Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Free Agency Day 2 Recap

Fast & Furious Activity Continues As 15 NHL Teams Cut Deals with 22 More Players

First a recap of today's transactions by team:

Tampa Bay (Southeast Division) (2 More Deals - though both were RFA re-signings):

At 9:18AM, they announced they had re-signed RFA forward Ryan Craig to a two-year contract worth $1.575-million; then about an hour later at 10:20AM, announced the re-signing of RFA defenseman Janne Niskala, to a one-year deal worth $600,000.

Carolina Hurricanes (Southeast Division) (2 deals):

At 11:13AM Carolina announced they had signed UFA defensemen Josef Melichar to a one-year contract worth $1 million and Joni Pitkanen to a three-year contract worth $12 million.

Atlanta Thrashers (Southeast Division) (1 Deal):

At 3:38PM the Thrashers signed UFA defenseman Ron Hainsey to a five-year, $22.5 million contract.

Ottawa Senators (Eastern Conference) (2 Deals):

First at 2:33PM, the Sens signed UFA Forward Shean Donovan to a two-year contract worth $1.25 million; then at 3:03PM they signed UFA Forward Jarkko Ruutu, most recently of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a three-year, $3.9 million contract.

Boston Bruins (Eastern Conference) (1 Deal):

The Bruins signed RFA Forward Petteri Nokelainen, at 1:52PM to a 2-year, $1.7 million contract.

Pittsburgh Penguins (Eastern Conference) (1 Deal):

At 4:58PM the Penguins re-signed UFA defenseman Brooks Orpik to a six-year, $22.5 million contract (to the chagrin of "several" regular "blog posters.").

Philadelphia Flyers (Eastern Conference) (2 deals):

The Flyers announced they re-signed defenseman Randy Jones (2-years, undisclosed) and forward Riley Cote (3-years, undisclosed) at 6:05PM.

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

At 6:27PM the Islanders signed UFA forward Doug Weight to a 1-year, $1.75 million contract.

Vancouver Canucks (Western Conference) (2 Deals):

At 12:01PM, they announced the signing of UFA forward Ryan Johnson to a 2-year contract for $2.3 million. Then at 12:45PM the Canucks signed UFA goaltender Curtis Sanford to a 1-year, $650,000 contract.

Detroit Red Wings (Western Conference/Stanley Cup Champs) (1 Deal, but it's a whopper):

The "rich got richer" when, at 12:35PM, the boys over at "Hockeytown" signed UFA forward Marian Hossa to a one-year contract worth $7.4 million.

Calgary Flames (Western Conference) (2 Deals):

At 1:00PM, the Flames announced the signing UFA defenseman Jim Vandermeer and forward Curtis Glencross to contracts but did not disclose any terms of either deal.

Dallas Stars (Western Conference) (2 Deals):

The Stars announced they had signed UFA forward Sean Avery to a four year, $15.5 million contract at 1:22PM. Then at 5:16PM, the Stars signed RFA forward B.J. Crombeen to a 1-year contract.

Minnesota Wild (Western Conference) (1 Deal):

Minnesota re-signed RFA defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 1-year contract for $1.025 million.

Colorado Avalanche (Western Conference) (1 Deal):

Just after 5:00PM, this evening, the Av's announced they had re-signed RFA forward Wojtek Wolski to a 2-year deal of otherwise undisclosed terms.

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

At 9:26PM the Blue Jackets sign UFA winger Kristian Huselius to a 4-year, $4.75 million contract.

More discussion and analysis later after a little "more dust settles."

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