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)
3:37pm- 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.