Admirals Welcome Many New Facesby Wendal Spark | November 4, 2011, 9:31 PM ET
The Admirals bolstered their ranks in all positions. A weakness last season was depth; injuries cost them some games and overall just looking to improve.
Key New Faces:
Chris Pronger: Veteran defenseman brought in for a strong season. Mentoring Brent Burns was one of the main reasons the GM felt like bringing him in. With a defensive unit featuring Pronger, Timmonen, Burns, Gleason, Hannan, McCable, Quincey, Corvo, Carkner brings a talented group on the back end to guard over a young goaltending duo.
Mikael Samuelsson: Depth on the wings. Samuelsson brings an offensive aspect to the wing hoping to improve his numbers from last year.
Sergei Bobrovsky: Admirals paid a hefty price to bring in a rookie goalie. After losing 3 1st round picks for #1 Goalie Jimmy Howard last off season with their former GM; As the Admirals had shipped out the potential of James Reimer, they wanted to pick up another young goalie with potential. Planning on running with a Bobrovsky/Howard split, makes them one of the most expensive duos in the league. Former 1st rounde Rick DiPietro's Admirals future could be in question with a move like this.
Resigned - Returning Admirals:
Mario Bliznak: Prospect brought back for center depth. Bought last year for some cash.
Chris Mason: Looks to be bound for the minors fighting for time with DiPietro and Khudobin. Constant competition and good goaltending depth incase any injuries occur to the young pro duo.
Anssi Salmela: 4 years Sebastien Piche: 4 years Justin Taylor: 4 years Robert Mayer: 4 years Linus Klasen: 4 years Matt Dalton: 4 years Adam Huxley: 4 years Antoine Roussel: 4 years Ryan Schnell: 4 years Michael Davies: 4 years Michael Neal: 4 years Harry Young: 4 years Zach Cohen: 2 years Justin Hodgman: 2 years Luke Gazdic: 4 years Michael Swift: 4 years Brayden Irwin: 3 years Aaron Voros: 3 years Trent Whitfield: 1 year