Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Free Agency Activity Recap Through the End of "Day1 of the UFA Period"

NHL Free Agency Activity Fast & Furious For The Last Two Weeks

Over the past couple of weeks twenty-five of the thirty teams in the NHL have signed or re-signed a total sixty-three players, since June 19th. The most active and acquisitive teams have been Tampa Bay and New Jersey, each team involved in six (6) signings and/or re-signings. The New York Rangers have 5 signings including adding two solid D-Men in front of a great goaltender. True to his words since the end of the season, Caps GM George McPhee has not been that active though he did make major progress in his goal of retaining the young talent the Caps have drafted and grown over the past couple of seasons AND making sure the Caps had two good NHL caliber goalies signed before the start of camp today. As a recap and to get an idea as to how rosters are shaping up around the NHL for next season below is a team by team summary of the restricted and unrestricted free agent signing activity through 10:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, July 1 2008. (Source Data - http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11353)

Washington Capitals (2 Deals including the Theodore "surprise"):

8:45AM July 1, re-signed RFA defenseman Mike Green to a four-year deal worth $21 million (average of $5.25 million per season).
July 1 2:53PM, signed UFA goaltender Jose Theodore to a 2 year, $9M contract.

Tampa Bay Lightning (Southeast Division) (6 deals so far):

June 29 8:00PM, signed forward Ryan Malone to seven-year, $31.5 million contract.
June 30 8:03AM, signed forward Gary Roberts to a one-year contract.
5:55PM June 30, signed forward Vaclav Prospal to a multi-year contract.
July 1 12:52PM, signed UFA forward Radim Vrbata to a $9-million, three-year contract.
3:38PM July 1, signed UFA forward Adam Hall to a 3 year deal worth $1.8-million.
July 1st 4:14PM,Tampa Bay signed UFA goaltender Olaf Kolzig to a 1 year deal worth $1.5-million (plus bonuses).

Minnesota Wild (Western Conference) (2 deals):

July 1 1:58PM, signed UFA forward Andrew Brunette to 3 year deal worth $7-million.
July 1st 7:59PM, signed forward Craig Weller to a two-year contract worth $600,000 a season

New York Rangers (Eastern Conference) (5 deals):

July 1 3:40PM, signed UFA forward Aaron Voros, deal terms were undisclosed.
6:15PM July 1, announced they had signed UFA forward Patrick Rissmiller to an undisclosed deal.
6:42PM July 1, re-signed UFA defenseman Michael Rozsival to a four-year deal worth $20 million.
7:37PM July 1, signed UFA defenseman Wade Redden to a six-year contract worth $39 million.
July 1st 9:50PM, Rangers announced they had re-signed goaltender Steve Valiquette deal terms were not disclosed.

New Jersey Devils (Eastern Conference) (6 deals):

10:21AM July 1, agreed to terms with defenseman Bryce Salvador on a four-year deal worth $11.6 million (average of $2.9 million per season).
11:35AM July 1st New Jersey announced they re-signed forwards Jay Pandolfo (3 years, $7.5-million) David Clarkson (undisclosed) and Barry Tallackson (undisclosed); they also announced they had declined on their option on forward Sergei Brylin.
6:24PM July 1, signed UFA forward Brian Rolston to a four year deal worth $20.25-million.
July 1 7:18PM, signed UFA forward Bobby Holik to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.

Toronto Maple Leafs (Eastern Conference) (3 deals):

At 3:24PM July 1, announced the signing of UFA goaltender Curtis Joseph to a 1 year deal worth $700,000, and UFA defenseman Jeff Finger to a 4 year deal worth $3.5-million a season.
July 1 6:42PM, signed UFA forward Niklas Hagman to a four-year contract worth $12 million.

Vancouver Canucks (Western Conference) (2 deals):

1:33PM July 1st, signed RFA forward Kyle Wellwood to a 1 year deal worth $997,500.
At 6:34PM July 1, signed UFA forward Darcy Hordichuk to a two-year deal.

Philadelphia Flyers (Eastern Conference) (3 deals in addition to signing Steve Eminger):

At 6:06PM July 1, signed UFA defenseman Ossi Vaananen to a one year deal worth $1-million.
At 6:32PM July 1, announced the signing of UFA forward Glen Metropolit to a two-year deal.
At 6:33PM July 1, signed UFA forward Nate Raduns to a one-year deal.

Columbus Blue Jackets (Western Conference) (1 deal):

At 6:01PM July 1, signed UFA defenseman Mike Commodore to a 5 year deal worth $18.75-million.

Chicago Black Hawks (Western Conference) (2 deals):

July 1 3:43PM, the Black Hawks signed UFA goaltender Cristobal Huet to a 4 year, $22million deal.
At 5:40PM July 1, Chicago signed UFA defenseman Brian Campbell to an 8 year deal worth $56.8-million.

Buffalo Sabres (Eastern Conference) (2 deals):

June 30 6:45PM, re-signed forward Paul Gaustad to a four-year, $9.2 million contract.
At 5:04PM July 1, signed UFA goaltender Patrick Lalime to a 2 year deal worth $2-million.

New York Islanders (Eastern Conference) (1 deal):

July 1st 8:06PM, signed defenseman Mark Streit to a five-year contract worth $20.5 million.

Ottawa Senators (Eastern Conference) (2 deals, exclusive of the Ray Emery buyout):

June 20 8:00PM, the Senators announced they have re-sign forward Chris Kelly to a four-year, $8.5 million contract.
July 1 4:27PM, Ottawa signed UFA goaltender Alex Auld to a 2 year deal worth $2-million.

Colorado Avalanche (Western Conference) (4 deals):

June 29 9:20PM, announce they have signed defenseman John-Michael Liles to four-year, $16 million contract and Adam Foote to an undisclosed contract.
July 1 3:03PM, signed UFA goaltender Andrew Raycroft to a 1 year deal worth $800,000.
July 1 st 4:02PM, signed UFA forward Darcy Tucker to a 2 year deal worth $4.5-million.

Saint Louis Blues (Western Conference) (1 RFA Offer Match):

3:49PM July 1, St. Louis matched Vancouver's offer sheet to RFA forward David Backes at 3 years, $7.5-million.

Florida Panthers (Southeast Division) (1 deal):

At 3:41PM July 1, signed UFA forward Cory Stillman to a 3 year deal worth $10.6-million.

Pittsburgh Penguins (Eastern Conference) (3 deals in addition to their trades to create Cap Room and give negotiating rights to others):

July 1 11:58PM, signed forward Pascal Dupuis to a three-year deal which will average $1.4-million per year.
2:02PM July 1, re-signed UFA defenseman Mark Eaton to a 2 year deal worth $2-million.
July 1 3:40PM, signed UFA forward Eric Godard to a 3 year deal, other terms were undisclosed.

Phoenix Coyotes (Western Conference) (2 deals):

2:50PM July 1, signed UFA defenseman Kurt Sauer to a 4 year deal worth an average of $1.75-million a year.
July 1 3:09PM, signed UFA forward Todd Fedoruk to a 3 year deal, other terms were undisclosed.

Detroit Red Wings (Western Conference, 2008 Stanley Cup Champions) (3 deals):

June 30 6:53PM, re-signed defenseman Andreas Lilja to a two-year contract.
11:58AM July 1, announced they and veteran defenseman Brad Stuart have agreed to terms on a 4 year contract that averages 3.75 per year.
July 1 3:07PM, signed UFA goaltender Ty Conklin to a 1 year deal worth $750,000.

Montreal Canadiens (Eastern Conference, 2008 Conference Regular Season Champs) (1 deal):

July 1 3:07PM, re-signed RFA forward Andrei Kostitsyn to a 3 year deal worth $3.25-million a season.

Boston Bruins (Eastern Conference) (2 deals):

July 1 12:55PM, signed UFA forward Blake Wheeler to an entry-level contract.
July 1st 9:58PM, Boston announced they have signed forward Michael Ryder to a 3-year deal worth $12 million.

Anaheim Ducks (Western Conference) (1 deal):

July 1 12:04PM, re-signed forward Corey Perry to a five-year deal worth $26.625-million which will average $5.325-million a year.

San Jose Sharks (Western Conference) (3 deals):

June 25 4:40PM, the Sharks announced they had re-signed forward Jeremy Roenick to an undisclosed contract and goaltender Brian Boucher to an undisclosed contract.
June 30 6:39PM, re-signed forward Jody Shelley to a two-year contract.

Calgary Flames (Western Conference) (4 deals):

June 27 2:10PM, re-signed forwards Daymond Langkow to a 4-year deal worth $18 million. (average of $4.5 million per season), Craig Conroy to an undisclosed contract, Eric Nystrom to an undisclosed contract, and goaltender Curtis McElhinney to an undisclosed contract.

Nashville Predators (Western Conference) (1 deal):

June 19 3:00PM, Nashville announced they've re-signed goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

The landscape in the Eastern Conference as well as the Southeast Division will surly be different next season, virtually all these moves will make their respective teams stronger, though the earlier pre-Draft Day trade of Ollie Jokennen from Florida to Phoenix leaves some big shoes to be filled in Sunrise, FL at the offensive end of the ice. Will Wade Redden be the second coming of Brad Park for the New York Rangers? Will Jose Theodore make Caps Fans forget the spectacular end of season run by Cristobel Huet this year? Will Tampa Bay's turbo-charged offense overwhelm opponents? Will the Caps continue their upward trajectory and amass over 100 points next season? The answers to these and all your questions are just 2 1/2 short months away.

Can't wait till next season. LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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