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2010 NHL free agency: Today's pile of depth signings

Jul 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

There’s often way too many smaller signings that fly under the radar that even get by us sometimes. Instead of playing it like we’ve got Vesa Toskala-like skills, here’s a wrap up of everything that’s come through today signing-wise. If we don’t get too in depth on these signings, don’t hold it against us too much. A lot of these guys won’t see much, if any, NHL time next season unless there’s an injury epidemic.

Kings re-sign Marc-Andre Cliche: If you know the Stone Temple Pilots song “Ride The Cliche” it’s now stuck in your head.

Stars sign three defensemen: The main name here is former Cup-winning Star Brad Lukowich. Trevor Ludwig makes me think of former Stars shotblocker Craig Ludwig. Maxime Fortunus has one of the best names in hockey.

Oilers sign former Habs forward Greg Stewart: Stewart is a bruiser and energy line type of guy. Oklahoma City will love him.

Blues sign T.J. Hensick to a one-year extension: The Blues love guys with shortened names.  They’ve got  T.J. (Hensick, Oshie, Fast) B.J. (Crombeen) and D.J. (King).

Predators sign Jamie Lundmark: Another nice center depth signing for the Predators.

Penguins sign defenseman Corey Potter: Potter was in the Rangers system before. Expect him in Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Sabres sign defenseman/enforcer Tim Conboy: Conboy is one big, angry dude. He’d fight a broom for looking at him funny.

Red Wings re-sign defenseman Sergei Kolosov: Kolosov has yet to get a whiff of action in the NHL, but he did play for Belarus in the Olympics, so he’s got that going for him.

Lightning re-sign forward Paul Szczechura: If you can spell his last name without looking it up, you get a free pass into the National Spelling Bee.

  1. Josh - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    I guess Conboy to the Sabres makes sense, given they are kind of a finesse offensive team that lacks any protection for the assets. He sure does get in a lot of fights…but he doesn’t win very many of them! I believe Conboy’s real value lies in the fact that: 1. he’ll accept an assignment to the minors if need be 2. he can play either forward or defense and he isn’t horrible at either. Pretty decent guy to have around, really.

  2. Son of Darren Banks - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    As Josh suggests, conboy would promptly lose to that broomstick. It may be best if he picked a household cleaning item that can’t hit back. Maybe start with one of those cloth things you use on the end of swifters.

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