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  1. 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 –…

  2. 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…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Ducks, Bobby Ryan struggle to find common ground on extension

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    For the most part, NHL teams and their players are allies. The one notable exception, though, is when a team goes into contract discussions with its players and their agents. It seems like the talks between restricted free agent Bobby Ryan and the Anaheim Ducks are getting a little contentious, as Eric Stephens of the…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota signs Eric Nystrom to three-year, $4.2M contract

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    The Minnesota Wild signed former Calgary Flames forward Eric Nystrom to a three-year, $4.2 million contract according to Bob McKenzie. At age 27 with a career-high of 19 points last season, it’s hard to say that Nystrom justified the Flames’ decision to make him the 10th pick of the 2002 draft. He’s a gritty player,…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blackhawks exodus continues as Oilers sign Colin Fraser

    Jul 1, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    NHL teams are raiding the lower depths of the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster like an alcoholic burns through a hotel mini-bar. The latest departure is marginal center Colin Fraser, whom the Edmonton Oilers signed to a two-year, $1.65 million contract. Fraser played in 70 games for Chicago during the 09-10 season, putting up seven goals and…

  6. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota hands Matt Cullen three-year, $10.5M deal

    Jul 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    To me, Matt Cullen evokes the old saying, “Jack of all trades, but a master of none.” Cullen seems like a good character guy, is an adequate defensive player, is well above average when it comes to face-offs and can put the puck in the net on occasion. Rarely would you say that he’s the…

  7. 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…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Stars nab former Blackhawk Adam Burish

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    The raid on the Chicago Blackhawks’ depth players continues as the Dallas Stars snagged fringe forward Adam Burish with a two-year, $2.3 million deal according to Nick Kypreos. While the Dallas Stars feature a nice collection of productive forwards, they could use a little more elbow grease. Adam Burish could flourish if he’s the “dirty…

  9. 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…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Saku Koivu won't retire, signs two-year deal with Ducks

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    The Anaheim Ducks are now bating .500 with their aging, potentially-retiring players. While Scott Niedermayer decided to hang up his skates for good (well, allegedly … some people think he’ll “pull a Brett Favre”), Saku Koivu just signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the team. While it’s good news for the team to retain…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Devils sign Johan Hedberg to ease Martin Brodeur's burden

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

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    Johan Hedberg will (or at least should) always hold a special place in the hearts of Penguins fans as “The Moose” came out of nowhere to help the team make a deep playoff run during Mario Lemieux’s amazing comeback from retirement. Despite that Cinderella run, though, Hedberg has just been a borderline NHL goalie since…

  12. 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…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Rangers in talks with the 'other' Russian winger Alex Frolov

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

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    While Ilya Kovalchuk gets all the attention as this summer’s high-profile goal scoring Russian left wing (that’s a mouthful), former Los Angeles Kings forward Alex Frolov mostly slips under the radar. He shares a lot in common with Kovalchuk although he’s certainly nowhere near as dynamic, consistent or productive. Mean folks might even call him…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Flames sign Olli Jokinen to two-year, $6M contract

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

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    Perhaps the most giggle-worthy rumor is now fact; the Calgary Flames signed erstwhile forward Olli Jokinen to a two-year, $6 million contract according to Darren Dreger. Should Jokinen be called the Prodigal Center? I’ve already discussed how silly the reunion really is, but to review, Jokinen spent a chunk of one unsuccessful season with the…

  15. 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…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Devils lock up shot blocker Anton Volchenkov for six years

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Devils lost key defenseman Paul Martin today, but they’re trying to fill the void by committee with the additions of Henrik Tallinder and former Ottawa Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Volchenkov’s agent Jay Grossman just Tweeted that the Devils are on the verge of signing the Russian shutdown D for a six year…

  17. 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…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers land Kurtis Foster for two years, $3.6 million

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Kurtis Foster went from a sad story to an impressive comeback player over the last few years. The Edmonton Oilers will reward him with a bit of security. They signed the once-hobbled defenseman to a two year, $3.6 million deal today, according to sources including ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. When you consider all the big deals…

  19. 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…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Flames reportedly flirting with Olli Jokinen reunion

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    For years, Glen Sather was the annual leader in head-scratching deals for GMs. It seems like Darryl Sutter is trying to give him a run for his money, as various sources (including Darren Dreger and Bruce Garrioch) indicate that the Calgary Flames might bring back fledgling center Olli Jokinen. Dreger reported that the deal could…

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