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."
Downie, regarded as a physical player, started the 2013-14 season with the Colorado Avalanche before a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers for Maxime Talbot in October. Downie, 27, had four goals, 24 points and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Avalanche and Flyers last season.
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.
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