Summer of 2005

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel

Two days ago, I wrote about the busiest month in Capitals franchise history, August 2005. That month is quite likely the busiest in NHL history as well, at least as far as off-season months are concerned. Mere days after the official end of the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 NHL season, the 30 NHL GMs had very little time to assimilate the resulting collective bargaining agreement (some 600 pages in length) between the league and the Players' Association before they had to start putting it into practice. From the standpoint of hindsight, some of the activity of that month is startling. The Boston Bruins totaled more than 100 standings points in two of the last three seasons prior to the lockout that killed the 2004-05 season. Heading into the 2005-06 season, many prognosticators picked the B’s to be among the elite in the Eastern Conference again. But one terrible month proved to be Boston’s undoing. And that month came before the season even started. (Also, some of those prognosticators picked the B's to do well on the very basis of those August 2005 signings.) The Bruins signed a dozen players in August, 2005. Eight of those players were Boston’s own restricted or unrestricted free agents; four were unrestricted free agents on the open market. The deals bestowed on those 12 players came to 23 total years in term at an aggregate outlay of more than $70 million. Boston general manager Mike O’Connell must have realized the error of his ways fairly quickly. Two of the players he had signed to multi-year deals (Dave Scatchard and Joe Thornton) were dealt before the 2005-06 season was even half finished. Boston ended up buying out two of those other multi-year commitments (to Glen Murray and Travis Green) the team made that month. For the first two seasons after the lockout, the B’s did not reach the 80-point plateau. That hadn’t happened in Beantown since 1965-66 and 1966-67, the last two seasons of the Original Six era. Relatively speaking, Carolina and Edmonton were two of the more frugal teams from the summer of 2005. They went head to head for the Stanley Cup the following spring. A few things to remember before we look at what the other 29 NHL clubs did on their summer vacation in 2005: 1. The age required to become a free agent at the time was 31, not 26 as it is today. 2. The list includes restricted as well as unrestricted free agent signings. 3. Some of the players who signed merely accepted their qualifying offers. 4. The salary cap for the upcoming 2005-06 season was $39 million, more than $20 million less than it is today. 5. This was the pre-circumvention era. 6. Seat belts, please. Anaheim: 7/29/05: Re-signed Sandis Ozolinsh (two years, $5.5 million) 8/4/05: Re-signed Rob Niedermayer (four years, $8 million); signed Scott Niedermayer (four years, $27 million) 8/8/05: Signed Jason Marshall (one year, $450,000) 8/22/05: Signed Teemu Selanne (one year, $1 million) 8/24/05 Re-signed Sami Pahlsson (two years, $1.275 million) 8/25/05: Signed Craig Adams (one year, $465,000) Atlanta: 8/2/05: Signed Bobby Holik (three years, $12.75 million) 8/8/05: Signed Eric Boulton (one year, $500,000) 8/11/05: Re-signed Andy Sutton (two years, $3.8 million) and Brad Larsen (one year, $485,000) 8/16/05: Re-signed J.P. Vigier (one year, $450,000) 9/2/05: Signed Mike Dunham (one year, $750,000) 9/18/05: Signed Peter Bondra (one year, $505,000) Boston: 8/02/05: Re-signed Glen Murray (four years, $16.6 million); signed Shawn McEachern (one year, $1 million) and Dave Scatchard (four years, $8.4 million) 8/3/05: Signed Brian Leetch (one year, $4 million) 8/4/05: Signed Alexei Zhamnov (three years, $12.3 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Sergei Samsonov (one year, $2.774 million) and P.J. Axelsson (one year, $1.064 million) 8/11/05: Re-signed Joe Thornton (three years, $20 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Jiri Slegr (one year, $950,000) 8/15/05: Re-signed Brad Boyes (one year, $600,000) 8/17/05: Re-signed Travis Green (two years, $1.3 million) 8/30/05: Re-signed Hal Gill (one year, $1.6 million) Buffalo: 8/4/05: Signed Teppo Numminen (one year, $2 million); re-signed Taylor Pyatt (one year, ($990,000) 8/8/05: Re-signed Mike Grier (one year, $1.365 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Martin Biron (one year, $2.128 million), Ryan Miller (one year, $501,600) and Brian Campbell (one year, $459,800) 8/15/05: Re-signed Daniel Briere (one year, $1.938 million), Tim Connolly (one year, $1.037 million), Jochen Hecht (three years, $6.6 million), Maxim Afinogenov (one year, $1.087 million), J.P. Dumont (one year, $1.596 million), Ales Kotalik ($838,000), Jeff Jillson and Henrik Tallinder (one year, $592,000). Calgary: 8/2/05: Signed Tony Amonte (two years, $3.7 million) and Darren McCarty (one year, $800,000) 8/3/05: Re-signed Jarome Iginla (three years, $21 million) 8/4/05: Re-signed Jordan Leopold (two years, $2.3 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Andrew Ference (one year, $750,000) 8/11/05: Re-signed Steve Reinprecht (one year, $1.444 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Miikka Kiprusoff (two years, $6.4 million) and Rhett Warrener (three years, $6.9 million) 8/14/05: Signed Roman Hamrlik (two years, $7 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Chuck Kobasew (one year, $902,000) and Matthew Lombardi ($450,000) Carolina: 8/2/05: Signed Cory Stillman (three years, $5.25 million) 8/4/05: Signed Oleg Tverdovsky (three years, $7.5 million) 8/7/05: Signed Ray Whitney (two years, $3 million) 8/8/05: Signed Matt Cullen (one year, $668,800) 8/9/05: Re-signed Kevyn Adams (two years, $1.45 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Radim Vrbata (one year, $475,000) and Justin Williams (one year, $1,225,000) 8/12/05: Re-signed Erik Cole (one year, $1.14 million) and Jesse Boulerice (one year, $501,600) 8/15/05: Re-signed Bruno St. Jacques and Pavel Brendl (one year, $889,745) 8/16/05: Re-signed Glen Wesley (one year, $1 million) 8/18/05: Re-signed Josef Vasicek (two years, $2.3 million) Chicago: 8/2/05: Signed Adrian Aucoin (four years, $16 million) 8/4/05: Signed Martin Lapointe (three years, $7.2 million) and Jaroslav Spacek (one year, $2.25 million) 8/5/05: Signed Nikolai Khabibulin (four years, $27 million) and Jim Dowd (one year, $525,000) 8/10/05: Re-signed Mark Bell (one year, $1.064 million) 8/11/05: Re-signed Tyler Arnason (one year, $1.2 million) 8/23/05: Signed Todd Simpson (one year, $600,000) Colorado: 8/3/05: Signed Pierre Turgeon (two years, $3 million) and Patrice Brisebois (two years, $4.5 million) 8/4/05: Re-signed Alex Tanguay (one year, $3.23 million) and Kurt Sauer (one year, $718,200) 8/5/05: Signed Brad May (two years, $1.35 million) 8/6/05: Signed Andrew Brunette (two years, $1.6 million); re-signed Milan Hejduk (five years, $19.5 million) 8/9/05: Re-signed Karlis Skrastins (one year, $1.425 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Dan Hinote (one year, $643,720) and Marek Svatos (one year, $450,000) 8/16/05: Re-signed David Aebischer (one year, $1,900,000) 8/17/05: Signed Curtis Leschyshyn (one year, $500,000) 8/18/05: Re-signed Jon-Michael Liles (one year, $450,000) Columbus: 8/2/05: Signed Adam Foote (three years, $13.8 million) 8/3/05: Signed Bryan Berard (two years, $5 million) 8/8/05: Re-signed Rick Nash (five years, $27 million) 8/10/05: Signed Jan Hrdina (one year, $1.05 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Rostislav Klesla (one year, $943,635) and Pascal Leclaire (one year, $627,000) Dallas: 7/31/05: Re-signed Sergei Zubov (three years, $12 million) 8/3/05: Re-signed Mike Modano (five years, $17.25 million) 8/3/05: Signed Martin Skoula (two years, $3.15 million) 8/5/05: Signed Johan Hedberg (one year, $600,000) 8/6/05: Signed Stephane Robidas (two years, $1.1 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Niko Kapanen (one year, $450,000) and Steve Ott (one year, $582,960) 8/15/05: Re-signed restricted free agent Jason Arnott (one year, $2,926,000) 819/05: Re-signed restricted free agent Brenden Morrow (two years, $4.1 million) Detroit: 8/4/05: Re-signed Chris Chelios (one year, $850,000) and Mathieu Schneider (two years, $6.6 million) 8/8/05: Re-signed Chris Osgood (one year, $900,000) 8/9/05: Re-signed Steve Yzerman (one year, $1.25 million) 8/16/05: Re-signed Jason Williams (one year, $450,000) 8/24/05: Signed Andreas Lilja (one year, $650,000) 8/26/05: Re-signed Niklas Kronwall (two years, $1.98 million) 9/18/05: Signed Mikael Samuelsson (one year, $537,500) Edmonton: 8/5/05: Re-signed Jussi Markkanen (two years, $1.7 million) and Igor Ulanov (one year, $900,000) 8/10/05: Re-signed Marty Reasoner (one year, $650,000) and Jarret Stoll (one year, $501,600) 8/15/05: Re-signed Ales Hemsky (one year, $901,740) 8/16/05: Re-signed Raffi Torres (two years, $1.75 million) 8/19/05: Re-signed Shawn Horcoff (one year, $1 million) Florida: 8/1/05: Signed Joe Nieuwendyk (two years, $4.5 million) and Gary Roberts (two years, $4.5 million) 8/2/05: Signed Martin Gelinas (two years, $1.9 million) and Joel Kwiatkowski (two years, $950,000) 8/12/05: Signed Chris Gratton (one year, $900,000) 8/12/05: Re-signed Stephen Weiss (one year, $610,280), Kristian Huselius (one year, $1.216 million) and Niklas Hagman (one year, $643,318) 8/15/05: Re-signed Juraj Kolnik (one year, $450,000) 8/17/05: Signed Jozef Stumpel (two years, $3.25 million) Los Angeles: 7/25/05: Re-signed Luc Robitaille (one year, $1 million) 8/2/05: Signed Pavol Demitra (three years, $13.5 million) 8/8/05: Re-signed Eric Belanger (one year, $758,100) 8/10/05: Re-signed Mike Cammalleri (one year, $857,850) 8/12/05: Re-signed Alexander Frolov (five years, $14.5 million) 8/12/05: Signed Valeri Bure (one year, $1.5 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Joe Corvo (one year, $668,800) Minnesota: 7/29/05: signed Alexandre Daigle (one year, $850,000) 8/1/05: Signed Andrei Nazarov (one year, $625,000) 8/3/05: Re-signed Marc Chouinard (one year, $650,000) and Manny Fernandez (one year, $1.672 million) 8/9/05: Re-signed Willie Mitchell (one year, $1.35 million) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (one year, $950,000) 8/10/05: Re-signed Andrei Zyuzin (one year, $1.25 million) 8/15/05: Signed Daniel Tjarnqvist (one year, $700,000) Montreal: 8/2/05: Re-signed Francis Bouillon (one year, $600,000) 8/3/05: Re-signed Alex Kovalev (four years, $18 million), signed Mathieu Dandenault (four years, $6.9 million) 8/8/05: Re-signed Pierre Dagenais (one year, $550,000) 8/11/05: Re-signed Mike Ribeiro (one year, $1.178 million) and Mike Komisarek (one year, $901,740) 8/12/05: Re-signed Jan Bulis (one year, $1.026 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Saku Koivu (one year, $3.42 million) and Marcel Hossa (one year, $585,200) 8/25/05: Re-signed Andrei Markov (two years, $3.5 million) 9/2/05: Re-signed Jose Theodore (three years, $16 million) Nashville: 8/4/05: Re-signed Mark Eaton (one year, $700,000) 8/5/05: Signed Paul Kariya (two years, $9 million) 8/6/05: Signed Scott Nichol (two years, $1.05 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Scott Hartnell (one year, $1 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed David Legwand (one year, $1.349 million) 8/16/05: Re-signed Steve Sullivan (four years, $12.8 million) and Dan Hamhuis (one year, $901,740) 8/19/05: Signed Randy Robitaille (one year, $475,000) 8/29/05: Re-signed Martin Erat (one year, $875,000) New Jersey: 8/4/05: Re-signed Brian Rafalski (two years, $8.4 million), signed Dan McGillis (two years, $4.4 million) and Vladimir Malakhov (two years, $7.2 million) 8/11/05: Re-signed Jamie Langenbrunner (one year, $1,655,130) 8/12/05: Re-signed Jeff Friesen (one year, $2.28 million), Scott Gomez (one year, $2.204 million) and Viktor Kozlov (one year, $1.748 million) 8/13/05: Re-signed Sean Brown (one year, $450,000) 8/16/05: Re-signed Alexander Mogilny (two years, $7 million) 8/17/05: Re-signed Brian Gionta (one year, $627,000) 8/18/05: Re-signed Colin White (one year. $1.71 million) 8/19/05: Re-signed David Hale (one year $502,000) 8/23/05: Re-signed Paul Martin (one year, $502,000) New York Islanders: 8/2/05: Signed Alexei Zhitnik (four years, $14 million) 8/3/05: Signed Miroslav Satan (three years, $12.765 million) 8/11/05: Signed Brad Lukowich (two years, $2 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Mattias Weinhandl (one year, $600,000) 8/13/05: Re-signed Trent Hunter (one year, $1 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Oleg Kvasha (one year, $1.178 million), Arron Asham (one year, $627,000) and Radek Martinek (one year, $575,000) 8/19/05: Signed Joel Bouchard (one year, $450,000) 8/22/05: Re-signed Shawn Bates (one year, $877,800) New York Rangers: 8/2/05: Signed Marek Malik (three years, $7.5 million) and Martin Straka (one year, $3 million), re-signed Kevin Weekes (two years, $3.9 million) 8/3/05: Re-signed Martin Rucinsky (one year, $3 million) 8/4/05: Signed Ville Niemenen (one year, $700,000) and Jason Ward (two years, $1.275 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Tom Poti (one year, $2.356 million) 8/18/05: Re-signed Jamie Lundmark (one year, $550,000) Ottawa: 8/10/05: Re-signed Mike Fisher (three years, $4.5 million) and Martin Havlat (one year, $2.6 million) 8/11/05: Re-signed Ray Emery (one year, $450,000) 8/12/05: Re-signed Jason Spezza (one year, $1.1 million), Antoine Vermette (one year, $564,300), Chris Neil (one year, $585,200), Anton Volchenkov (two years, $2.6 million) and Christoph Schubert (one year, $450,000) Philadelphia: 8/2/05: Signed Jon Sim (one year, $450,000), Derian Hatcher (four years, $14 million), Mike Rathje (five years, $17.5 million) and Chris Therien (one year, $500,000) 8/3/05: Signed Peter Forsberg (two years, $11.5 million) 8/9/05: Re-signed Simon Gagne (one year, $2 million), Branko Radivojevic (one year, $551,760), Patrick Sharp (one year, $450,000) and Kim Johnsson (one year, $2.2 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Robert Esche (two years, $2 million) and Dennis Seidenberg (one year, $450,000) 9/15/05: Signed Brian Savage (one year, $500,000) Phoenix: 8/2/05: Re-signed Brian Boucher (one year, $900,000) 8/11/05: Re-signed Derek Morris (one year, $2.66 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Krys Kolanos (one year, $722,000) 8/17/05: Signed Curtis Joseph (one year, $900,000) 8/22/05: Signed Paul Mara (one year, $1.775 million) Pittsburgh: 8/3/05: Signed Sergei Gonchar (five years, $25 million) 8/4/05: Signed Andre Roy (three years, $3 million) 8/8/05: Signed Ziggy Palffy (three years, $13.5 million) 8/15/05: Signed John LeClair (one year, $2.1 million) and Steve Poapst (one year, $500,000) 8/15/05: Re-signed Josef Melichar (two years, $1.45 million) 8/16/05: Re-signed Konstantin Koltsov (one year, $627,000) 8/27/05: Accepted Dick Tarnstrom arbitration award, (one year, $1.6 million) 9/1/05: Re-signed Ryan Malone (one year, $750,000) 9/2/05: Signed Lyle Odelein (one year, $500,000) St. Louis: 8/9/05: Re-signed Bryce Salvador (three years, $4.2 million) and Eric Boguniecki ($501,600) 8/9/05: Signed Dean McAmmond (one year, $925,000) 8/11/05: Re-signed Mark Rycroft (one year, $450,000) and Ryan Johnson ($585,200) 8/15/05: Re-signed Jamal Mayers (two years, $1.8 million) 9/14/05: Signed Scott Young (one year, $750,000) San Jose: 8/9/05: Re-signed Nils Ekman (two years, $2.2 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Wayne Primeau (two years, $2.25 million) and Tom Preissing (two years, $1.1 million) 8/11/05: Re-signed Kyle McLaren (three years, $6.9 million) and Niko Dimitrakos (two years, $1.3 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Patrick Marleau (three years, $12.5 million), Marco Sturm (two years, $4.1 million) and Brad Stuart (two years, $4.3 million) 9/12/05: Signed Josh Langfeld (one year, $525,000) Tampa Bay: 7/28/05: Re-signed Tim Taylor (two years, $1.45 million) and Martin Cibak (one year, $450,000) 7/30/05: Re-signed Ruslan Fedotenko (one year, $1.3 million) 8/5/05: Re-signed Nolan Pratt (two years, $1.3 million) 8/9/05: Re-signed Dan Boyle (three years, $10 million) 8/9/05: Signed Sean Burke (two years, $3.2 million) and Rob DiMaio (two years, $957,500) 8/16/05: Re-signed Vincent Lecavalier (11 years, $85 million) 8/24/05: Re-signed Martin St. Louis (six years, $31.5 million) 8/25/05: Re-signed Dave Andreychuk (one year, $800,000) Toronto: 8/5/05: Re-signed Tie Domi (one year, $1.25 million) 8/5/05: Signed Jason Allison (one year, $1.5 million) 8/10/05: Signed Alexander Khavanov (one year, $1.25 million) 8/10/05: Re-signed Wade Belak (two years, $1.24 million) and Aki Berg (one year, $1.064 million) 8/11/05: Signed Eric Lindros (one year, $1.55 million) 8/12/05: Re-signed Nik Antropov (one year, $1.007 million) and Clarke Wilm (one year, $450,000) 8/18/05: Signed J-S Aubin (one year, $500,000) 9/9/05: Signed Mariusz Czerkawski (one year, $500,000) Vancouver: 8/3/05: Re-signed Markus Naslund (three years, $18 million) 8/5/05: Re-signed Brendan Morrison (three years, $9.6 million) 8/9/05: Signed Richard Park (one year, $750,000) 8/10/05: Re-signed Daniel Sedin (one year, $1.25 million) and Henrik Sedin (one year, $1.25 million) 8/15/05: Re-signed Sami Salo (two years, $3 million) and Bryan Allen (one year, $941,411) 8/17/05: Signed Anson Carter (one year, $1 million) 8/18/05: Re-signed Dan Cloutier (two years, $5 million) 8/24/05: Re-signed Mattias Ohlund (four years, $14 million) 9/1/05: Re-signed Jarkko Ruutu (one year, $600,000)

next up:

Green Bluelines and Dog Days

January 14, 2013

We’re finally into the back nine of another summer that’s longer than we’d like it to be. Less than a month from now, we’ll have practices and scrimmages to write about. Until then, we’ll look forward a bit and look back a lot. Over the course of the summer to date, we’ve spent some time in this


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