While the Dallas Stars have been really busy so far during this free agency, what's the rest of the Pacific Division been up too? Well, in short, all the other teams in the division have been pretty quiet but there have been a few interesting moves and there will be some significant ones to come. So let's see what those rivals have been up to.
The Ducks have been busy this offseason adding to thier blue line. They reached a little bit and drafted Hampus Lindholm with the sixth overall pick in the draft, which I don't have a problem with if they really like him. There were other defensemen more talented than Lindholm but it's obvious that the Ducks were set on him.
They also sent away noted Stars killer Lubomir Vishnovsky to the New York Islanders for a second-round pick during the draft.
When free agency hit, they went out and got themselves another couple of big defensemen. They signed Sheldon Souray away from the Dallas Stars with a three-year, $11 million deal and they also signed shot blocker and all-around effort defensemen Bryan Allen to a three-year $10.5 million deal.
It's a big boost to their pretty shoddy d-core but it's nothing earth shattering. Souray had his problems on the ice with penalties and struggled offensively for long stretches during the season. Allen adds very little on the offensive side of the ice.
The Ducks also signed Brad Staubitz to two-year deal (for an unconfirmed amount). He's nothing more than a depth line tough guy. Anaheim wanted to add some beef and toughness to the team and they got it.
Now there should still be a couple of big moves coming from the Ducks. First off, Teemu Selanne is still a UFA and wants to play another year. He should be back next year with the Ducks.
The other big move involves Bobby Ryan. The 25-year-old is a huge trade piece out in the market right now but is being overshadowed by Rick Nash. Ryan would not be as expensive to trade for and he's just as good as Nash. Teams with some serious interest in Ryan so far have been the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. I still find it surprising that the Ducks are willing to trade him, but he's out there to be had.
As of July 5, the Ducks still need a little over $7 million to reach the cap floor, so there will be more moves from this team.
Additions: Allen, Souray, Staubitz, Lindholm (draft), Nicolas Kerdiles - C (draft)
Subtractions: Sheldon Brookbank - D (to Chicago), George Parros - RW (to Florida), Riley Holzapfel - C (to Pittsburgh), Jean-Francois Jacques - LW (to Florida), Vishnovsky (trade to NYI)
Re-signed: No one as of yet
Still Unresolved: Selanne (UFA), Rod Pelley - C (UFA), Ryan O'Marra - C (UFA), Niklas Hagman - LW (UFA), Jason Blake - LW (UFA), Kyle Cumiskey - D (RFA), Iiro Tarkki - G (UFA), Dan Ellis - G (UFA),