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  1. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Winners and losers after day one

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    After one day of free agency, you start to get a sense for just who the “winners” and “losers” will be free agency. And today, it looks like there’s more losers than anything as teams grossly overpaid for mediocre players. Our list: Winners: Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins lost Sergei Gonchar, but arguably upgraded on…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: After one day, who's left?

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    With one day in the books in the 2010 NHL free agency period — that wasn’t really a frenzy as much as it was nutty — here’s the top free agents remaining (and their 2009-2010 cap hit) who are still looking for jobs. Forwards: Ilya Kovalchuck – 27 – $6,389,300 Pavol Demitra – 35 –…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov still available

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    You knew this was bound to happen; with so many goaltenders hitting free agency this summer and with not that many teams in need of a starter there was bound to be some goaltenders on the outside looking in. But Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov? Trends build in sports, where one or two teams have…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Andrew Raycroft signs two-year contract with Dallas Stars

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars announced this afternoon that they have signed goaltender Andrew Raycroft to a two-year contract, filling their need for a backup goaltender to new starter Kari Lehtonen. Financially, it’s a great deal for the Stars. The first season of the deal is two ways, worth $700,000/$105,000 and the second year a one-way deal…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: No news on Ilya Kovalchuk just yet

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    We are now six hours into the 2010 NHL free agency period and still nothing concrete on Ilya Kovalchuk — the supposed top free agent this summer. All day long it’s looked like the Los Angeles Kings were the frontrunners on Kovalchuk, but over the past few hours things have slowed down a bit on…

  6. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Buffalo Sabres sign D Jordan Leopold

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    The Buffalo Sabres lost two defensemen via free agency, but managed to fill that void by signing free agent defenseman Jordan Leopold — who finished last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The financial terms haven’t been disclosed just yet, but it’s a three-year contract for another one of the more underrated defensemen on the market…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Chicago Blackhawks trade Andrew Ladd to Atlanta

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks continue to make moves in an effort to free up cap space, as they trade RFA Andrew Ladd to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for a draft pick and defensive prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy. Ladd was given a qualifying offer by the Hawks late last week, but they just couldn’t afford to keep…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Atlanta Thrashers sign G Chris Mason

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Chris Mason turned down a big contract with the St. Louis Blues, who then traded for Jaroslav Halak. Mason entered a crowded goaltending market and had to settle for a very cheap deal with the Atlanta Thrashers. Mason signed a two-year contract with the Thrashers, worth $1.6 million for the first season and $2.1 million…

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Dan Hamhuis signs with Vancouver Canucks

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    The Vancouver Canucks are committed to improving their defensive corps this season and with several defensemen set to become UFA’s next summer, they are now set for the next few seasons. After acquiring Keith Ballard from the Florida Panthers, the Canucks have now won the Dan Hamhuis sweepstakes. The Canucks were the frontrunners for Hamhuis…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: New Jersey Devils sign D Henrik Tallinder to 4-year contract

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The New Jersey Devils lost Paul Martin to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but gained one of the more underrated defensemen on the market by signing Henrik Tallinder to a four-year contract worth $3.375 million per season. Tallinder was part of the solid Buffalo Sabres blue line last season, and has played his entire career in Buffalo.…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Ray Whitney signs two-year contract with Phoenix Coyotes

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ray Whitney, unable to reach a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this week, has signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes worth $6 million. The Hurricanes had hoped the Whitney wouldn’t be able to get the deal he wanted on the open market he would return to Carolina, but with Whitney has to…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Savard trade to Calgary looking less likely

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Earlier today, as we neared the start of free agency, rumors started to pop up that had the Boston Bruins trading Marc Savard to the Calgary Flames. There’s just one issue with that rumor, and one that seems to be the sticking point with that deal going down. Robin Regehr, who would supposedly be the…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Paul Martin signs with Pittsburgh Penguins

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ray Shero have done what many thought impossible: upgrade on defense despite losing Sergei Gonchar. We don’t have the financial terms just yet, but ESPN and multiple sources have reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Paul Martin, right after signing Zbynek Michalek. [Update:] Martin signed a five-year, $25 million…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov odd goaltenders out

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

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    We are now just about two and half hours into free agency and the two biggest names on the goaltender market are still available. Martin Biron, Antero Nittymaki, Alex Auld and now Dan Ellis have all signed with four of the teams that seriously needed goaltenders. That leaves Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco on the…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Dan Ellis signs with Tampa Bay

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    We don’t have the financials just yet, but it looks as though the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Dan Ellis. Ellis had hoped to sign with the Montreal Canadiens after having his rights traded, but with Alex Auld signing with the Habs, Ellis had to turn elsewhere. He’ll be a great fit with Tampa…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Manny Malhotra signs with Vancouver Canucks

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Manny Malhotra is getting one heck of a raise, thanks to the Vancouver Canucks. After making $700,000 last season with the San Jose Sharks, Malhotra has signed a three-year contract worth $2.5 million per season with the Canucks, with a no-trade clause thrown in for good measure. Apparently the going rate this summer for mediocre…

  17. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Colby Armstrong signs 3-year, $9 million deal with Toronto

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    If this isn’t the biggest sign that this summer has one of the weakest free agency pools in recent memory, I don’t know what is. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Colby Armstrong to a three-year, $9 million contract. Armstrong scored just 15 goals last season, one year after his “breakout season’ in 2008-2009…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Zbynek Michalek signs with Pittsburgh Penguins

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Penguins lost Sergei Gonchar, and apparently couldn’t offer Paul Martin the money he wanted. Instead, the Penguins pick up perhaps the most underrated defenseman on the market this summer as they sign Zbynek Michalek for five years and $20 million. It’s a great deal for Michalek and the Penguins, who pick up a…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Paul Martin an option for Pittsburgh?

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

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    With the Pittsburgh Penguins losing Sergei Gonchar to the Senators, the talk has now heated up with the Pens becoming interested in defenseman Paul Martin. Martin was unable to re-sign with the Devils and is now on the open market. You wonder just how much the Penguins would be willing to give Martin, however, as…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blues sign Alex Steen to contract extension

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues have signed Alex Steen to a four-year contract extension, the summer after enjoying a bit of a breakout season with 24 goals last season. Steen played his first four seasons with Toronto before being traded to St. Louis in November, 2008. We’ll update on the financial terms when they’re available.

  21. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Alex Tanguay signs with Calgary Flames

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

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    Alex Tanguay is headed back to Calgary, signing a one-year contract with the Flames. He enjoyed the best season of his career a few years back with Calgary, but scored just 37 points last year with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Still haven’t heard the exact financial terms, but for now we knows it’s a one-year…

  22. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sergei Gonchar signs with Ottawa Senators

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Sergei Gonchar, unable to work out a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has signed with the Ottawa Senators in the opening minutes of free agency. Gonchar wanted a three-year deal with Pittsburgh at around $5 million per season — the Penguins were unwilling to make that commitment and he walked. The Senators swooped in and…

  23. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Savard to Calgary rumors abound

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    As of noon today, Marc Savard’s no trade clause opened up to allow him to name five teams he’d be willing to be traded to. Almost immediately, rumors began to pop up on a trade that sends Savard from Boston to Calgary. The specifics, of course, differ depending on who the source is — but…

  24. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Dan Ellis to headed to the open market

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

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    Dan Ellis seemed extremely excited about his rights being traded to the Montreal Canadiens, going off on Twitter about thrilled he was to be going to “hockey mecha”. Now, it seems, Ellis is headed into the free agency market after all. Several reports have said that contract negotiations with Ellis never went very far, and…

  25. Tampa Bay trades Andrej Meszaros to Philadelphia

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    TSN has just reported that the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Andrej Meszaros from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for a second round draft pick. Meszaros is a solid defenseman who has played with the Senators and the Lightning the past five seasons, and has played in less than 81 games a season just…

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