Monday Musings: NHL free-agent pool intriguing | Hockey | CBC Sports

Hockey Night in CanadaMonday Musings: NHL free-agent pool intriguing

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Back to accessibility links
Despite his age (42) and decent, but not outstanding 2013-14 regular season (.901 save percentage), it appears there is a market for sure-fire Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Despite his age (42) and decent, but not outstanding 2013-14 regular season (.901 save percentage), it appears there is a market for sure-fire Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Beginning of Story Content

This week's Monday musings takes a look ahead at the July 1 free-agent frenzy and a look back at the NHL draft in Philadelphia.

Some Monday musings in the hockey world that always becomes interesting when the free- agent frenzy begins at noon ET on Tuesday. 

The Frenzy

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman cleared some salary cap space to take a run at an elite unrestricted free agent or two by jettisoning Teddy Purcell, B.J. Crombeen and Nate Thompson.

The Buffalo Sabres bought out defenceman Christian Ehrhoff. The Florida Panthers did the same with Ed Jovanovski to add two more defencemen to the free-agent pool.

This is not considered a deep free-agent pool, but Tuesday will be interesting with all the handy work done from teams that has gone on in the last week.

Here's a glance at some of the UFAs looking for new addresses this week:

Goalies - Martin Brodeur, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ray Emery, Thomas Greiss, Jonas Hiller, Chad Johnson, Ryan Miller, Evgeni Nabokov, Justin Peters, Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun.

Defence - Dan Boyle, Christian Ehrhoff, Tom Gilbert, Ed Jovanovski, Willie Mitchell, Derek Morris, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Kyle Quincey, Stephane Robidas, Sami Salo, Nick Schultz, Anton Stralman.

Forwards - David Bolland, David Booth, Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Mikhail Grabovski, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Dominic Moore, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, Derek Roy, Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek, Radim Vrbata, Ray Whitney.

Five intriguing UFAs

Here are five free agents to watch closely and why.

Martin Brodeur - After 1,464 games in a New Jersey Devils sweater will the three-time Stanley Cup champion find a new home at age 42? There certainly seems to be a market for him.

Michael Cammalleri - The 32-year-old sniper finished strong to check in for 26 goals in 63 games. He would be a nice fit or a contender.

Jarome Iginla - In an ideal world, the 36-year-old forward already would have re-signed in Boston. But salary cap issues with the Bruins has Iginla entertaining yet another new home.

Dominic Moore - After he took a year off because of the loss of his wife to cancer, the 33-year-old centre enjoyed a strong playoff run with the New York Rangers. Will he join a 10th team?

Paul Stastny - He probably will be the most sought-after UFA on Tuesday because plenty of teams need help down the middle. He's only 28 and the teams that lose out on him will no doubt turn their attention to Jason Spezza, who has demanded a trade from Ottawa.

Where ya from?

Canada once again led the way in players drafted by birth, but the United States continues to climb closer.

In fact, at 31.9 per cent the U.S. enjoyed its highest percentage of selections in NHL draft history. The 67 U.S.-born players taken represented the country's highest total since 1991, when 68 were selected in the 12-round, 264-player draft. The 2014 NHL draft was seven rounds with 210 players selected.

Other tidbits saw 27 Swedes selected for their second highest total (28 in 2011) and with 13 picks, Russia had its highest draft total since 2006 (15).

  • CANADA 77
  • United States 67
  • Sweden 27
  • Russia 13
  • Finland 9
  • Czech Republic 8
  • Latvia 2
  • Switzerland 2
  • United Kingdom 2
  • Denmark 1
  • Germany 1
  • Slovakia 1

Breakdown by leagues

Each of the first seven selections were players from either the Ontario Hockey League or Western Hockey League last Friday.

After the Los Angeles Kings chose Ottawa 67's defenceman Jacob Middleton of Stratford, Ont. with the 210th and final selection, here's the breakdown by junior leagues.

  • 41 - OHL
  • 37 - WHL
  • 30 - USJHL
  • 21 - Sweden J20 SuperElit
  • 17 - QMJHL

Family ties

It was neat to hear that a pair of 41-year-olds in Sami Kapanen and Michael Nylander played on the same team with their teenaged sons Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander in Finland and Sweden, respectively, this past season.

As usual, there were plenty of players selected in the draft with NHL bloodlines, including four who were drafted by a team with which their father played: Calgary pick Sam Reinhart (Paul), Montreal pick Daniel Audette (Donald), Boston pick Ryan Donato (Ted) and Carolina pick Josh Wesley (Glen).

Here is a summary provided by the NHL.

Daniel Audette, Montreal (147th): His father, Donald, registered 509 points (260-249--509) in 735 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Montreal and Florida. He currently is an amateur scout for the Canadiens.

Anders Bjork, Boston (146th): His cousin Erik Condra was selected 207th overall by Ottawa in 2006 and completed his fourth campaign with the Senators in 2013-14.

Ryan Donato, Boston (56th): His father, Ted, recorded 347 points (150-197--347) in 795 career NHL games with Boston, N.Y. Islanders, Ottawa, Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis and N.Y. Rangers. He just completed his 10th season as head coach of Harvard University's men's team.

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton (3rd): His father, Peter, was a Czech-born, German professional hockey player who participated in numerous international tournaments for Germany as a national-team member, including the 1988, 1992 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He also has coached professionally in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Winnipeg (9th): His father, Heinz, was selected 188th overall by the N.Y. Rangers in 1984 and played in various European professional leagues from 1981-2004.

Shane Eiserman, Ottawa (100th): His cousin and personal trainer Eddie Hill was selected 61st overall by Nashville in 1999 and has a decade of pro hockey experience in the AHL and ECHL.

Shane Gersich, Washington (135th): His uncles are the Broten brothers: Neal (drafted 42nd overall by Minnesota in 1979), Aaron (106th overall by Colorado in 1980) and Paul (77th overall by N.Y. Rangers in 1984). Neal was a member of the U.S. gold medal-winning team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 1995.

Kasperi Kapanen, Pittsburgh (22nd): His father, Sami, was selected by Hartford in the fourth round (87th overall) in 1995 and counted 458 points (189-269--458) in 831 games with the Whalers, Carolina and Philadelphia.

Anton Karlsson, Arizona (87th): His brother, Erik, was drafted 99th overall by Carolina in 2012 and spent last season with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League.

Edgars Kulda, Arizona (194th): His brother, Arturs, was drafted 200th overall by Atlanta in 2006 and spent the 2013-14 season with Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Brendan Lemieux, Buffalo (31st): His father, Claude, is a four-time Stanley Cup champion and 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy winner who recorded 786 points (379-407--786) and 1,777 penalty minutes in 1,215 career regular-season games. He added 157 points (80-77--157) in 234-career playoff games with Montreal, New Jersey, Colorado, Phoenix, Dallas and San Jose.

Ryan MacInnis, Arizona (43rd): His father, Al, is a Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, Stanley Cup champion and seven-time all-star who spent 23 NHL seasons in St. Louis and Calgary.

Ryan Mantha, N.Y. Rangers (104th): His uncle Moe Mantha Jr. played 656 NHL games with Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Minnesota and Philadelphia.

Jake Marchment, Los Angeles (157th): His uncle Bryan was selected 16th overall by Winnipeg in 1987 and played 926 NHL games with Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Edmonton, Hartford, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Tyler Nanne, N.Y. Rangers (142nd): His grandfather is U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Lou Nanne, who played 10 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and served as the team's general manager for another 13 seasons. Tyler's brother, Louie, was drafted 188th overall by the Minnesota Wild in 2012 and spent the 2013-14 season with the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede.

William Nylander, Toronto (8th): His father, Michael, registered 679 points (209-470--679) in a 920-game, 15-season NHL career with Hartford, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Washington, Boston and N.Y. Rangers.

Brendan Perlini, Arizona (12th): His father, Fred, played eight games with Toronto after being drafted by Maple Leafs 158th overall in 1980. Brendan began his hockey career in the United Kingdom, where Fred worked as the director of a hockey program after his playing career ended in 1997 with the Guildford Flames of the British Hockey League.

Alexander Peters, Dallas (75th): His brother, Justin, is a goaltender who was selected 38th overall by Carolina in 2004. He appeared in 21 games for the Hurricanes this past season.

John Quenneville, New Jersey (30th): His older brother, Peter, was selected 195th overall by Columbus Blue in 2013 and his younger brother, David, made his WHL debut this past season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. His uncle by marriage is Boston defenceman Johnny Boychuk and his second cousin is former NHL player and current Chicago coach Joel Quenneville.

Jack Ramsey, Chicago (208th): His father, Mike, was a defenceman for the U.S. gold medal-winning team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He skated in 1,070 career NHL games with Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Sam Reinhart, Buffalo (2nd): His brother, Max, was selected by Calgary in the third round (63rd overall) in 2010 NHL Draft, while his brother, Griffin, was drafted fourth overall by the N.Y. Islanders in 2012. Their father, Paul, was selected 12th overall by the Atlanta Flames in 1979 and played 11 NHL seasons with the Flames and Vancouver.

Nicholas Ritchie, Anaheim (10th): His brother, Brett, was selected 44th overall by Dallas in 2011 and won a Calder Cup crown with the AHL Texas Stars this past season.

Nick Schmaltz, Chicago (20th): His brother, Jordan, was selected 25th overall by St. Louis in 2012 and currently plays defense for the University of North Dakota.

Hunter Smith, Calgary (54th): His uncle Brad was taken in the fourth round (57th overall) by Vancouver in 1978 and totalled 62 points (28-34--62) in 222 games over nine seasons with the Canucks, Calgary, Detroit and Toronto. He currently is the director of player personnel for Colorado.

Luc Snuggerud, Chicago (141st): His uncle Dave represented the U.S. at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and played 265 NHL games over four seasons with Buffalo, San Jose and Philadelphia.

Kelly Summers, Ottawa (190th): His cousin Mike Sullivan was drafted 244th overall by Los Angeles in 2003 and attended Clarkson University before playing professionally in Germany (from 2008-11).

Lukas Sutter, N.Y. Islanders (200th): He is the son of Rich Sutter, who was drafted 10th overall in 1982 by Pittsburgh and went on to play 874 games with seven teams. His dad and five of his uncles (Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane and Ron) combined for 3,000 points in just under 5,000 NHL games. More recently, four of his cousins have been drafted: Brody (193rd overall in 2011 by Carolina), Brandon (11th overall in 2007 by Carolina), Brett (179th overall in 2005 by Calgary) and Shaun (102nd overall in 1998 by Calgary).

Dominic Turgeon, Detroit (63rd): His father, Pierre, was selected first overall by Buffalo in 1987 and registered 1,327 points (515-812--1,327) in 1,294 career games with the Sabres, Islanders, Montreal, St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado. His uncle Sylvain also played 12 seasons with Hartford, New Jersey, Montreal and Ottawa.

Nolan Vesey, Toronto (158th): His father, Jim, was a star at Merrimack College and was drafted 155th overall in 1984 by St. Louis and played briefly for the Blues and Boston. His brother, Jimmy, was selected 66th overall in 2012 by Nashville.

Josh Wesley, Carolina (96th): His father, Glen, a defenceman played in 1,457 career games with Boston, Hartford, Carolina and Toronto. He won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and still is with the organization as director of defencemen development. His uncle Blake skated in 298 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Hartford, Quebec and Toronto.

By the Numbers

0 - Goalies were taken in the first round at the NHL entry draft on Friday.

5 - Goalies were selected in the second round.

4 - Reinharts have now been drafted after Buffalo selected Sam second overall. He became the highest-drafted member of his family. His brother Max was selected 63rd overall by Calgary in 2010, while brother Griffin was taken fourth overall by the Islanders in 2012 and their father, Paul, was drafted 12th overall by Atlanta in 1979.

6 - OHLers in the last eight years have been chosen first overall: Aaron Ekblad (Barrie, 2014), Nail Yakupov (Sarnia, 2012), Taylor Hall (Windsor, 2010), John Tavares (London, 2009), Steven Stamkos (Sarnia, 2008) and Patrick Kane (London, 2007).

64 - NCAA players were drafted on Friday and Saturday.

5 - Players each were drafted from the rivals, Boston College and Boston University.

End of Story Content

Back to accessibility links

Story Social Media

End of Story Social Media

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.