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The Winners and Losers of NHL Free Agency So Far

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The New Jersey Devils are one of the big winners in this years free agency period due largely to the fact that they resigned star goalie Martin Brodeur (pictured above).

By Nick Craddock

Two weeks ago the NHL free agent frenzy (not sure if you could call it that this year) began, and in the spirit of prematurely judging things, here is a compilation of the winners and losers of the free agency period thus far.

Winners

New Jersey Devils: The Devils lost captain Zach Parise to his home state Wild (see below), but every true hockey fan knows that the real heart, soul, and leader of the Devils is Martin Brodeur, who resigned with the team for two years. Brodeur’s contract all but guarantees that the 40-year-old goalie will see out his Hall of Fame career with the only team that he has ever known.

Replacing the void of Parise will not be an easy task, but as the old adage goes: Defense wins championships, and Brodeur’s stellar play almost won the Devils a Stanley Cup title this past June.

One thing’s for sure: People in the Garden State will be able to forget about Parise much quicker than they would have been able to forget about their starting goalie for the past two decades had their beloved Marty left. Continue reading

Burrows wins game 2 in OT for Canucks

Photo courtesy of The Hockey News.

By Nick Craddock

I’m so tempted to start this post with a cheesy line. The temptation is too strong, here goes nothing: Alex Burrows took a bite out of the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night.

Burrows probably shouldn’t have been in the lineup for game 2 after biting Boston’s Patrice Bergeron’s finger in game 1; however, the NHL didn’t suspend Burrows because the league’s disciplinarians ruled that there was inconclusive video evidence proving Burrows’ guilt. Clearly, the NHL couldn’t handle the truth. Continue reading