Brett Clark’s chance to make the Florida Panthers roster is at an end.
The team released Clark from his professional try-out agreement in their latest round of roster cuts. The 36-year-old veteran of 14 seasons was looking to latch on with the Panthers after a brief stint with the Minnesota Wild last year.
In Minnesota, Clark played just eight games finishing with one assists and a minus-9 plus-minus rating. He averaged just over 14 minutes of ice time.
Through his career he’s had stops in Montreal, Atlanta, Colorado, and Tampa Bay to go along with his short stop in Minnesota. He joins Ian White in the free agent pool after he was released from his try-out with Winnipeg yesterday.
The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration with defenseman Brendan Smith. As first reported by the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, club and player have agreed on a two-year deal worth $2.525 million.
Wings general manager Ken Holland has confirmed the news.
Smith, 24, had zero goals and eight assists in 34 regular-season games this past season. He then added a pair of goals and three assists in 14 playoff contests while averaging 19:08 of ice time.
The Wings drafted Smith 27th overall in 2007 and have slowly brought him along, as they tend to do with their prospects.
He’ll be expected to take another step in his development next year after the Wings bid adieu to veteran d-men Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo.
Smith was the only Wings player to file for arbitration; however, the club still has restricted free agents Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist to sign.
Yesterday was a monster day for signings as free agency kicked off. As you’ll see in our free agent tracker, there were a lot of players finding new addresses to play next season.
Not everyone is off the board yet and there are quite a few big names still left to be had. Who might we see go this weekend? Soak it in.
The best value and talent might be found amongst the forwards with these five standing out:
You’d have to think for Selanne it’s Anaheim or retirement, but hey, Daniel Alfredsson showed you can do whatever you want and probably get a lot of grief for it.
If you’re itching for a defenseman or goalie, things get a bit riskier there.
Amongst the blue liners, there’s Marek Zidlicky, Douglas Murray, Ryan Whitney, Joe Corvo, Wade Redden, and Ian White. Each player has a role they fill, but you’re not changing the outlook of your team with them.
The same could be said of the goalies left to pick from: Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Jose Theodore, and Johan Hedberg are still out there.
If a solid backup is what you need, Hedberg or Theodore is your man. If you want to shake up the ranks, however, Bryz and Thomas are as good as it gets.