Grading Free Agent signings in the Atlantic Division

Reports Cards – Major signings for each team

1. Daniel Briere to Flyers ( 8years – 52 million)
Short term A, long term C-
Briere was the most dynamic player in free agency and the addition of Briere gives the Flyers a #1 center to build around for years to come. Over 6 million per season is a good price for the Flyers considering what Gomez received. The Flyers should be able to get 5 to 6 (80 – 95 point) seasons out of Briere but 8 years is a bit long

2. Chris Drury to Ny Rangers ( 5 years – 35.25 million)
Short term B, long term C+
Chris Drury is good player but not great. In the short term it’s a good deal for the Rangers but 7 million per season for a guy who has never scored 70 points in a season is absurd.

3.Scott Gomez to NY Rangers ( 7yrs – 51.5 million)
Short term B, long term F
The Rangers are going for it all and how can you blame them when realistically how many years does Jagr have left being the dominant player he is. Gomez will be a great addition but 7 years for over 7 million per season may go down as one of the worst contracts since Alexei Yashins 10 year deal with the Isles.

4. Bill Guerin to New York Islanders ( 2 years – 9 million)
short term B, Long term B-
It’s hard to argue with two years deals. After losing Ryan Smith, this was a much needed signing for the Isles. Yes they did overpay for Guerin but when your the Islanders thats what you have to do.

5. Kimmo Timonen to Flyers ( 6 years – 38 million )
short term B, long term D
Timonen will be a great addition to a Flyers team that needs to desperate help on the blue line. The problem with this contract is Timonen will still be on the books when he is 39 years old. A four year deal is the longest they should have gone

6. Danius Zubrus to New Jersey Devils ( 6yrs – 20.4 million)
short term C, long term D
Zubrus is a solid player and in the short term will help out the Devils but a 6 year contract? Four years down the road the Devils are going to be wondering why in the world they gave Zubrus a 6 year deal. Just another odd signing by Lou Lamerello

7. Petr Sykora to Pittsburgh ( 2 years – 5 million)
Short term B, long term A
The Penguins did miss out Paul Kariya but tell me how many General Managers wouldn’t take Sykora at 2.5 million per season over Paul Kariya’s 6 million a year salary. Skyora has the ability to score atleast 30 goals playing on a line with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Winner Pittsburgh

8. Scott Hartnell to Philadelphia ( 6 years – 26 million )
Short term C, long term B
The Flyers did over paid for Hartnell in the short term but based on his potential he will end up being worth 4.2 million per season in the long term.

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