After TJ Oshie happily re-signed with St. Louis late last week, all but three of the eleven former Sioux free agents who played in the NHL last year have signed new contracts. Mike Commodore, Jason Blake, and Chris VandeVelde are the lone free agents still on the market. Below are the details:
|PLAYER||2011-2012 TEAM||STATUS||NEW TEAM||SIGNING/CONTRACT DETAILS|
|Taylor Chorney||Edmonton||UFA||St. Louis||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
|Mike Commodore||Tampa Bay||UFA|
|Matt Frattin||Toronto||RFA||Toronto||2 Years, $1.7 Million|
|Chay Genoway||Minnesota||RFA||Minnesota||2 Years, 2-Way Contract|
|Brian Lee||Tampa Bay||RFA||Tampa Bay||2 Years, $2.3 Million|
|T.J. Oshie||St Louis||RFA||St. Louis||5 Years, $20.9 Million|
|Zach Parise||New Jersey||UFA||Minnesota||13 Years, $98 Million|
|Chris Porter||St Louis||UFA||St. Louis||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
|Matt Watkins||Phoenix||UFA||NY Islanders||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
Derrick LaPoint was tabbed as the 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the Reading Royals (ECHL) despite having his season cut short due to an emergency appendectomy. The former Sioux defenseman re-signed with Reading late last week.
In other signings...
- Matt Smaby, who was on the verge of a late-season call-up to Anaheim before suffering an injury, will remain with the Ducks organization via a one year, two-way contract.
- Jake Marto re-signed with the St. John's IceCaps (AHL).
- Lee Goren signed with Pelicans of the SM-Liiga (Finland's elite league). He spent last season with Skelleftea of the Elitserien (Swedish elite league).
- Luke Johnson, who is anticipated to arrive on campus in the fall of 2013, was ranked as an A List Player for the 2013 NHL Draft. An A Lister is a player Central Scouting considers to be a potential first round talent.
- Here's a look at Jonathan Toews By the Numbers. Toews is currently in the running for TSN's Who's Better feature, which is seeking to find who the fans think is the best hockey player under the age of 25. CSN Chicago caught up with the Chicago captain at Blackhawks Convention 2012.
- Incoming freshman defenseman Jordan Schmaltz is eager to prove the worth of St. Louis' investment in him as a first-round draft pick, and in this fan Q&A he says winning the national championship with North Dakota is the goal for this upcoming season.
- Stanley Cup champion Matt Greene, whose parents watched him hoist The Cup from afar, is friend, foe, and one-time bodyguard to Zach Parise.
- FS North took a look at the importance Shattuck-St. Mary's had in Parise's career development.
- Courtesy of the Lake Erie Monsters, here's a review of Brad Malone's first season as a professional.
- Corban Knight is among a number of WCHAers who rank near the top of the Florida Panther prospect pool in terms of NHL equivalency.
- Derek Forbort carries his potential as he continues to mature.
- The prospect of playing for his hometown Jets thrills Jason Gregoire, who is featured in this Winnipeg Jet Prospect Update.
- Hockey Prospectus ranked Danny Kristo fourth and Mark MacMillan fourteenth among the top Montreal Canadiens prospects, while Brock Nelson is ranked third among New York Islanders prospects.
- Incoming freshman goaltender Zane Gothberg is ready for the next level.
- The national championship-winning 1996-97 Men's Hockey Team will be inducted into the UND Athletics Hall of Fame.