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James O’Brien

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    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?

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    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.

  4. Rob Niedermayer will play in Switzerland next season

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin, Rob Niedermayer

    Rob Niedermayer will play in Switzerland next season.

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    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.

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Martin St. Louis, Erik Cole

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

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    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.

  12. Devils lock up Andy Greene for four years

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils

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

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    charaandbergerongetty

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

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Christian Ehrhoff

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

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr

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

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    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.

  19. Blackhawks sign defenseman Steve Montador for four years, $11M

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders

    The Blackhawks didn’t take long to take advantage of their window of negotiations with defenseman Steve Montador, handing him a hefty four-year, $11 million deal.

  20. Christian Ehrhoff polls other players about Buffalo, Sabres wait for his answer

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Christian Ehrhoff, Dennis Seidenberg

    The Sabres expect to hear what Christian Ehrhoff wants soon, but they won’t give him a deadline to make his decision.

  21. Oilers sign defenseman Ladislav Smid to two-year, $4.5M deal

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    The Chris Pronger deal was rough for the Oilers, but they ultimately got Jordan Eberle and Ladislav Smid out of the deal. Both seem to have a future in Edmonton after Smid signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal today.

  22. Predators add J.P. Dumont to the buyout bin

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    Predators Ducks Hockey

    The Predators bought out the final season of forward J.P. Dumont’s contract after an abysmal 19-point season, giving the free agent market a slight boost in the process.

  23. Hurricanes hand Jussi Jokinen a three-year, $9M extension

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Henrik Lundqvist, Jussi Jokinen

    The Hurricanes answered another of their free agent questions before July 1, signing forward Jussi Jokinen to a three-year, $9 million deal.

  24. Avalanche will retire Peter Forsberg’s No. 21 with the Red Wings in town

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

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    forsbergno21ap

    The Avalanche will retire Peter Forsberg’s No. 21 in a ceremony on opening night. The best part might be that it will take place before a game against the Red Wings.

  25. Todd Marchant ends his NHL career after 17 seasons, joins Ducks’ front office

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

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    Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars

    Todd Marchant retired after his 17th season in the NHL, leaving behind a legacy as an underrated defensive forward … and, at one point, a guy whose speed made him a borderline star in the world of video games.

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