If the UFA season kicked off with a bang it's been pretty quiet since. Then again, the big twin bombs were already deployed when Zach Parise and Ryan Suter both signed with the Wild.
On the Habs front, GM Marc Bergevin is surely still looking to add a top-6 winger and probably a hard-hitting stay-at-home defenseman. However those are scenarios that will likely only happen through trade, since there are few, it any legit options on the open market.
That said, Bergevin was able to check another item off his to-do list yesterday, signing RFA Lars Eller to a two year, $2.65 million deal.
The contract will pay him a digestible $1.15 million in year one and $1.5 in year two.
A fair deal for both sides and one that will allow Eller to truly come into his own. If he becomes the two-way center the Habs hope he will he stands to cash out nicely on his next contract.
In general NHL news, our own Louis Moustakas was talking the Parise/Suter deals, as well as a little Habs, with the gents from CKCU Red Zone. Have a listen and enjoy your weekend!
HabsAddict.com - Louis Moustakas on CKCU's Red Zone - July 6th 2012
HabsAddict.com - Press Release - Habs Sign Lars Eller
Hockey Inside/Out - Eller signs for two years
RDS - CH : deux ans et 2,65 M$ pour L. Eller
TSN - LUONGO: 'IT'S BEEN A GREAT SIX YEARS, BUT TIME TO MOVE ON'
TSN - NHL, PLAYERS' UNION AGREE TO MEET AGAIN NEXT WEEK IN TORONTO
TSN - LIGHTNING SIGN LINDBACK TO TWO-YEAR, $3.6 MILLION CONTRACT
TSN - BLUE JACKETS SIGN F FOLIGNO TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
TSN - COYOTES INK RESTRICTED FREE AGENT CHIPCHURA TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
TSN - CARLYLE: LEAFS MAY TRY TO PUT VAN RIEMSDYK AT CENTRE
ESPN - Debate: Whither the Wings and Rick Nash?
THN - Just like others before them, Kings will suffer fleeting fame
Spector's Hockey - Latest on Nash, Ryan, Luongo and Bouwmeester – July 6, 2012
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