There are things we can do with free agency and determining quick fantasy impact is just one of them. The goal of this list was simple. One, we have to be quick and two, it will be easy to understand. Hopefully that is the case anyway. Our list was from some of the more prevalent free agent signings so far through five days of free agency.
Also, we have the list in three parts -- Forwards, Defense, and Goaltending. Debates are expected and battles likely to erupt. Please keep in mind that again, this is a very concise excursion here.
Zach Parise (NJD) -- Parise signing a deal with the Minnesota Wild was a life changer. Parise being paired with a guy like Mikko Koivu is intriguing but Koivu's career high in points is only 71 and never has topped 22 goals in a season. Parise spent most of the year playing with Ilya Kovalchuk. Even if they team with an aging before our eyes Danny Heatley, it just seems that Parise will have a tough time getting too much above 80 points this year. Fantasy wise that grades out to an A-.
P.A. Parenteau (COL) -- Parenteau got a nice 4 year, $16 million dollar deal with Colorado and the Avs have to be giddy about this one. It is understandable how so many think Parenteau was just uber inflated by John Tavares. However, at least 52% of Parenteau's points came when Tavares was not on the ice. The fact that he could be playing with a rejuvenated Matt Duchene and maybe Paul Stastny means another productive season around 60 points. For the money, that gets a nice grade of a B+.
Jaromir Jagr (PHI) -- Granted Jagr was a bit injury prone last season with a wonky groing but the guy had a 50+ point season nonetheless. What does he do at age 40? Honestly he makes a perfect mentor to Jamie Benn. If Claude Giroux's season was any indication, Benn owners will be very happy and honestly Jagr owners will be pleasantly surprised when he tops 50 points again but a warning, expect him only to average 14:30 to 15:30 of ATOI. That is why we give this one only a B.
Steve Sullivan (PHX) -- There is always something about a signing in Phoenix that goes a little under the fantasy radar. While Sullivan may not quite hit 50 points in Phoenix, do not be surprised if he fits right in. The tough part about gauging what he will actually do just depends on what line he will be placed on. If he tops 40 points, one has to consider it to be quite the successful gamble. Sullivan is a whiz on the man advantage and Phoenix was one of the bottom teams in the league last year. This is one we give just a B-.
Olli Jokinen (WPG) -- Jokinen was brought in to solidify things and to be a good pivot for their second line and maybe first. Here is the problem. While Jokinen is an experienced guy, he is not playing with Jarome Iginla anymore. His best days were with Florida and they always will be. His experience is very useful but his production just will be a bit of a struggle to get much above 50 points. Winnipeg for $4.5 million had better options and more potent choices at that. It is why we gave them a C+ at least fantasy wise.
Ryan Suter (MIN) -- The problem when the high profile forward and defenseman sign with the same team is simply how do you gauge the guy who got the same amount of money who is not worth the same? It is tough no doubt about it. While Suter is not a power play QB, he can be effective on the man advantage. He does not necessarily have all the tools of a 1A but is going to ba called on to do it now. The question is can he with the red bullseye on his head and no Shea Weber to help him? We are all going to find out. For a guy who has never topped 50 points or 10 goals, this is going to be interesting. Fantasy wise we give this a B. For the term and money, it gets a C-.
Matt Carle (TBL) -- Here is another head scratcher for fantasy fans on the surface as Carle gets $33 million over six years despite never topping 42 points in a year and playing less defense than Suter. Let's be honest. Carle was victimized by New Jersey quite a bit in Round 2 of the playoffs and it was for all the world to see. Yet, Tampa gives him a pretty big contract for the potential to be on their top defensive pairing and power play unit (which is intriguing). Playing with a unit like St. Louis, Lecavalier, and Stamkos is too good to pass up. The fantasy aspect is the only thing that makes Carle close to worth the overpay. Carle could come close to 50 points but defensively its just good to be average or slightly above average. This also gets a B.
Jason Garrison (VAN) -- The Canucks lost Salo and then signed Garrison which had to be somewhat of a knee-jerk move right? Okay let's get back to everyone on that one. Here is the thing. No one knows what Garrison will do with the Sedin Twins for example. There are lots of variable involved. Garrison benefitted greatly from playing with Brian Campbell and as a result tallied nine power play goals out of his 16 on the year. The question is this. Is Garrison on the cusp of an even bigger breakout or did Vancouver gamble poorly? While he is not going to turn into some super 55-60 point player, there is enough to suggest that Garrison can average 10 power play goals a year in Vancouver potentially. We give this one overall only a B- because of all the speculation, both negative and positive.
Martin Brodeur (NJD) -- Actually this is the only player on our little list that signed with the same team. The reason why he even tested the market was because he wanted a second year on the deal. He got year two and the deed was done. The 31-21-4 record with a 2.41 GAA and .908 save percentage is pretty good but not for fantasy purposes. There is a problem when one looks at Brodeur's second half numbers (.919 save percentage) and then a 14-9 playoff run. Which Brodeur do fantasy owners get? Do they get the guy from the last two years who was brutal in the first half or will we see vintage Brodeur for more of the season? It could be a little of Column A and Column B which means expect another 30 win season but average numbers and a slightly above average second half. We give this one a C+ fantasy wise and a buyer beware as better options exist even in the middle of goalie rankings.
Well that does it for now....stay tuned for more of these little "fantasy impacto" vignettes.