Monday, July 8, 2013
Former College Players Changing Clubs in NHL Free Agency
There's already been quite a bit of activity on the NHL free agent front involving former NCAA players, with this year's transaction derby having begun on Friday.
Regarding defensemen, Joe Corvo (Western Michigan) has signed with Ottawa after most recently skating with Carolina, while Mike Komisarek (Michigan) went to Carolina from Toronto. Rob Scuderi (Boston College) has returned to Pittsburgh after winning the Stanley Cup last year in Los Angeles, while former college teammate and 2000 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Mike Mottau is off to Florida after playing with Toronto.
Concerning forwards, Viktor Stalberg (Vermont) is going from the current Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to Ottawa, while Eric Nystrom (Michigan) will join Nashville after playing in Dallas. Tyler Bozak (Denver) chose to re-sign with Toronto, while Ryan Jones (Miami) re-upped with Edmonton. Dominic Moore (Harvard) will join the New York Rangers from San Jose, while Jack Skille (Wisconsin) will suit up for Columbus after last playing with Florida.
Amongst goaltenders, Yann Danis (Brown) jumped from Edmonton to Philadelphia, while Dan Ellis (Nebraska-Omaha) is headed to Dallas from Carolina. Richard Bachman (Colorado College) will set up shop in Edmonton after getting his NHL start in Dallas, while David Leggio (Clarkson) will look to crack Washington's rotation after leaving Buffalo.
A complete list of NHL free agent signings to date can be found here.