Fantasy News Update: Colaiacovo, Brouwer, Doan, Murray, Huberdeau
(9/14/12) The Detroit Red Wings have made a free agent splash on the eve of the looming NHL lockout. Carlo Colaiacovo has entered the defensive fold for $5 million over 2 years. Colaiacovo was one of the final big-name unrestricted free agents hanging about on the open market.
He's played the past few seasons in St. Louis after being drafted by the Maple Leafs and developing in that organization for 5 years prior. He has a 30 point season under his belt from three years ago, but injuries have been a constant concern over his entire career.
The Red Wings are a perfect fit due to Detroit's loss of Lidstrom (retirement) and Stuart (trade). Colaiacovo slips in as either the number-3 or 4 D-man, and he should see time on the second PP unit; although, in our mind the rookie Brendan Smith has more upside and will challenge for that role. (Partial Source: Detroit Free Press)
The Washington Capitals have signed Troy Brouwer to an $11 million extension over 3-years. Thanks to Semin's exit, Brouwer suddenly finds himself in a top six forward role in the US Capital and if you've read the 2012-13 Regular Season Draft Guide you have a pretty good idea of what our thoughts are on him and his situation (sleeper pick).
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltending prospect, and likely backup in 2012-13, Ben Scrivens to a 2 year deal worth $1.25 million, which may indicate that the White Wizard is seemingly out of the Roberto Luongo sweepstakes. Luongo remains in limbo, although the Miami Herald has published an article discussing his Florida connections and possibilities. We suspect that the lockout will postpone any answers to this trivia question: where will Luongo play in 2012-13?
The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent top draft pick Ryan Murray (D) back to juniors. Junior seasons across Canada are about to get underway, and potential NHL rookies who are coming from the CHL will all likely get sent back so that they can stay fresh. Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) has also been sent back to the Sea Dogs.
Finally, Sportsnet is reporting that Shane Doan is expected to make an announcement today on where he will play this upcoming season. He reportedly will either stay in Phoenix, or join Vancouver. Undoubtedly, he is trying to beat the lockout deadline so that he isn't left dangling when negotiations come to a halt.
UPDATE: Shane Doan has officially signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. It's a 4 year deal worth $21.2 million (NHL.com), and - in our opinions - a fairly boring end to the drama that has dragged on all summer.