Thursday, August 07, 2014

Fringe Signings (Aug 7)

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers scratched another unrestricted free agent off the list, as defenseman Michael Del Zotto signed a 1-year deal, reportedly worth $1.3 million. Del Zotto bounced from the Rangers to the Predators in 2014, playing in 67 games, scoring 3 goals and 16 points.  These numbers had Del Zotto down in 116th in scoring among all defensemen, which is a ways down from when he exploded onto the scene with the Rangers, but now he is saying that he wants to prove that he can do it all over again and the Flyers may give him that chance.

The Flyers blueline is now jam-packed with players, as the addition of Del Zotto now gives them eight NHL-ready defenders, but there have been some reports that Kimmo Timonen is dealing with some blood clot issues, not unlike Tomas Vokoun last season, which may mean the spot (and cap space) opened up for this signing.

The Pittsburgh Penguins finished their chores in the Summer, signing their last restricted free agent, forward Brandon Sutter, giving him a 2-year, $6.6 million deal.  The 25-year old forward is looking to build on an up-and-down career thus far, between Carolina and Pittsburgh, and he's coming off a season where he managed 13 goals and 26 points in 81 games for the Penguins, playing a solid bottom six role, for the most part.  With some of the changes in Pittsburgh over the off-season, there could be some room for Sutter to advance in the depth chart, but it will be a tough slog for the two-way forward, as the spots beside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are going to be rather limited.

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