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  1. Small holiday signings: Capitals ink Richmond, Sabres lock up Weber

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

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    Daniel Carcillo, Mike Weber, Ryan Miller

    The Capitals signed Danny Richmond while the Sabres agreed to terms with Mike Weber during this holiday afternoon.

  2. Another Wild trade: Sharks deal Dany Heatley to Minnesota for Martin Havlat

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:45 PM EST

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Six

    The Sharks and Wild shocked the hockey world by making their second big trade in a month tonight. This time around, the Wild received the immediate upgrade by nabbing Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat. Read all about the impact for both teams in this post.

  3. Flyers’ summer of zaniness continues as rumors float that Max Talbot’s deal violates the CBA

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:01 PM EST

    Maxime Talbot

    You’d think that Christian Ehrhoff or Brad Richards’ big, front-loaded deals would be the most obvious violations of the NHL’s CBA this summer. Instead it’s the Flyers’ relatively modest five-year, $9 million deal with Max Talbot that might be voided.

  4. Appraising the new-look Florida Panthers after a busy free agent weekend

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

    Dale Tallon

    The Panthers might be the most dramatically different team in the NHL once the 2011-12 starts. But have they dramatically improved their team in the process? PHT takes an in-depth look at the team’s biggest additions.

  5. Better bring your cup to training camp: Penguins sign Boris Valibik to two-year deal

    Jul 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Boris Valabik, Shean Donovan

    Sidney Crosby and Boris Valabik might have an awkward reunion at Penguins training camp after the team signed the defenseman to a one-year, two-way contract.

  6. Should the NHL be upset with the structure of Brad Richards’ new contract?

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    bradrichardsgetty

    The NHL probably won’t contest Brad Richards’ new contract with the Rangers, but in a way, it pretty much perpetuates the same cap-circumventing loophole work that made the league come down hard on the Devils’ first contract with Ilya Kovalchuk. This post compares those deals to show that the Richards deal should get through, but carries the same spirit.

  7. Red Wings hope to reduce impact of Brian Rafalski’s retirement with Ian White

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White

    The Red Wings hope to replace some of Brian Rafalski’s production by committee. Signing former Sharks defenseman Ian White could help them do that.

  8. Flyers West? Los Angeles Kings shrewdly sign Simon Gagne to two-year, $7M deal

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Simon Gagne

    The Kings continued their transformation into the Flyers of the West with the addition of Simon Gagne. His health makes him a risk, but this post details why his two-year, $3M contract might be the best bargain of free agency so far.

  9. Brad Richards consolation prize? Maple Leafs sign Tim Connolly for two years, $9.5M

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Tim Connolly, Ondrej Pavelec

    The Maple Leafs fell short of getting Brad Richards, settling for Tim Connolly at two-years, $9.5 million. Will injury-prone Connolly be worth the shorter-term risk?

  10. Jaromir Jagr explains why he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers

    Jul 2, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    Tomas Rolinek, Jaromir Jagr

    Jaromir Jagr explains why he chose the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins and other suitors … and he claims it’s not all about money.

  11. Rob Niedermayer will play in Switzerland next season

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

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    Alex Ovechkin, Rob Niedermayer

    Rob Niedermayer will play in Switzerland next season.

  12. Lightning sign Matt Gilroy to one-year, $1M deal

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

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    Matt Gilroy, Mathieu Garon

    The Lightning now have eight defensemen after signing Matt Gilroy to a one-year, $1 million contract.

  13. Rangers spend big again, land Brad Richards with 9-year, $60M blockbuster

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Brad Richards,  Patrick Sharp

    Maybe we should have seen this coming the whole time: the Rangers spend huge again to land a free agent, as Brad Richards accepted their gaudy nine-year, $60 million offer. This post examines the pros and cons of that deal.

  14. Relocation experts: Oilers acquire Andy Sutton from Ducks for Kurtis Foster

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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    Andy Sutton

    Andy Sutton (and all the “Are you an expert?”) jokes will follow him to Edmonton after the Ducks traded him to the Oilers for Kurtis Foster.

  15. Canadiens add another American after handing Erik Cole a four-year, $18M deal

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Martin St. Louis, Erik Cole

    The Canadiens added another American to their lineup, locking up Erik Cole to a four-year, $18 million deal.

  16. Capitals try to add playoff toughness by signing Joel Ward and Roman Hamrlik

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:56 PM EST

    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

    After adding Joel Ward and Roman Hamrlik, the Capitals took another step toward being the playoff-proven team that critics demand.

  17. Capitals trade Semyon Varlamov to Avalanche for picks; Colorado gives him two-year deal

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Los Angeles Kings v Washington Capitals

    The Avalanche traded their 2012 first round pick and a conditional second rounder to the Capitals for Semyon Varlamov’s negotiating rights. This post takes a look at the impact of this deal for both teams as well as how this changes the free agent goalie market.

  18. Desperate Panthers over-spend on Ed Jovanovski and Scottie Upshall’s four-year deals

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Tukka Rask, Scottie Upshall

    The Panthers’ desperation to reach the $48 million salary cap floor continues to be evident after they gave Scottie Upshall a silly four-year, $14 million deal.

  19. Devils lock up Andy Greene for four years

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

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    Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils

    The Devils re-signed Andy Greene for four years today.

  20. Penguins keep Tyler Kennedy after all, signing him to two-year, $4M deal

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five

    While they pulled their offer for Jaromir Jagr, the Penguins decided to bring back Tyler Kennedy with a two-year, $4 million deal.

  21. Fun-killers: Four players who could have made today’s free agent frenzy more exciting

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    charaandbergerongetty

    Today’s free agent frenzy should be fun, but what if Zdeno Chara, Joe Thornton, Alex Semin and Patrice Bergeron were available?

  22. The Terry Pegula effect: Sabres sign Christian Ehrhoff to 10-year, $40M deal

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Christian Ehrhoff

    The Sabres got their man, signing Christian Ehrhoff to a monster 10-year, $40 million deal.

  23. There is still no word on where Jaromir Jagr will land

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:49 PM EST

    Jaromir Jagr

    The Jaromir Jagr saga remains in limbo as of this afternoon. It begs the question: will he be worth all the hype?

  24. Ryan O’Byrne signs two-year, $3.6M deal extension with Colorado, ends purse snatching jokes?

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

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    Ryan O'Byrne

    Ryan O’Bryne might be known to many as a purse-snatcher, but his wallet will be pretty fat after signing a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Avalanche.

  25. Bruins will let Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder become unrestricted free agents

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Four

    It looks like the Bruins will let Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle test the free agent market on Friday, but the team hasn’t closed the door to their possible returns.

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