Free agency means addresses are changing for players around the NHL, and it's never too early for fantasy owners to wonder how signings and trades will impact the landscape in 2014-15.
Here's an early look at how you can expect these players to stack up with their new teams in 2014-15 -- for better or worse:
Financial terms were not released, but Newsday reported the total value of Grabovski's contract is $20 million and Kulemin's is $16.75 million.
After a contract buyout by the Buffalo Sabres that unexpectedly thrust him into the free-agent market, Ehrhoff is excited by the chance to revive his career with a Pittsburgh team going through several changes of its own.
Ehrhoff was at his offseason home in Germany when he received a phone call Sunday from his agent, Rick Curran. It was almost 7 a.m. ET when Curran called, so Ehrhoff knew it must have been important.
"My initial thought was I might have been traded," Ehrhoff said Wednesday. "It was different news."
Five players who won a championship for the United States last season in Slovakia will have a chance to win another one next month.
The United States roster for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, to be held Aug. 11-16 in Czech Republic and Slovakia, features five players who won the 2013 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia: forwards Brock Boeser, Brent Gates and Tom Novak, and defensemen Tory Dello and Troy Terry.
"Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the tough Central Division and Western Conference," general manager David Poile said in a statement. "He provides our coaching staff with more depth and options at the forward position and coach [Peter] Laviolette believes he is a good fit for our style of play."
Martin Brodeur is doing something he has never done before in his illustrious 21-season NHL career. There's no telling how long it will last.
He is searching for a job.
Brodeur is an unrestricted free agent and has never been in the position of needing to look for work. Then again, Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in wins, shutouts and just about any other goaltender stat there is, has never been a potential backup goalie or a free agent beyond July 2.
Havlat considers it a long time coming, too, considering they have shared experiences on Czech Republic national teams for many years.
DENVER -- Despite losing free agent Paul Stastny to the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues, Joe Sakic believes the Colorado Avalanche are better than they were when they lost to the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round.
Sakic, the Avalanche's executive vice president of hockey operations, said Wednesday the additions of forwards Jarome Iginla, Daniel Briere and Jesse Winchester, along with defensemen Brad Stuart and Zach Redmond, have improved Colorado's size, depth, experience and toughness.
"We saw how last year went and we had a tremendous year," Sakic said of the Avalanche's surprising first-place finish in the division, "but at the end of the year after our playoff loss to Minnesota we knew we needed to have a little more depth on our third and fourth lines, and we felt we needed to get tougher.
"We feel we got tougher, and for sure the experience factor -- leadership -- you can never have enough of that. We know our core guys are young. To bring in this leadership to help them along is huge. Now you're not relying on one or two or three guys to be leaders. We have a whole bunch of leaders helping our young guys. There were a lot of things we tried to accomplish, which we think we did."
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