Free agent frenzy live blog

July 1, 2012, by

Well, the day has arrived. It is July 1, and the Rangers are currently at $50.4 million in payroll with 16 (17 if you include Michael Del Zotto) players under contract. The Rangers need at least one scorer, depth on defense (right-handed shot), and fourth line depth among the forwards. There are plenty of UFA names out there, with the biggest being Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but there are others like Shane Doan that might fit into the Rangers plans. Don’t forget to check out our free agency round table below to get all of our thoughts.

As the UFA names begin to drop, the trade market will also likely open up as well. The Rangers are rumored to be in on talks for Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash, but a deal will only be made if the asking price drops. Keith Yandle is also an attractive piece that is available.

Follow us after the jump for up-to-date signings and contracts for every move made today. Moves the Rangers make will be in bold.

Before noon:

  • The Panthers re-signed goaltender Scott Clemmensen to a 2-year, $2.4 million ($1.2 million per year) deal.
  • The Oilers have re-signed Ryan Smyth to a 2-year deal worth $2.25 million per year.
  • The Hurricanes have signed Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract. This is the same contract he turned down from Pittsburgh.
  • Zach Parise will hit the open market, and the Rangers do not expect to sign him.
  • Shane Doan and Ryan Suter likely won’t make decisions today.

12:00 – Tampa has re-signed Benoit Pouliot, 1 year, $1.8 million.

12:02 – Flyers have signed goalie Michael Leighton to a 1 year, $900,000 deal.

12:09 – Carolina re-ups Brett Sutter, 1 year, $550,000 ($105,000 in the AHL).

12:18 – Winnipeg re-signs Derek Meech, 1 year, $700,000 ($105,000 in the AHL). Yea, it’s been slow so far.

12:35 – Detroit has signed Jonas Gustavsson to a 2 year contract, worth $1.5 million a year.

12:38 – Phoenix signs David Moss to a 2 year contract.

12:50 – John Mitchell signs with Detroit Colorado (my bad) for 2 years, $1.1 million a year. Good for him.

12:54 – Greg Rallo (I have no idea who he is) re-signed with Florida. S/t to Tim B in the comments.

1:00 – Matt Carkner signs with Colorado.


1:09 – Rangers re-sign Stu Bickel for 2 years, $750,000 a year.

1:10 – Carolina signs goalie Justin Peters (2 years) and defenseman Joe Corvo (1 year – $2 million).

1:15 – Senators sign defenseman Mike Lundin.

1:21 – Pittsburgh signs Jeff Zatkoff.

1:26 – Minnesota signs Zenon Konopka to a 2 year dea ($925k per)l. So much for that.

1:29 – Ottawa will sign Guillaume Latendresse if he passes a physical (1 year, $1.2 million).

1:30 – Minnesota also signs Torrey Mitchell (3 years, $1.9 million per).

1:40 – Montreal signs Colby Armstrong (1 year, $1 million)

1:44 – So much for Ray Whitney. He goes to Dallas on a 2 (!!) year deal worth $4.5 million a year. Two years is one year too many for Whitney, who is 40.

1:47 – Brad Staubitz signs with Anaheim, 2 years.

1:56 – Adam Burish signs with San Jose, 4 years, $1.8 million per.

1:57 – Islanders sign Brad Boyes, 1 year, $1 million.

2:07 – Columbus signs goalie Curtis McElhinney.

2:08 – Pittsburgh signs Riley Holzapfel (1 year) and Steve MacIntyre (2 years).

2:10 – Matt Carkner signs with the Islanders for 3 years($1.5 million per). Super.

2:34 – The Rangers have signed Arron Asham, 2 years, $1 million. Brandon Prust is likely gone.

2:38 – Pittsburgh signs Tanner Glass, 2 years, $1.1 million.

2:49 – Florida signs Filip Kuba, 2 years, $4 million per.

3:02 – Columbus trades Mark Methot to Ottawa for Nick Foligno.

3:03 – Phoenix signs Chad Johnson. So long Dos-Nueve.

3:04 – Dustin Penner stays in LA for 1  year, $3 million. Surprised that he took a pay cut.

3:09 – Kris Newbury re-ups with the Rangers for 2 years (2 way deal).

3:13 – Francois Boullion signs with the Habs, 1 year, $1.5 million.

3:26 – Rangers sign Michael Haley (formerly of the Isles) to a 2 year deal (2 way contract).

3:28 – Canadiens sign Brandon Prust to a 4 (!!!) year deal worth $10 million ($2.5 million per year). So long Prust, good luck.

3:42 – Greg Zanon signs with Colorado, 2 years, $2.25 million per.

3:52 – Blackhawks sign Sheldon Brookbank, 2 years.

3:59 – Alexei Ponikarovsky to Winnipeg, 1 year, $1.8 million.

4:02 – George Parros to Florida, 2 years.

4:06 – Darcy Hordichuk re-ups with Edmonton; Islanders add Eric Boulton.

4:12 – P.A. Parenteau goes to Colorado for a whopping 4 years, $16 million.

4:16 – Chris Mason re-ups with Nashville, 1 year, $1.25 million.

4:19 – Taylor Chorney signs with the Blues, 1 year at league minimum.

4:34 – Adrian Aucoin goes to Columbus for 1 year, $2 million.

5:30 – Jay McClement heads to Toronto, 2 years, $3 million. Sami Salo heads to Tampa Bay for 2 years $7.5 million. Columbus signed Jonathan Audy-Marchessault to an ELC.

7:30 – Mikael Samuelsson (Detroit – 2 yrs/$6 million), Bryan Allen (Anaheim – 3 yrs/$10.5 million), Jordin Tootoo (Detroit – 3 yrs, $1.9 million) all signed.


  1. Rickyrants13 says:

    Why is that you guys never mention Penner, He would be huge in Blue. With many guys allready resigned on the B list of FAs Penner is now the top off draw. After Parise…

    We could still go after Doan, Pyatt, konopka, Kostitsyn or Wellwood. And also make a trade for Kane.

  2. Tim B says:

    Greg Rallo re-signed with Florida a few minutes ago

    • Dave says:

      Who is Greg Rallo?

      • Tim B says:

        He is a center. He plays on the San Antonio Rampage. He made his NHL debut this past season. In the AHL this year he posted GP: 72 G: 22 A: 20 Points: 42 PIM: 18. He had 2 assists in 4 gamed in the playoffs this past year.

        • Dave says:

          Not terrible. Depth player for them.

          • Tim B says:

            yeah. Btw i got that off TSN Ca’s website under the free agent tracker. It is reported that it’s a 1 year deal the salary is unknown

            • Dave says:

              Probably just one of those “you played well, do it again and you’ll get a better deal” type of signings.

  3. Justin says:

    I like the Gustavsson signing for Detroit. Considering Howard is grossly underpaid and has workhorse potential, I think its a nice little gamble.

    • Dave says:

      He has less pressure too since he’s not expected to be the main guy.

      • Justin says:

        Agreed. He has all sorts of physical upside, but I think Allaire set him back big time in TOR. Hopefully, he can’t recapture some of that success he had in Sweden

        • Dave says:

          Wouldn’t shock me to see him put together a solid backup campaign.

          • Justin says:

            Absolutely. I love how your boy Proteau is wondering if he will turn into the next Henrik Lundqvist in DET.

            Quality job by the MSM of managing reasonable expectations.

  4. Mandy says:

    Mitchell signed with Colorado, not Detroit.

  5. Justin says:

    Wow, Parise’s asking price apparently includes two(!) 12 million dollar signing bonuses, one this year and one next July…

    • Dave says:

      $24 million in a 12 month span. Can’t blame him for wanting it now with new CBA pending.

    • Tim B says:

      Who is going to pay that much for him?

      • Dave says:

        Teams that have cash to spare and need scoring. Pitt and Detroit come to mind.

        • wwpd says:

          both of those teams led their conferences in scoring. if pitt has crosby back all season then will do it again even w.o staal or parise.

          detroit on the other hand less clear

          • Dave says:

            Well, you can never have enough scoring.

            • wwpd says:

              haha i dont disagree. guess my real question is why those two as opposed to a team that needs more scoring more than those? just a matter of cash rich ownership? because there is no shortage of lower scoring teams with cap space to fill.

    • Walt says:

      let him rot!

  6. Justin says:

    I’m curious to see when the big boys sign…Richards seemed to start the trend of waiting a few days and weighing options as opposed to Drury/Gomez/Gaborik day 1 decisions.

  7. Tim B says:

    Anyone think Brodie Dupont could make a return to CT Whale. What are your takes on Brendan Bell, Avery, Ivan Baranka and Ilkka Heikkinen?

    • Dave says:

      Dupont wanted a fresh start, he’s not coming back. Bell/Avery are gone. Baranka/Heikkinen are no long NYR property.

  8. Tim B says:

    Whitney is overpaid and if Selanne cant get a 2 year deal than how does Whitney get that? I would laugh if he is really bad next season

    • Dave says:

      Selanne doesn’t want a 2 year deal. He goes year by year because he’s unsure of retirement.

    • Dave says:

      But yes, that’s 1 too many years for Whitney.

    • Ohpuckme says:

      Hate the asham signing people talk about the money well call up a kid from the farm and your paying 450k. So your saying asham who has no game is worth 2 years at 2 million and yet a guy who makes his team better offensively and defensively plays the power play and penalty kill as well as adds leadership and scored over 40 points more last year then the guy who got 1 million isn’t worth the same years and 3.5 mil more your crazy

  9. evan says:

    Aaron Asham. AWFUL. I hate that guy so much. Come October he will have played for every single team in the atlantic division

  10. Dave says:

    I don’t get the Asham hate. Prust wanted too much money. Sure, he’s a downgrade from Prust or Konopka, but it’s not like it’s a huge downgrade.

    The savings outweighed the benefits of bringing Prust back.

    • evan says:

      I get the money issue. But that is not why i am upset. i think he is a dirty player and doesnt fit with the make of our team. Money isnt everything. There is a reason this guy changes teams every 1-2 years.

      Like there are some goons that you say “you would love him if he were on your team”. Asham is most definitely NOT that guy.

      • Dave says:

        Bottom six players change teams all the time. Prust is now going to be with his 4th team.

        • evan says:

          Yea i feel you. In the end that million or so we have can go to stepan or hagelin. So on that end i am happy. hopefully asham can do a good job

    • Ohpuckme says:

      I hate asham because he is classless. What I hate more is the idea of him and rupp skating together on the same line can you say can’t skate, slow as hex no talent at all. I know it’s a forth line but you could atleast find guys who aren’t going to get left in the dust. That was one of the biggest downfalls in the playoffs.

  11. Steven T says:

    I don’t hate the Asham deal. Obviously don’t love losing Prust and especially his PK ability, but Asham will be solid enough on offense, will hopefully be good depth and we all know he can fight in a pinch. Definitely not awful. Plus you save money

    • Dave says:

      There’s a marginal difference between the two players. Plus there’s still Boyle, Hagelin, Cally, and Dubi to kill penalties.

  12. Justin says:

    Not a fan of all the two year deals so far. Players like Gustavsson, Whitney and Asham should be available on one-year pacts.

    • Dave says:

      It’s weird that everything appears to be a 2 year deal. Whitney can be a cap killer, Asham isn’t though.

  13. Steven T says:

    Is Haley just depth/ gonna play two years with the Whale or am I missing something?

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    I love Brandon Prust, but I don’t 4/10 love him. Wowza.

  15. Justin says:

    That Prust deal is outrageous. Can’t blame the Blueshirts for backing away from that. Seems like business as usual for the Habs.

    • Dave says:

      Makes the Asham deal look good.

      • Justin says:

        Funny how that works

        • evan says:

          Haha the habs are MORONS. Prust just got the greatest contract ever for a 4th liner. Ridiculous

        • Dave says:

          You have to let him walk at that price. Part of the business.

          • Jd says:

            Let’s just say this, For all e bs Prust had us believe about how important being a ranger, I’m glad he will golfing in April for the next 4 years. I loved the guy but I’m sad to realize how greedy he is.

            • Dave says:

              I wouldn’t call this greedy. He has one shot to make millions, this was it. Rangers offered him less than half of what Montreal was offering.

              • Jd says:

                Ok so choosing money over the place you have made a nice niche for yourself and playing in a system that suits your game perfectly for a place that is basically a lost franchise isn’t greedy? It’s not like we offered him some chump contract. We offered him the same deal as Boyle! Last time I check that’s 400k more than half of what he got. Now factor in canadian taxes and it’s basically a wash. The guy told everyone that would listen how great it is to be a ranger, I guess he meant its great to be a ranger at your price. You can put any spin on it you like but bottom line is he left a perfect situation for money, if that’s not greed I don’t know what is.

            • evan says:

              Is it greed or stupidity by montreal? Like if i can get 4 year 10 million as a 4th line i am taking that every day of the week

            • Mike Axisa says:

              Not greedy at all, just shows he has his priorities straight.

            • Walt says:

              Greed, I think not! Given a shot at $10mil, over 4 years your would take it as well, if not you can’t be too smart. Let’s face it, Montreal is foolish to pay that amount, Prusty is smart to take it off of their hands.

  16. Dave says:

    Haley deal is a 2 way deal, likely a Whale depth move.

    • Tim B says:

      Maybe. I doubt Boyle will be on the 4th line even though it makes perfect sense. I think Boyle should center the third line while the 4th line looks like
      Rupp-Haley-Asham or Asham-Rupp-Bickel. Rupp plays few minutes and what about game misconducts? Than who will center the 4th line? If Haley is used as a CT Whale depth player than he is Avery’s replacement in my opinion. Devaux could be used on the 4th line too. I would like to see a line brawl with Rupp, Haley, Bickel, Asham. Asham and Haley would KO ppl while Bickel would cut somebody’s face open (Ryan Carter i think it was) and Rupp would be hugging his opponent. Anyways it is good to see the Goaltending situation and the 4th line situation solved. However CT whale has no goalies. Talbot will probably be back and Scott Stajcer or maybe a young goaltender capable of being an NHL backup goaltender in 2-3 years. I do like Talbot being Lundqvist’s backup if Biron retires or something.

      • Rickyrants13 says:

        If thise4th line looks like Asham-Rupp-Bickel Im taking next year off. Unless Boyle has a monster year that means you have two 4th lines again like we did this year. We CAN NOT go into the playoffs with 2 4th lines again…

        • Dave says:

          It won’t. Bickel is signed to be a defenseman, not a forward.

          As of right now, Boyle is the 4th line center (BR, Step, AA, Boyle). Right where he should be. The wingers though…need tinkering.

  17. Tim B says:

    I thought JAM was under contract?

    • Dave says:

      As did I. I didn’t do my research. He had an AHL contract, not an NHL contract. The ELC is for the NHL.

  18. Pete says:

    Whitney to the Stars, 2/9…

  19. Tim B says:

    John Scott to Buffalo, 1 year $600K

  20. Sally says:

    I’m hoping that Sather is not going to gut the team for Nash. So far today, there have been no upgrades and as of today, we are a weaker team than yesterday. BTW, i don’t remember Hagelin doing penalty killing.

  21. SalMerc says:

    Nash would be a great addition, at the right price. Maybe signing Semin sooner rather than later would push Columbus to make a mid-year deal on Nash as the market will quiet down. They will have to start another year with a very unhappy player. Let Nash poisen Columbus for a few months and then re-engage. By then maybe the price will be right as he gets closer to FA and Columbus is on their way to a playoff-less year.