NHL Free Agency Live: NHL Teams Spend Over $400 Million On First Day


Jul 1, 2014

7:03 p.m.: Here’s a roundup of some of the recently reported deals.

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4:59 p.m.: The Capitals have opened the vault for another defenseman.

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4:38 p.m. ET: Have the Chicago Blackhawks finally found their second-line center? They’ve reportedly come to terms with veteran Brad Richards.

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4:31 p.m.: The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed one of their restricted free agent forwards:

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4:22 p.m.: Former Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros has signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres worth $4 million. A handful of other teams added to their defense, also.

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3:08 p.m.: The best forward left on the market is Radim Vrbata. With Jarome Iginla having signed, could Vrbata be next?

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3:02 p.m.: It sounds like the Detroit Red Wings are going to be shut out in their attempts to sign a high-end defenseman. They’re just about out of the running for free-agent D-man Matt Niskanen, who is the No. 3 UFA on TSN’s list of top 40 UFAs.

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2:48 p.m.: TSN reported shortly ago that NHL teams have spent upwards of $400 million so far today. That’s a lot of change.

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2:32 p.m.: The Tampa Bay Lightning have made the splash everyone was expecting them to make. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Bolts have signed defenseman Anton Stralman.

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2:25 p.m.: Here are the reported financials for Jarome Iginla’s deal.

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2:22 p.m.: And just like that, Jarome Iginla is gone. The winger has signed with the Colorado Avalanche, according to multiple reports.

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2:18 p.m.: The Jarome Iginla sweepstakes are reportedly down to three teams. TSN’s Bob McKenzie says he thinks Iginla will get a three-year deal, and there are three teams in the running to give him that.

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2:04 p.m.: Just as we pass the two-hour mark, another big name signs on the dotted line. Matt Moulson has signed with the Buffalo Sabres, according to multiple reports. The deal is reportedly a five-year contract worth $25 million.

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Moulson started last season with the New York Islanders before he was traded to the Sabres. Buffalo then traded Moulson to the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline. The winger apparently felt good enough about his short stint in Buffalo to make a return.

1:55 p.m.: The Rangers let some players walk earlier in the day, which meant they had to do something at some point to fill out their roster. Those moves are already happening.

The Rangers reportedly have signed forward Tanner Glass to a three-year contract.

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The Blueshirts also signed defenseman Mike Kostka and re-signed fourth-line forward Dominic Moore.

1:52 p.m.: Here are the reported financials for Thomas Vanek’s deal in Minnesota.

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1:47 p.m.: The Toronto Maple Leafs have checked in, and they reportedly signed veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas.

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Robidas is 37 years old and played in just 38 games last season.

1:42 p.m.: The Minnesota Wild got their guy. The Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal, according to a report.

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Vanek has been connected to the Wild for a long time, and now he’s going back to where he played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota.

1:37 p.m.: Another goaltending domino has fallen. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that goalie Jonas Hiller is heading to Calgary.

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1:35 p.m.: We haven’t heard Jarome Iginla’s name thrown around much today, and he’s yet to make a decision. However, it sounds like there’s still a pretty strong market for the winger.

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1:33 p.m.: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have made a trade. CBJ announced it’s sending Matt Frattin to the Leafs in exchange for Jerry D’Amigo and a conditional seventh-round pick.

1:25 p.m.: Mathieu Perreault is on the move. He just signed with the Winnipeg Jets, according to Renaud Lavoie.

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1:22 p.m.: The Washington Capitals gave up a lot — and we mean a lot — of money to sign Brooks Orpik. The Caps gave the blueliner a lot of green as they signed him to a five-year, $27.5 million contract.

1:18 p.m.: Brian Gionta is going home. The Buffalo Sabres have signed the now ex-Montreal Canadiens captain, according to ESPN/TSN reporter Pierre LeBrun.

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Gionta is a Rochester native and will now rejoin Josh Gorges, who was traded to Buffalo from Montreal earlier in the day.

1:15 p.m.: Shawn Thornton has found a job. He’s going to the Florida Panthers, according to a report.

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1:12 p.m.: The Penguins have made a couple of depth signing, according to Bob McKenzie. The Pens just added winger Blake Comeau and goalie Thomas Greiss.

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1:08 p.m.: Here are reported contract details for Ryan Miller’s deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

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1:07 p.m.: The Dallas Stars aren’t done yet. They have just signed forward Ales Hemsky and goalie Anders Lindback.

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1:05 p.m.: The Vancouver Canucks continue to overhaul their organization, and they’re making a big change between the pipes. The Canucks have signed free-agent goalie Ryan Miller, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported a few minutes ago.

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1 p.m.: Dave Bolland is going to the Florida Panthers, and man, it’s not cheap.

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12:58 p.m.: The dominoes are starting to fall, and Brooks Orpik is next in line. The veteran defenseman is leaving Pittsburgh, and he’s set to join the rival Washington Capitals, according to Larry Brooks.

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12:57 p.m.: The Montreal Canadiens apparently liked what they saw in Mike Weaver after acquiring him last year. They just signed the defenseman to a one-year deal.

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They were pretty happy about it, judging by the caps lock.

12:47 p.m.: Josh Gorges effectively waived his no-trade clause to join the Buffalo Sabres rather than the Toronto Maple Leafs. That sounds like a curious decision, but there may be a reason. Now former teammate Brian Gionta could be on his way to Buffalo.

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Gionta is a Rochester, N.Y., native, so that would make some sense.

12:42 p.m.: Another big-name defenseman is reportedly ready to put pen to paper. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports Dan Boyle has agreed to sign with the New York Rangers on a two-year deal.

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12:39 p.m.: TSN had Jussi Jokinen ranked as its No. 12 available UFA, and the veteran forward now has a new home. He’s off to the Florida Panthers on a four-year contract.

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12:38 p.m.: The Canadiens shipped one veteran defenseman away when they traded Josh Gorges to Buffalo, but they were just able to add another veteran D-man. The Habs reportedly signed 31-year-old Tom Gilbert.

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12:36 p.m.: Another free-agent forward is off the board. Mike Cammalleri has signed with the New Jersey Devils, according to multiple reports.

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12:33 p.m.: The St. Louis Blues have been rumored in connections with centers for quite some time now, and they seem to have their man. Hockey Night In Canada reporter Elliotte Friedman says the former Colorado Avalanche pivot is on his way to St. Louis.

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Here are the contract details on that deal, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

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12:31 p.m.: The Montreal Canadiens were able to unload Josh Gorges’ contract to a place Gorges would be willing to go to. The Buffalo Sabres have acquired the veteran defenseman, they just announced. All it took was a second-round pick.

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12:25 p.m.: Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek is staying put. The Sens just announced they’ve re-signed the forward to a three-year deal worth $12 million.

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12:21 p.m.: Chad Johnson has a new home. The former Bruins backup goaltender has signed with the New York Islanders, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

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12:20 p.m.: Brian Boyle is going to enjoy free agency, it seems.

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Sportsnet reporter Nick Kypreos just said on the network’s TV coverage that he’s also heard Boyle could be in line for a five- or six-year deal.

12:13 p.m.: The Edmonton Oilers are doing work, and they’ve added a pair of pieces. They’ve signed forward Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Mark Fayne.

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12:08 p.m.: Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is staying in the Eastern Conference, and he’s going to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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That’s a pretty good deal for Jim Rutherford and the Penguins. They could use some help on the blue line — especially with Brooks Orpik hitting the market — and one year at $4 million is very manageable. TSN ranks Ehrhoff as the fourth-best available UFA.

12:06 p.m.: The Montreal Canadiens reportedly have added to their center depth. TSN’s Bob McKenzie via Pierre Le Brun reports the Habs have signed veteran pivot Manny Malhotra.

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12:01 p.m.: And we are off.

11:55 a.m.: Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika was all over the Stars’ trade for Jason Spezza earlier, and now he’s got a couple more tidbits in regards to Dallas.

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11:53 a.m.: Brian Gionta has options.

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11:50 a.m.: Jarome Iginla is looking for a three-year contract, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, who just said that on Sportsnet’s NHL free agency coverage.

11:40 a.m.: The developing consensus when it comes to Dave Bolland is that the Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues are in the lead.

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The Maple Leafs are still in the running, too, according to reports.

11:29 a.m.: It doesn’t sound good for the Bruins on the Jarome Iginla front.

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11 a.m.: And just like that, Jason Spezza reportedly is on the move.

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch is reporting the Senators have sent Spezza to the Dallas Stars.

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10:57 a.m.: Just about an hour to go until free agency begins, and business is starting to pick up.

Here’s the latest as the clock gets set to hit 11 a.m. on the East Coast.

The New York Rangers are indeed going to watch Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot, Dominic Moore and Brian Boyle all become unrestricted free agents, according to TSN/ESPN reporter Pierre Le Brun.

The Dallas Stars continue to pop up in rumors tied to Jason Spezza.

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10:31 a.m.: Thomas Vanek’s list is getting a little shorter.

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10:26 a.m.: Add the Colorado Avalanche to the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes.

The Denver Post reports the Avs plan to make a push for the free-agent winger, as they are “definitely in” on him, according to Adrian Dater.

10:20 a.m.: The defending Eastern Conference champions are going to have a very different look when the new season begins.

Forwards Benoit Pouliot and Brian Boyle as well as defenseman Anton Stralman all appear to be set to leave the New York Rangers, according to the New York Post. There’s also a good chance journeyman fourth-line forward Dominic Moore moves on, too, according to the report.

The Ottawa Senators already have emerged as a team that might be interested in signing Pouliot. According to reports, the Sens are far from alone.

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10:15 a.m.: It sounds like TSN’s Bob McKenzie just said in a radio interview that it’s all but certain free-agent goalie Ryan Miller will sign with the Vancouver Canucks.

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9:05 a.m.: Add the Vancouver Canucks to the list of teams reportedly interested in Jarome Iginla. They’ll make a “big push” for Iginla, according to one report.

8:34 a.m.: Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is trying to get defenseman Josh Gorges’ contract off the books, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in helping.

However, Gorges is holding up that process. The veteran D-man has a limited no-trade clause, and he doesn’t want to leave Montreal. The Maple Leafs are still trying to convince him to accept a trade to Toronto, but the Leafs reportedly are ready to look at different options.

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8:15 a.m.: One more from Monday night: The Boston Bruins are among a handful of teams interested in forward Radim Vrbata.

8:11 a.m.: The Montreal Canadiens might soon be in the market for a new center.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon just tweeted that forward Brian Gionta might not be long for Montreal.

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With all of the drama surrounding presumed captain-in-waiting Josh Gorges, it will be interesting to see what direction the Habs go in when it comes to their leadership positions moving forward.

8:05 a.m.: Good morning, and happy free agency day. Also, happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian readers.

We’re still about four hours away from free agency actually opening, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some news to get to as the day begins.

Starting with the Bruins and Jarome Iginla, things don’t look good for the Black and Gold. Their salary-cap situation is an issue, and that’s leaving them hamstrung when it comes to re-signing Iginla. So much, in fact, that Iginla’s camp has declared they’ll go to market.

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When someone feels the need to declare that they’ll be testing free agency, that’s usually not a great sign for the team trying to re-sign the player. We shall see, though.

Speaking of players set to test the market, Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny is going to hit the market, too. That’s not much of a surprise as he’s one of the top free-agent centers, and it makes sense for him to start looking around and see what else is out there.

There’s also no shortage of reported suitors for free-agent forward Thomas Vanek.

The same has been said for defenseman Dan Boyle.

8 a.m.: The NHL is open for business starting Tuesday, and there could be a flurry of action.

Tuesday at noon ET will mark the beginning of the 2014 free-agent frenzy, as a handful of quality players across the league become free agents. Those players can finally start putting pen to paper immediately.

There will be plenty of story lines and some big names to keep an eye on when things really get going. One of the biggest names on the open market will be winger Jarome Iginla. The probable Hall of Famer looks like he’s going to hit the market barring any sort of last-minute deal with the Boston Bruins. Iginla is coming off of a 30-goal season with the Bruins and would be a great fit for a lot of teams looking for a veteran player with scoring touch.

Maybe teams want to go a little bit younger. If that’s the case, Thomas Vanek will be available, too. It will be interesting to see if Vanek’s poor postseason will affect his stock at all, but Vanek still scored 27 goals last year and could still be a difference-maker. There’s reportedly mutual interest between Vanek and the Minnesota Wild, but the Wild have said they don’t want to get into anything too long-term with any free agents. There’s still a pretty large market for Vanek if the Wild decide to go in another direction.

Free-agent signings may also cause the dominoes to start falling for other teams looking to make other roster moves. The Ottawa Senators are still trying to trade Jason Spezza, and it might make sense for them to wait and see where some of the top free-agent centers end up landing before they trade Spezza. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Montreal where the Canadiens reportedly are trying to move defenseman Josh Gorges. He’s another player who could find himself on the move in the coming days, too.

There won’t be any shortage of news, and NESN.com will have it covered all day right here with the live blog. Be sure check back early and often for all of the latest updates throughout the day.

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