As mentioned on Working the Corners, the Sharks signed Thomas Greiss to a two year contract recently. It’s nice to have a familiar face return, though it isn’t just a social call. The contract is two-way for the first year, so he may well spend some time in Worcester. Additionally, if one of the Finns is injured, the team has a familiar and more seasoned backup to turn to. That’s a relief. Last year was a little hairy.
The Goalie Guild is pretty high on Alex Stalock, but as I’ve tried to tell him repeatedly, Stalock isn’t expected back soon. Though Wilson has expressed confidence that Stalock will have a full recovery, it’s one of those things that takes a lot of time.
I’m no doctor but when a nerve is severed, even if it can be repaired surgically, the wiring takes time to really start working again. Then you have basic reconditioning, and then retraining, then… it’s just a long, slow process, and I imagine no one really knows for quite a while whether the recovery will be complete or not.
So, get well ASAP, Stalock, and welcome back, Greiss.
Most of the 2010-11 Sharks turned UFAs now have new spots for next season. The exception is Kyle Wellwood, who several fans would not mind seeing in teal again. That he has not signed anywhere leaves us in limbo for now. It also leaves the team with a comfortable bit of cap space and some room for another forward.
Here’s where everyone else is going:
- Scott Nichol (1 year @ $700,000) and Kent Huskins (1 year @ $1,000,000) have signed with the St. Louis Blues.
- Ian White has signed with the Detroit Red Wings, 2 years @$2,875,000.
- Ben Eager will be with the Edmonton Oilers for 3 years @ $1,100,000.
- Jamal Mayers is joining the Chicago Blackhawks for 1 year @ $550,000.
The NHL UFAs that the Flyers didn’t re-sign are:
- Sean O’Donnell (1 year @ $850,000) and Daniel Carcillo (1 year @ $775,000) have signed with the Blackhawks.
- Ville Leino signed a whale of a contract (compared to what people expected and what the Flyers offered him) with the Buffalo Sabres. I’ve already mentioned that but it deserves repeating: 6 years @ $4,500,000.
- Brian Boucher signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, 2 years @ $950,000.
The Flyers have also signed Tye McGinn (Jamie’s younger brother) to a three-year entry-level contract. That makes me happy. At some point I may stop being cranky with Holmgren about those other moves, but I’m not sure when.