Our third installment of transactions-weekly-round-up-mania moves forward this sunny Sunday afternoon. The pace has slowed down considerably from last week, but the size of (some of) the moves is still considerable. The week in transactions and analysis for all the moves is yours once you follow the jump.
Florida Panthers trade JF Jacuqes to Tampa Bay for future considerations
Our first transaction of the week made zero impact on an NHL roster. The Panthers sent JF Jacuqes’ rights packing to the other side of the state of Florida. Jacques himself moved from San Antonio, TX to Syracuse, NY. In 24 games for the Rampage in the AHL Jacques had seven points and 37 penalty minutes. He should give the Lightning the ability to fill in a fourth line spot in case of injury.
Blackhawks acquire Henrik Karlsson from Calgary for a 7th round pick
In their perpetual search for goaltending they can count on, the Blackhawks picked up Henrik Karlsson from the Flames for a 7th round pick. Karlsson is now with the Rockford IceHogs in case either Ray Emery or Corey Crawford fall to injury. Karlsson has played in 30 games in North America since the Flames brought him over from Sweden to a save percentage of just a hair over .900. If Chicago runs into enough injures in net that they need to rely on Karlsson their Stanley Cup chances are likely slim.
San Jose signs Scott Gomez for 700k
The Sharks are the team to take the plunge on Scott Gomez. His history in Montreal is well known at this point. The Canadiens asked him to not come to camp, and the NHL allowed his buyout to go through now instead of in the off season. In his first game with the Sharks, Todd McLellan used Gomez in incredibly high leverage situations. He held his own. If the Sharks are able to get similar performances going forward it won’t take very long for his deal to become a steal.
Rangers trade Chad Kolarik to Pittsburgh for Benn Ferriero
The Rangers and Penguins swapped AHLers this week. The Rangers send Chad Kolarik to the Penguins for Benn Ferriero. Ferriero was immediately put in the Rangers lineup. After a distinguished college career and solid AHL success he could find a home with the Rangers. They’ve been mining the NCAA for years now, and no doubt have a thick book on Ferriero.
Stars sign Jamie Benn
The Dallas Stars locked up franchise cornerstone Jamie Benn to a five year deal worth 26.25 million dollars. Benn’s season debut will be Monday night if his visa paperwork goes through as expected Monday morning.
Benn’s contract is more of a bargain than those signed by contemporaries Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall. Hall and Eberle signed long term deals for six million a year. Benn will be coming in at a hair over five, but he will have the ability to hit free agency before either of the Oilers young stars which should give him the ability to maximize his earnings a little more.
The Stars anticipate that Benn will center Ray Whitney and Michael Ryder when he enters the lineup.
Flyers sign Mike Knuble
Mike Knuble returned to the Flyers on a one year deal. Knuble did the bulk of his damage as a pro in his four seasons with the Flyers in the middle of the last decade. In four years as a Flyer, Knuble scored 114 goals. He returns in a limited support role to, presumably, finish his career with one last shot at the Cup.
Oilers claim Niko Hovinen off waivers from Flyers
The final transaction of the week comes to us courtesy of the Oilers. Edmonton claimed goaltender Niko Hovinen off waivers from the Flyers. Hovinen has struggled this season in the ECHL with a save percentage that begins with an 8. 24 year old goalies struggling in the ECHL are covered in red flags, but he was very solid his last three years in Finland. The Oilers hope that, with some more experience, he could be useful depth.