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PHT’s 2014 free agent frenzy tracker

Jul 1, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

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Welcome to Thunderdome! Or, as us in the hockey biz like to call it, July 1.

Throughout today, PHT will bring you up-to-the-minute news covering all the signings and trades that go down across the NHL. And — because we know you don’t wanna go looking all over the place for what’s happened — we’ve created this here handy tracker to keep tabs on all the action.

Enjoy the day…

Tuesday, July 1

New York Islanders sign Harry Zolnierczyk: for one year, $600,000 (link); they also sign Cory Conacher to an identical one-year, $600,000 deal (link)

Detroit Red Wings re-sign D Kyle Quincey for two years, $8.5 million (link)

Anaheim Ducks sign G Jason LaBarbera for one year, $750,000 (link)

New York Islanders signed F Jack Skille to a two-way deal (link)

Tampa Bay signs G Evgeni Nabokov: one year, $1.55 million (link)

Pittsburgh re-signs C Marcel Goc: one year, $1.2 million (link)

Florida signs D Willie Mitchell: two years, $8.5 million (link)

Philadelphia Flyers signed F Blair Jones to a two-way deal (link)

New Jersey re-signs F Stephen Gionta: two years, $1.7 million (link)

Dallas signs F Patrick Eaves: one year, $600,000 (link)

Washington signs D Matt Niskanen: seven years, $40 million (link)

Chicago signs C Brad Richards: one year, $2 million (link)

Phoenix signs G Devan Dubnyk: one year, $800,000 (link)

Philadelphia signs G Ray Emery (one year, $1M) and G Robb Zepp (link)

Buffalo signs D Andrej Meszaros: one year, $4.125 million (link)

Calgary signs D Deryk Engelland: three years, $8.7 million (link)

Tampa Bay signs F Mike Blunden: one year, $600,000 (link)

New Jersey signs G Scott Clemmensen: one year, $ N/A (link)

Detroit signs F Kevin Porter (link)

Buffalo signs F Cody McCormick: three years, $4.5 million (link)

Carolina re-signs F Jiri Tlusty: one year, $2.95 million (link)

Tampa Bay signs D Anton Stralman: five years, $22.5 million (link)

Columbus trades Matt Frattin to Toronto for Jerry D’Amigo (link)

Buffalo re-signs F Marcus Foligno: two years, $3.75 million (link)

Colorado signs RW Jarome Iginla: three years, $16 million (link)

New Jersey re-signs F Steve Bernier: one year, $600,000 (link)

Buffalo signs LW Matt Moulson: four years, $25 million (link)

Toronto signs F Leo Komarkov: four years, $11.8 million (link)

Chicago re-signs C Peter Regin: one year, $650,000 (link)

Colorado signs D Zach Redmond: two years, $1.5 million (link)

New Jersey signs F Martin Havlat: one year, $1.5 million (link)

Florida signs C Derek McKenzie: three years, $3.9 million (link)

Minnesota signs Thomas Vanek: three years, $19.5 million (link)

New York Rangers re-sign Dominic Moore (two years, $3M), sign Tanner Glass (three years, $4.35M) (link)

Toronto signs D Stephane Robidas: three years, $9 million (link)

Florida signs RW Shawn Thornton: two years, $2.4 million (link)

Colorado signs D Bruno Gervais: one year, $650,000 (link)

Florida signs G Al Montoya: two years, $2.1 million (link)

Calgary signs G Jonas Hiller: two years, $9 million (link)

Pittsburgh signs G Thomas Greiss: one year, $1 million (link)

Dallas signs G Anders Lindback: one year, $ N/A (link)

Colorado re-signs D Nick Holden: three years, $4.95 million (link)

New York Islanders sign T.J. Brennan: one year, $600,000 (link)

Buffalo signs F Brian Gionta: three years, $12.75 million (link)

Winnipeg signs C Mathieu Perreault: three years, $9 million (link)

Montreal signs D Mike Weaver: one year, $1.75 million (link)

Washington signs D Brooks Orpik: five years, $27.5 million (link)

Carolina signs C Brad Malone: two years, $1.3 million (link)

Montreal signs D Tom Gilbert: two years, $5.6 million (link)

Dallas signs LW Ales Hemsky: three years, $12 million (link)

Phoenix signs F Joe Vitale: three years, $3.3 million (link)

Vancouver signs G Ryan Miller: three years, $18 million (link)

San Jose trades D Brad Stuart to Colorado for picks (link)

Pittsburgh signs F Blake Comeau: one year, $700,000 (link)

Vancouver signs D Bobby Sanguinetti: one year, $600,000 (link)

Anaheim signs D Clayton Stoner: four years, $13 million (link)

Calgary signs F Mason Raymond: three years, $9.5 million (link)

Florida signs C Dave Bolland: five years, $27.5 million (link)

New Jersey Devils sign LW Mike Cammalleri: five years, $25 million (link)

New York Rangers sign D Dan Boyle: two years, $9 million (link)

Colorado sign LW Jesse Winchester: two years, $1.8 million (link)

Florida signs LW Jussi Jokinen: four years, $16 million (link)

Washington signs G Justin Peters: two years, $1.9 million (link)

Tampa Bay signs F Brian Boyle: three years, $6 million (link)

Edmonton signs D Keith Aulie: one year, $800,000 (link)

Montreal trades D Josh Gorges to Buffalo for ’16 2nd-round pick (link)

St. Louis signs C Paul Stastny: four years, $28 million (link)

Ottawa re-signs F Milan Michalek: three years, $12 million (link)

New York Islanders sign G Chad Johnson: two years, $2.6 million (link)

St. Louis signs C Jori Lehtera: two years, $5.5M (link)

Edmonton signs F Benoit Pouliot (five years, $20M) and D Mark Fayne (four years, $14.5 million) (link)

Pittsburgh signs D Christian Ehrhoff: one year, $4M (link)

Montreal signs C Manny Malhotra: one year, $850,000 (link)

Ottawa trades Jason Spezza to Dallas for Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, 2015 2nd-round pick (link)

Columbus re-signs D Frederic St. Denis: one year, $550,000 (link)

Vancouver re-signs F Mike Zalewski: two years, $1.85M (link)

Detroit re-signs C Riley Sheahan: two years, $1.9M (link)


  1. reeggss - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Let’s go buffalo, offseason #1 of our rebuild

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      This is offseason #1? Buffalo had four first round picks in 2012 and 2013….

      Anyway best of luck. One thing is for sure, Murray is going to pay a few lucky players a ridiculous amount of money for their skill set. He has to, just to get to the floor. When you figure that the best UFA’s out there may be wanting longer contracts, I have a feeling he’s going to give some so-so players a huge payday for shorter term.

      • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Oh and also the older players that are demanding big money mostly would want to go to a contender, not Buffalo.

      • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Exactly! > 30 years old, go for the cup. < 30 years old, go for the money.

  2. illogic87 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I Predict:

    Blues – Statsny
    Wild – Vanek
    Detroit – Nisk
    Bruins – Iginla, Vrbata
    Pitt – Boyle

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Pitt isn’t in the running for Boyle, and is letting Boyle-esque players go this year, and Iginla would have already signed in Boston if Boston had the money/term he wants…how are they going to get him AND Vrbata, if they can’t afford Iginla?

      • esracerx46 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Brian Boyle or Dan Boyle?

      • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Didn’t even think about that. Brian Boyle I could definitely see in Pittsburgh.

      • illogic87 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM


        Updated Prediction:

        Blues – Statsny
        Wild – Vanek, Iginla
        Detroit – Nisk
        Lightning – Vrbata
        Pitt – Boyle

      • fightingwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        If the Wild get Vanek & Iginla watch out. That is all I can say. Will have three legit scoring lines & a hell of a shutdown line. May have to trade a couple young kids like Zucker & Bulmer to give them a shot elsewhere but damn that would be sweet.

    • dchambers144 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      @illogic87: Good call. Boston has $1.6 million in cap space (per Cap Geek); Iginla and Vrbata better come cheap. Actually, given their age and years in the league, I don’t think they could fit both of them even if they took the league minimum.

      • illogic87 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Updated Prediction:

        Blues – Statsny
        Wild – Vanek, Iginla
        Detroit – Nisk
        Lightning – Vrbata
        Pitt – Boyle

    • avsboltspads - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      If the Blues sign Stastny I’ll cry.

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Here’s a tissue

  3. milkmemalkin - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Pittsburgh will probably get Statsny for 5 years at $5 million per.

    • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Really! He was making $6.6 mil per year with the Avs,

    • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      dumb comment of the day.

  4. erbaker67 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Would love if the Penguins could get Brian Boyle. Love the way he plays.

  5. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Looks like Speeza is moving to Dallas.

  6. dcbear90 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    C’mon. Everyone knows free agents leave their teams so they can sign elsewhere for LESS money.

  7. ronniethec - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    The kings loose D man Willie Mitchell. I will miss him. Kings will not pick up anyone in free agency. They don’t need to.

  8. ronniethec - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Kings are the only team in the league that does not have a player with a no trade contract. They won’t be doing anything other than loosing Mitchell. They may sign contracts with some of their future free agents. Dean Lombardi did not win GM of the year but he is the best in the business.

  9. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Penguins sign Christian Ehrhoff to 1 year $4 million deal

  10. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Fayne and Pouliot sign in Edmonton (Pouliot for 5 years). Come on PHT, you’re falling behind here… lol

  11. reeggss - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Hockey412, this is Murray’s first offseason, he is the current GM in buffalo (I assume based on your statement you do not follow hockey all that closely) we all appreciate you playing back seat driver and shooting down everyone else’s posts.
    How about a thought of your own?

  12. reeggss - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Solid contract for ehrhoff, he will still disappoint pens fans

  13. wayoffpiste - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Oh my god…I am starting to feel bad for Edmonton fans….you have some really, really dumb management there. 5 for $20MM for Pouliot? Sheesh….

  14. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Josh Gorges to Buffalo for a 2016 2nd round pick!

    • cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      The reports are saying Gorges rejected a trade to Toronto. Part of the reason he accepted a trade to Buffalo is because his good friend Brian Gionta is very interested in signing here as well…

  15. letsgopens8771 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Brooks Orpik signs with the Washington Capitals. It’s been real, Brooksy.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      And rumor has it the Caps are close to landing Niskanen. I didn’t want to become Penguins south but at this point? I just want a winning product on the ice.

      • letsgopens8771 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        We are working on depth and Jim is making great moves to improve the bottom 6. I think we should be fine. It appears the Penguins want Bennett to play alongside Malkin because the Kulemin talk has died down.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        O… Okay… I wasn’t really commenting on the state of the Pens, moreso the state of the Capitals and their need to sign former Pens (or at least attempt to). But I’m glad your team is fine? I guess?

  16. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    You’ve got to be kidding me the Caps give Orpik 5 years $27.5M?! The new GM has lost the fans support and it’s only taken a big time reach on the 1st round pick and overpaying a 33 year old D man. Good hire Leonsis. Moron…

  17. strictlythedanks - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Vanek to the wild, 6.5 per 3 years

    • youngs79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      PHT is slow on the signings.

      • strictlythedanks - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Ill say

  18. cantescapekarma - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Matt Moulson back to Buffalo (along with Cody McCormick). 5 year deal. Considering that Gorges and Gionta both wanted to come here and Moulson and McCormick both came back (with Moulson getting a 5 year deal with a no movement clause), it speaks pretty loudly that these players wanted to be (back) here. Buffalo must be doing something right…

  19. avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Iginal to Colorado for 3 years/ $19M!


  20. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    which player will be overpaid? Gionta? Vanek? Orpik? Iginla? Pouliot? Miller? Cammaleri? Bolland?

    Player value seems to have gone up with cap increase.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      That is the nature of free agency.

  21. falstaffsmind - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Not sure I understand why Christian Ehrhoff jumped on a one year 4 million contract right out the door. Based on the later signings, he probably could have gotten a much richer longer-term deal without too much trouble.

  22. dumbassgreg - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    ehrhoff has the buyout money. his thinking he puts up numbers this year. someone offers crazy money next year. his contract was also frontloaded first couple years. so 4 million is in area he was to be paid this year

  23. drewsylvania - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Meszaros gets more than Ehrhoff.

    Somebody got ****ed.

  24. dhawks19 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    The central division is the strongest division in the league by far.

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