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  1. Overcoming Lebda: Nashville signs Niclas Bergfors to one-year deal

    Jul 3, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Niclas Bergfors

    The Predators moved on quickly after dealing off Cody Franson and Matt Lombardi while acquiring disappointing defenseman Brett Lebda. Signing possible spark plug forward Niclas Bergfors should do the trick.

  2. Tomas Vokoun learns from Evgeni Nabokov’s example on when to say “yes” to a deal

    Jul 3, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Tomas Vokoun

    Tomas Vokoun’s surprise (and cheap) signing in Washington showed that he learned a lesson after Evgeni Nabokov’s failed free agent campaign last year: When to swallow your pride.

  3. Predators trade Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi to Maple Leafs for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney

    Jul 3, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Cody Franson

    The Leafs and Predators swing a deal that sees the Predators clear up salary space and the Leafs gain a solid defenseman and potentially a very useful forward.

  4. With Capitals and Sabres in cap crunch, who gets moved to sign restricted free agents?

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Alexander Semin

    After the free wheeling and spending the Caps and Sabres have done this offseason, they find themselves in a salary cap bind and a few of their own players to retain. So what happens now?

  5. Panthers add toughness, sign former Capitals bruiser Matt Bradley to two-year contract

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:31 AM EDT

    Matt Bradley

    Florida wasn’t done shopping after their crazy spending spree on Friday as they locked up former Capitals tough guy Matt Bradley to a two-year deal on Saturday.

  6. Oilers sign 2011 number one pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to three-year entry level deal

    Jul 3, 2011, 12:55 AM EDT

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    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    The Oilers locked up their 2011 number one pick in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Now the question is… Will he play in Edmonton next season?

  7. Saturday’s smaller signings: Anaheim, Carolina, St. Louis, and Winnipeg join the party

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

    Kent Huskins

    Four teams made a few lighter impact signings on Day 2 of free agency. We’ll give you the quick once-over on those deals.

  8. Net reinforcement: Capitals sign goalie Tomas Vokoun to one year, $1.5 million deal

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Tomas Vokoun

    We can say the Capitals are officially strong contenders for the Stanley Cup now that they’ve locked up Tomas Vokoun to be their goalie next season at a discount price.

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. What’s next for those who lost the Brad Richards sweepstakes?

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Brad Richards

    With Brad Richards headed to the New York Rangers, the three teams that failed to land him are now left to figure out what to do next to help them out for next season.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Report: Seattle building a new arena to lure hockey team?

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Storm Saviors Basketball

    Chicago businessman Don Levin has been in the Seattle area putting together plans to build an arena that would house a potential NHL team.

  19. Panthers go big again, like huge: Sign Bergenheim to cap off eventful day

    Jul 2, 2011, 2:41 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

    All it took was one day in July for Dale Tallon to get people to take the Florida Panthers seriously again. Acquiring eight players in one day will do that.

  20. Brad Richards to make decision on Saturday, Calgary Flames in the mix?

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

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    After a day full free agent signings, rumors, and trades, Brad Richards stated that he’ll wait until Day 2 of free agency to announce his decision. Surprisingly, the Calgary Flames may be one of the front runners.

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