Friday, July 01, 2011

Four Quick Signing Bytes to Catch-Up

Amazingly, the Panthers managed to add one more piece to the puzzle before the end of the busy day on Friday, signing forward Sean Bergenheim to a 4-year, $11 million deal, rounding out their day quite well. Bergenheim, a speedy winger, really came to the forefront during the Lightning's playoff run, leading the team in goals through the Conference Finals.  In the regular season, Bergenheim finished with 29 points in 80 games.

The Rangers announced that they re-signed veteran forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a 1-year, $1.4 million deal on Friday, bringing him back into the fold and giving him a slight raise from last season.  Fedotenko, 32, had 25 points in 66 games for the Rangers last season, and will likely go back to filling out a role on the second or third line in 2012.

The Flyers had one more signing as well on a crazy day for them as well, as they picked up Andreas Lilja off the market for 2 years at $737,500 per season.  Lilja, 35, played in 52 games for the Ducks in 2011, scoring 1 goal and adding 6 assists.  He will definitely work as the sixth or seventh defenseman for the Flyers in the coming year.

Finally, the Blues signed goaltender Brian Elliot to a 1-year, $600,000 deal to play as back-up to Jaroslav Halak in the 2012 season.  Elliot bounced from Ottawa to Colorado in the 2011 season, winning only 15 games and picking up 3 shutouts for 36 points in the year.  Elliot finished 32nd among all goaltenders in points, but now that he is relegated to a back-up role, I would expect less from him in 2012.

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