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July 1, 2010, 05:47 PM
Thoughts?

So far, I'm not at all pleased with the Sharks. We gave Niittymaki 2 mil per year for 2 seasons, while letting less expensive guys like Hedberg and Ellis go right by.

Also, Doug Wilson has done nothing to upgrade our D which was horrible in the playoffs.

I was hoping we could grab Paul Martin, but he's a Penguin unfortunately. Zybnek Michalek as well.

How are all you feeling about your respective teams moves? Or just moves in general?
July 1, 2010  06:30 PM ET

impressed with pittsburgh and tampa bay with what they've done, calgary and new york have managed (yet again) to make themselves worse...my team, detroit, wasn't expected to do anything, so no thoughts there...still in shock that calgary has jokinen again! what were they thinking? other thoughts: chicago will not repeat, that team has been stripped down, way more then i thought they would be, loved whitney to phoenix, and hamhuis to vancouver (like malhotra there, but i think they overspent on it), excited to see what happens with kovalchuck, savard and kaberle...lots of interesting moves so far!

July 1, 2010  07:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

impressed with pittsburgh and tampa bay with what they've done, calgary and new york have managed (yet again) to make themselves worse...my team, detroit, wasn't expected to do anything, so no thoughts there...still in shock that calgary has jokinen again! what were they thinking? other thoughts: chicago will not repeat, that team has been stripped down, way more then i thought they would be, loved whitney to phoenix, and hamhuis to vancouver (like malhotra there, but i think they overspent on it), excited to see what happens with kovalchuck, savard and kaberle...lots of interesting moves so far!

I love Malhotra as a Shark, but I agree, I think Vancouver gave him a bit too much. But it's hard to deny the fact that he had the highest faceoff win% of anyone in the league last season.

I think the best Dmen available at this point are Joe Corvo and Willie Mitchell. Hoping the Sharks can grab one or both of them. We've got 7 mil left to spend and we need to fill 5 more spots.

July 1, 2010  07:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I love Malhotra as a Shark, but I agree, I think Vancouver gave him a bit too much. But it's hard to deny the fact that he had the highest faceoff win% of anyone in the league last season. I think the best Dmen available at this point are Joe Corvo and Willie Mitchell. Hoping the Sharks can grab one or both of them. We've got 7 mil left to spend and we need to fill 5 more spots.

yeah, ridiculous number on the faceoffs, but 3 yrs and 7.5 million is a lot more then i expected. Corvo's a good option, interested to see where Grebeshkov who is an RFA is gonna be, wonder what nashville's gonna do on that front...lots of D-Men movement so far though, didn't see Gonchar to Sens that surprised me, but i think it's a good move as is Pitt getting Michalek and Martin who'll make Pittsburgh not miss Gonchar as much...NJ getting Volchenkov is a good move, but they need some more help up there cause adding Volchenkov, Tallinder and Arnott and losing Martin still doesn't equal making it past the first or second round in my eyes. but they didn't lose out as some teams did, i'll say it again, what a mess in NY and Calgary...

July 1, 2010  09:47 PM ET

Ottawa are bumbling fools. 16.5 for Gonchar is way too much. The guy has 1.5 years left in him. The Sens never learn.

Pittsburgh are the winners so far. They dropped Gonchar but replaced him with 2 solid D men.

July 2, 2010  12:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Ottawa are bumbling fools. 16.5 for Gonchar is way too much. The guy has 1.5 years left in him. The Sens never learn. Pittsburgh are the winners so far. They dropped Gonchar but replaced him with 2 solid D men.

Martin IMO was the best Dman available, followed closely by Volchenkov, then Michalek.

I think Gonchar has got 3 more good years in him, but I wouldn't have been happy to see my team pay that guy that much money given his age and recent injury troubles.

July 2, 2010  12:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

i'll say it again, what a mess in NY and Calgary...

Absolutley. No real surprise with the Rangers being in trouble, Calgary, of late, that's not a surprise either. They've really fallen off the map in the West as a competitor over the last two seasons.

And to be honest, I think Philly has done terribly as well. Jody Shelley 3 years 3.3 million?!?! I love the guy as he was a great Sharks enforcer, but 1.1 mil a year for an enforcer? LOL. And they still have done nothing to address their goaltending situation. Niittymaki, Mason, Auld, Hedberg, and Ellis are all off the board.

July 4, 2010  01:39 PM ET

As a Pittsburgh fan I'm happy with Gonchar leaving and picking up Martin, but why would they drop Eaton???

July 5, 2010  11:48 AM ET

Most Pens fans have been vocal about the Free Agent signings: We love what Gonchar brought to the team, but at 36 yrs. of age, deminishing skills and injuries, most agree 16.5M? NO! and 3 years?NO!

To then sign to SHUT DOWN defensive defensemen and both have quick hands even quicker skates. Both Martin and Michalek are 27-28 yrs old, looks really positive and both signed for 5 years.

Eaton was a tough loss. You know the pens would have loved to kept him, but I'm happy to see the Islanders are paying him what he's worth.

July 6, 2010  03:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

As a Pittsburgh fan I'm happy with Gonchar leaving and picking up Martin, but why would they drop Eaton???

There's really not much room for him with the addition of Michalek and Martin. And they want to bring up Lovejoy. The general thought on Eaton is that he will never make a mistake, but he'll never really do anything to surprise you either. I think they like that Lovejoy is younger and has more upside than Eaton. The pairings would probably be something like Letang-Orpik, Michalek-Martin, and Goligoski-Lovejoy with Engeland being the 7th. Also, they probably weren't willing to pay him as much as the Islanders did.

July 6, 2010  07:16 PM ET

It sounds like the Pen's D is going to be good with all the signings they've done. Things look pretty good for now. Hope they can pick up a good center like they want to.

 
July 15, 2010  11:28 PM ET

Pittsburgh certainly has been the biggest winner this offseason.

Defensman were in extremely high demand this year, and they've pretty much all flown off the board. I'm hoping that the Sharks can sign Willie Mitchell to help toughen up a defense that has been pretty flat in recent seasons. I hope the Sharks resign Seto and with the money remaining, I hope we can get Modano to sign a 1 year deal. I don't want to see the Sharks become the league's retirement home, but I think Modano would be an excellent addition and could get a big increase in numbers if paired on the same line with Pavelski and Setoguchi.

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