The Colorado Avalanche continued the replacement process for Rob Blake in signing Ken Klee to a deal. Klee, a usual late pool pick, will move to Denver to add a little more size to the blueline. Last season's 15 points for Klee will be matched at best, as he won't see much time on the powerplay, as he's probably about 4th or 5th on the depth chart for the Avs.
Monday saw the signing of Jan Bulis to the Canucks. Although he is listed as a left winger, he may fit into the Canucks plans on either the top two lines at the minute, swapping sides to play with Markus Naslund or the twins. This is a big promotion for Bulis in the pool rankings, in my opinion. Playing with the twins may actually give him 30 goals to his normal 20, just like Anson Carter had last season.
On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers gave newly-acquired Alex Auld a little competition for the job in signing Ed Belfour. At the risk of sounding like a big jerk... HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Ahem. The 41-year-old Belfour will try and make his return after a bad back last season that kept him from the second half of the season. It's a good thing they got him for cheap.
Mark Recchi has returned to Pittsburgh, just as he said he would. A Cup win in Carolina last season and more than likely finishing his career with Crosby and the Penguins will be good for Recchi. His production was still very decent last season, finishing in the top 100 in pool points, a far cry from his top 30 performance before the lockout, but still a pool worthy pick up.
The addition of Danny Markov will give some more depth to a depleted Red Wing team. Markov will probably walk onto the Wings powerplay and see quite a bit of ice-time. He does have quite a bit of competition at his level of play, but you will more than likely see an increase of point production, because of the forward talent he'll get to play with. You may want to upgrade his positioning on your draft list, just a little bit.
Brad Ference, the older brother of new-teammate Andrew, adds more grit and size to the Flames defense corps. Unfortunately for Brad, he hasn't played too many full-seasons with NHL clubs, only playing 80 games once in Florida. At this point, he comes in only as the 7th defenseman and will have big job ahead of him to make it onto the squad in training camp.
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