Friday, August 05, 2005


So far it appears the big winners and major movers and shakers in the free agency market are the small market and non-playoff teams. They've driven most of the deals, with the notable exception of Philadelphia.

Today Paul Kariya leaves to join the Nashville Predators- 2-year deal. He was rumored to be considering going to Edmonton and that Kevin Lowe was about to pull off another one of his big deals, but this is good news for the Predators, who needed to keep up with the rest of the league. Last time the NHL played, the Predators barely beat out the Oilers to get into the playoffs.

Nicolai Khabibulin also moves, leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Chicago Blackhawks. So the Cup-winning Lightning now have a big hole in net. And the Leafs finally signed somebody: Jason Allison. Woo hoo!

It's still not over, Eric Lindros still out there along with a few other big names.

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