Fansided Friday: Free Agent Edition

  It is Friday, and most people are looking forward to the weekend, especially the die hard hockey fan.  Not only is this the weekend before the Fourth of July holiday, its the start of the NHL Free Agency period on Sunday. 

Today, we are going to take a look around the Fansided Sports Network and share five articles from around the league taking a look at Free Agency. 

Some big deals have happened already, and the top names on the market are surely going to land some big contracts.  How will the impending CBA negotiations change the way general managers figure deals?  We will find out for sure on Sunday!

Any rumors that tied Sidney Crosby going to a Canadien team to finish his career playing for a home country team can be laid to rest, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have locked him up on a deal that should keep him in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career.  I am surprised that the Pens signed a 12 year deal with the oft concussed superstar – but they are hoping that the worst is behind Sid the Kid and that there are a few more championship runs left in him.  Like Jonathan Quick in LA – Sid the Kid can’t put pen to paper until Sunday, but both deals are in place and ready. 

The Washington Capitals knew that Sunday would be the last day that Dennis Wideman would call himself a Washington Capital, so instead of letting him get away for nothing, they found a dance partner in the Calgary Flames

Last season the Florida Panthers restocked their team and made the playoffs for the first time in a decade or so.  This season, the Florida Panthers seem like the favorite to get Robert Luongo, but what else will the Panthers do to ensure there recent playoff success is not a one and done?

Former Buffalo Sabre Marc-Andre Gragnani is done in Vancouver after being traded there on trade deadline day.  Could he end up in Edmonton when free agency opens up on Sunday?

If there is a major free agent battle to be had, you can bet that the New York Rangers are in on the sweepstakes.  Justin Schultz provides the Boys of Broadway that opportunity this year. 

Keep it tuned in to the Fansided Sports Network on Sunday as Free Agency Opens up.  Trade rumors and Free agents will be the topics all weekend!

Tags: Calgary Flames Dennis Wideman Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Free Agency Jonathan Quick Justin Schultz Los Angeles Kings Marc-andre Gragnani New York Rangers NHL Nhl Free Agency Pittsburgh Penguins Robert Luongo Sidney Crosby Washington Capitals

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