Brooks Laich has re-signed with the Washington Capitals. the deal is reported to be for six years worth 27 million.
Dammit! We were hoping that he could go to a team where it wouldn't be hazardous to our health to have an unhealthy crush on his face (i.e. Mike Richards going to LA).
But all of our hopes and dreams as Penguins fangirls have been dashed in one little signature. Damn him and his love of Mike Green.
And now there will be absolutely no free agency drama on Friday. Man, this year is gonna suuuuuuuuck.
Well, maybe not so much with the whole 'Where will Brad Richards end up?' speculation that has taken over much of NHL Network.
It's like a disease. Every year there is that one player who captures the imagination of every hockey analyst and all of the possibilities of where they can go.
In 2008, it was the Marian Hossa saga. And we all know how that ended up. And '09 was pretty much the same.
Then last year was all about Ilya Kovalchuk.
This year it's all about Brad Richards and his perfectly coiffed hair and nice tan and pearly white chipmunk teeth.
Of course there are more players than just him but not that many. It's a pretty weak class, sorry boys.
NHL.com has the top 15 and predictions on where they will end up after July 1st.
There were also a lot of signings, players mostly staying put.
- Sabres signed Nathan Gerbe to a three-year deal and avoided arbitration.
- Hurricanes signed Chad LaRose to a two-year deal and Joni Pitkanen to a three-year deal.
- Panthers signed Tomas Kopecky to a four-year deal.
- Penguins retained Pascal Dupuis with a two-year deal reportedly worth 3 million. Yay!
- Lightning signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a two-year deal worth 2 million.
But then the Canucks had to be different and instead of signing their free agent, they traded Christian Ehrhoff's rights to the New York Islanders for a fourth rounder in 2012.
And of course, as everyone expected, the Rangers bought out Chris Drury. He will become a UFA on July 1st.