Scott Lowe

Someone, not sure who, wrote in this space yesterday that the Washington Capitals would most likely sit back and let the Free Agent Frenzy play out, waiting for the day’s losers to approach them with ridiculous trade offers they couldn’t refuse. Okay, maybe that scenario didn’t quite pan out.

Instead, while the Caps’ venture into the free agent wilderness could not be considered as much of a frenzied approach as some teams (ahem, Buffalo and Florida), Washington turned out to be one of the more active teams. And by all accounts, General Manager George McPhee did a great job filling holes and continuing to mold his club into a tougher and m...

TCL's Free Agent Frenzy Liveblog!

 

What does the NHL have in store for us this Canada Day? Hopefully, a slew of free agent signings, maybe a couple of trades, and plenty of rumors and excitement!

George Prax and the rest of the TCL staff will be with you ever step of the way, covering this year's Free Agent Frenzy! We will begin around 11AM , and run through the entire day until all the players are signed, until the Brad Richards...

After Rough Finish, Caps Not in a Free Agent Frenzy

By Scott Lowe

A wise man who happened to be a former boss of mine and a baseball hall of famer once provided me with a nugget of business and life advice that has served me well over the years (although I’m not always successful with the execution; kind of like the Capitals’ and their defensive system): Try to take the emotion out of everything you do.

At least attempting to follow that advice over the years has served me pretty well. I’m an extremely competitive person, so I’ve learned that when I’m embroiled in emotionally charged situations, a period of cooling off and analysis usually serves me well instead of a knee-jerk response. Over the ye...