The Ottawa Senators announced yesterday that they have re-signed Mike “Not Martin” Brodeur to a one-year, two-way contract. The young goalie started his first carer NHL game in nets against the Minnesota Wild, where he posted a 4-1 victory. He went 3-0 this season, including a shutout over the New York Rangers.
This, along with Ryan Keller’s re-signing earlier this month re-asserts my theology that Bryan Murray is trying to re-sign the guys he can. You should expect by the end of the week Peter Regin re-signed (3-year contract), with Nick Foligno and Chris Campoli not being too far off. The only guy I can see get pen to paper worth more than $1.5 million/year is Furby, who should be around that area.
What I’m hearing is that Matt Cullen has a better chance to return than not. Volchenkov’s headed to D.C., unless they freak out at the end and don’t expect Andy Sutton to come back either, unless he can be signed under $4 mil/year. Zbynek Michalek is getting calls from his younger brother, Milan of coming here to Bytown, but it seems the initial interest we thought Murray had in the current Coyote isn’t there. The Bryan will be signing one proven defenseman, that’s for sure. But it could be two if Murray feels Jared Cowen and/or Patrick Wiercioch aren’t ready for the big leagues yet. Yet, that’s what he thought about Erik Karlsson. How did that turn out?
As mentioned before, I am running FanSided’s NHL Mock Draft, a group joint by all bloggers in the hockey sect. We should be getting that up soon, as well another surprise and addition to the FanSided Hockey Team. As they say in New York, there’s only two seasons in hockey: the real season and waiting for the real season.