Friday, June 29, 2012

Carey Price, Nokelainen, Nash, Signings and More

Petteri Nokelainen - Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens
Good morning Tricolore fans!

Admist the slew of major signings yesterday — namely, Crosby's mega 12-year, 104.4 million dollar deal — it was perhaps lost in the shuffle that the Montreal Canadiens re-signed Petteri Nokelainen to a one-year, one-way deal as well.

Only one question: why?

A former first-round pick who never seemed to live up to his billing, Nokelainen did not exactly bring a physical or support scoring element to the bottom lines.

Personally, I would have rather seen another player given the chance to fulfill that role.

Not you?

Habs News

HabsAddict - Panesar and Moustakas: Marc Bergevin's Next Move

La Presse - Faire une bonne première impression au camp de perfectionnement

RDS - Nokelainen sous contrat, Price bientôt?

RDS - Les jeunes du CH sont déjà au boulot

TSN - Insider Trading: Price's turn to sign, Luongo trade talks

TSN - Habs sign Nokelainen and Nash; Engqvist goes to KHL

Hockey News

ESPN - Key stat: Crosby worth the money

IIHF - Swedish juniors top

Sports Illustrated - NHL Free Agency: Who needs what – Eastern Conference

TSN - NHL raises salary cap to $70.2 million for next season

TSN - Predators sign D Gill to two-year, $4 million contract

TSN - Bruins secure Rask with one-year, $3.5 million contract

TSN - Penguins locking up Crosby with 12-year, $104.4 million deal

USA Today - Penguins gladly assume risk with Crosby deal

USA Today - Kings' missing puck being returned

USA Today - Quick gets 10-year extension; Canucks' Schneider gets deal

(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images North America)


This might be the first bad move from Beregevin. Nokelainen doesn't deserve a one way deal. I would have been fine with a two way so that he can get buried in Hamilton. All I can think is that Nokelainen had some undisclosed issue and that was the reason he didn't perform. All I hope is that Bergevin doesn't adopt Gauthier and Gainey's penchant for reclamation projects.


My thoughts on this. Nokelainen was due for an increase in salary but instead signed for the league minimum (or just about).

As a depth player like a 13th forward Nokelainen is perfect. He won 53.4% in FO's last year and was tied for 3rd in fighting majors on the team with Subban and Moen.

Depth, depth, depth. No longer do we ahve to see Weber or Diaz as a forward but rather an NHL player who at least provides something to the team.

It is a smart signing, especially given weakness at centre.
It is a harmless contract and Dudley/Bergevin are supposed to be "Pro talent evaluater experts", so should have some faith in their unknown masterplan. haha

I think signing Nokelainen is a cap friendly move.
I agree with Bryan that he is NHL calibre depth, can win some face-offs, has some heart and grit and can kill penalties. The key though is he's cheap talent.
We need to have depth, using d-men as forwards on the 4th line was useless.

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