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Free agency open thread

Free agency is upon us, only four days late after a pointless lockout. Earlier this week, the Penguins locked up Kris Letang, and the Flyers signed both Mark Streit (acquired via trade from the Islanders) and Vinny Lecavalier (bought out by the Lightning). There are a lot of interesting names on the market, but the overall strength of this free agent class is weak.

As for the Rangers, they don’t have much room to work with, so don’t expect them to be active. Use this as your open thread for the day.

11:35am- Panthers re-sign Shawn Matthias, 2 years/$3.5m.

11:56am- Former Ranger Lauri Korpikoski re-signs in the desert, 4 years/$10 million to stay with the ‘Yotes. (stick tap, Tim B)

12:02pm- Evgeni Nabokov re-signs with Islanders, 1-year, $3.25 million.

12:07pm- Kyle Chipchura re-signs with Coyotes, terms yet to be disclosed.

12:11pm- Andrew Ference departs Boston to sign in Edmonton for 4 years, $3.25 million AAV ($13m total).

12:13pm- Islanders sign depth forward Peter Regin to 1 year, $750k deal.

12:14pm- Florida signs Joey Crabb to a 2 year/$1.2 million contract.

12:17pm- Alfredsson deal official in Detroit: 1 year, $5.5 million (including $2 million in bonuses).

12:18pm- Goalie carousel in Philly continues, Ray Emery signs for 1 year, $1.65 million.

12:24pm- Formers Sharks backup keeper Thomas Greiss signs 1 year deal in Arizona (750k).

 

12:28pm- Mike Komisarek signs 1 year/$700k deal in Carolina.

12:31pm- Frazer McLaren re-signs with Leafs for 2 years/$1.4 million.

12:35pm- Looks like Mike Ribeiro is heading to the Coyotes on a 4-year/$22 million deal.  Partial NTC/NMC.  Yikes.

12:36pm- Michal Handzus re-signs in Chicago for one year.

12:37pm- Oilers sign center Boyd Gordon to a 3 year/$9 million deal.

12:39pm- Jason LaBarbera leaves the Coyotes for Edmonton on a one year deal worth $1 million.

12:42pm- Andre Benoit signs with Colorado, 1-year/$900k.

12:51pm- Columbus Blue Jackets sign Nathan Horton to a 7-year, $37.1 million ($5.3m AAV) contract.  Wow. UPDATE: On top of this deal, he’s also having shoulder surgery this summer that will sideline Horton until December.  Mind = Blown.

12:52pm- Isles sign Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a one year/$2 million contract.

12:53pm- Looks like Ryane Clowe is heading across the river on a 5(!)-year deal with the Devils at $4.85 million per ($24.25 million total).

12:57pm- Rob Scuderi heads back to Pittsburgh, 4-years/$13.5 million.

12:58pm- Mike Stone re-signs in Arizona (why do the media folks keep calling it Phoenix?) for 3 years.

1:04pm- Sharks sign Scott Hannan to a 1-year/$1 million deal.

1:04pm- Sharks re-sign RFA Tyler Kennedy to a 2-year/$4.6m contract.

1:05pm- Clarke MacArthur signs a 2-year/$6.5 million contract with Ottawa.

1:07pm- Sharks extend Logan Couture on a 5-year deal, worth $30 million total.  ($6m AAV)

1:10pm- Oilers sign Jesse Joensuu to a 2-year contract.

1:12pm- First trade of the day, Calgary acquire defenseman Kris Russell from St. Louis for a 2014 5th round draft pick.  Would have liked to see Rangers kick the tires at that price.

1:14pm- Flyers add more goalie depth, signing Yann Danis to a 1-year, 2-way contract.  Yawn.

1:20pm- Minnesota re-signs D Jared Spurgeon to a 3-year deal.

1:24pm- Blackhawks re-sign Rozsival to a 2-year deal.

1:28pm- Keith Aucoin signs 1-year/$625k contract with St. Louis.

1:42pm- Tyler Bozak re-signs with Leafs; 5-years/$21 million.  Cheaper than I expected.

1:45pm- Nashville signs Viktor Stalberg  (4-years/$12 million) and Matt Cullen (2-year/$7 million).

1:45pm- Leafs sign David Clarkson to a 7-year deal worth $36.75 million ($5.25 AAV).  Limited NTC/NMC.

2:18pm- Red Wings sign Stephen Weiss to a 5-year/$24.5 million ($4.9m AAV) deal.  

2:30pm- Predators sign former Capital, Matt Hendricks to a 4-year deal worth $1.85 million per.

2:39pm- Dallas signs backup goalie Dan Ellis for 2-years/$900k per.

3:05pm- Tampa Bay Lightning sign former Red Wing Valteri Filppula to a 5-year contract worth $25 million ($5m AAV)

3:30pm- BIG TRADE: Bobby Ryan to Ottawa for Silfverberg, Noesen and 1st round pick in 2014 Draft.

3:37pm- Nashville signs Eric Nystrom for 4-years/$10 million.

3:50pm- Islanders extend Travis Hamonic for 7-years/$27m ($3.86m AAV).

4:00pm- Panthers trade tough guy George Parros to Montreal.

4:02pm- Hurricanes sign Tuukka Rask’s backup, Anton Khubodin to a 1-year/$800k deal.

36 Responses to “Free agency open thread”

  1. Tim B says:

    Korpikoski resigns with Phoinex. 4 year deal i think its $2.5 per year.
    Alfredsson signs with Detroit

  2. Sally says:

    Thanks for doing this. Now I can get all my hockey news here.

  3. Centerman21 says:

    I’d like to start hearing the Rangers locking up their RFA’s soon. They Flyers have locked up most of theirs so what’s to stop them or another team from signing an offer sheet to Mac or Stepan?

    • Justin says:

      The possibility of an offer sheet is definitely concerning, especially with the Rangers so close up against the cap.

  4. Tim B says:

    Clowe is way overpaid. Hope that comes back to bite the Devils in the butt.

  5. Pete says:

    Wow, 5 years AND almost 5 per for Clowe? Good luck with that one…

  6. Broadway B says:

    rangers are crickets
    this year. not one intimidating presence no grease behind any elbows, they are going to be softies like the canucks when they lost in 7 to Boston. Even If they are succesful they will get mauled in playoffs. Off with Sather’s head. This lineup is going to get bullied and battered. on the other hand Columbus just got real.

  7. Pete says:

    7 years for Clarkson? NHL owners have to be the biggest clowns in the known universe. Complete joke after the lockout shenanigans.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Absolutely. Contract term limits the “hill we die on”, yet here we are months after the CBA and 7 year deals, no big deal. Joke.

  8. Spozo says:

    Looking at the ridiculous contracts (not only cap hit but length!) having Richards on a 1 year contract doesn’t seem so awful

  9. RyanK says:

    Clowe signed with New Jersey. I’m really not happy about losing him.

  10. Bayman says:

    Rangers won’t regret letting Clowe walk. He’s very injury-prone and has lost a step. Woulda been smarter for Devils to overpay to keep Clarkson. Jersey will miss the playoffs for the foreseeable future.

    • Justin says:

      For the relatively negligible difference in Clowe and Clarkson’s contracts, why not bite the bullet and keep the younger, more productive guy?

    • Pete says:

      Yeah I dont get that, why give Clowe 4.85 for 5 when you could’ve has Clarkson for 5.25 for 7. I mean both deals stink but give me the guy who hasn’t gotten his noodle bashed a handful of times, amongst other things…

      • TxRanger says:

        I think it’s obvious Clarkson wanted out of Jersey. He is probably a huge Leafs fan, he’s from there.

  11. Justin says:

    Would anyone have wanted to buy-out Richards and sign Weiss to his contract?

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Nope. Though, if Richards was bought out the top end guys (relatively speaking) were never on the table. Having said that, I didn’t see Bozak getting 5 years. I’ll be curious to see what Derek Roy gets.

  12. Tim B says:

    Colorado signed defensemen Nate Guenin to a 1 year $600k deal

    • Tim B says:

      Also Flames sign Goalie Karri Rami to a 2 year $5.5 deal. Deal was announced at 1:59pm. He hasnt played in the NHL since 08-09 with Tampa Bay/Norfolk Admirals. He played in KHL last 4 seasons. Looks like he will likely be the starter. Turns 27 on monday

  13. Bloomer says:

    Clowes’ almost 5 million per and Clarkson 5.25 per makes Richards contract look cheap. These GM are nuts, a player lockout for what? These owners have no self control and I feel absolutely no pity for them should they lose money. And BTW if they raise ticket prices, I may of attended my last NHL game.

  14. Walt says:

    Bloomer nailed it on the head, these GM’s are smoking something that may be ill legal!

    I like Clowe, and Clarkson both, but for the money, and term of the contracts, Slats is being made out to look like Einstein!!

    One other point of interest, what in the world makes the Flyers think that Ray Emery is going to be any better the second time around in Filthadelphia?????

    • Pete says:

      I hope Filly makes the worst moves possible. Couldn’t happen to a better owner/franchise.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      At least that contract was palatable. Only one year. Most reasonable move they’ve made.

  15. Bobby G says:

    Woulda loved if the Rangers signed Hendricks to that contract.

  16. Pete says:

    Rangers sign Dominic Moore, 1 year 1 mill

    • Tim B says:

      Rangers sign defensemen Aaron Johnson 1 year $600k. He will likely play for the Wolf Pack.

  17. Pete says:

    Rangers sign Benoit Pouliot for 1 yr 1.3 mill