It didn’t take long for NHL teams to get
into the free agent frenzy as numerous teams started tinkering with and fine
tuning their rosters on July 1st. There were some big-name-players
available as well as some lesser-known’s as well as seasoned veterans and
relatively inexperienced players. Some were signed for the league’s minimum
annual salary and others inked multi-year multimillion dollar deals.
In case you missed anything, we’ll recap
all the major 2017 unrestricted free agent signings up until lunchtime on July
The Ducks signed goaltender Ryan Miller from Vancouver to a two-year deal. They
also made some minor moves by inking Steve Oleksy, Mike Liambas, Derek Grant
and Scott Sabourin.
The Coyotes signed defenceman Adam Clendening from the New York Rangers for a
year while forward Nick Cousins signed for two years from Philadelphia.
The Bruins inked Kenny Agostino, Paul Postma and Jordan Szwarz to one-year deals.
The Sabres signed forward Benoit Pouliot from Edmonton, forward Seth Griffith
from Toronto and goaltender Chad Johnson from Arizona to one-year contracts
while Defenceman Matt Tennyson left Carolina and signed for two years.
Calgary signed forwards Marek Hrivik from the New York Rangers and Luke Gazdic from
New Jersey to one-year contracts.
The Hurricanes inked forward Justin Williams from Washington to a two-year deal.
They also agreed to terms with forward Josh Jooris and defencemen Brenden
Kitchon and Dennis Robertson.
The Blackhawks re-signed forward Patrick Sharp from Dallas for a year and added
forward Tommy Wingels from Ottawa for a season. In addition, the team came to
terms with goaltender J-F Berube from Vegas and forward Lance Bouma.
Colorado signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier from Anaheim to a one-year contract
and also signed Andrew Agozzino, Joe Cannata and David Warsofsky.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce from Pittsburgh to a two-year deal
and defenceman Andre Benoit for one year.
The Stars acquired forward Martin Hanzal from Minnesota for three years and
re-signed defenceman Patrick Nemeth.
Detroit Red Wings
The Wings signed defenceman Trevor Daley from Pittsburgh to a three-year deal.
The Panthers inked forward Evgeny Dadonov from Russia and signed forward Radim
Vrbata from Arizona to a one-year contract and forward Micheal Haley from San
Jose to a two-year deal.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings signed forward Michael Cammalleri from New Jersey to a one-year
contract while defenceman Christian Folin from Minnesota agreed to a one-year deal
and goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Minnesota agreed to a one-year deal.
The Wild signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg from Sweden and defenseman Kyle
Quincey from Columbus to year-long contracts. Forward Kyle Rau inked a one-year
deal while forwards Cal O’Reilly and Landon Ferraro were signed for two years.
The Habs signed defenseman Karl Alzner from Washington for five-years and
centre Peter Holland from Arizona for two years. They also inked forward Byron
Froese and defenceman Matt Taormina to two-year deals.
Nashville signed forward Nick Bonino from Pittsburgh to a four-year contract
and forward Scott Hartnell from Columbus for a year. They also signed
goaltenders Anders Lindback and Matt O'Connor to one-year deals as well as forward
New Jersey Devils
The Devils signed forward Brian Boyle from Toronto to a two-year deal.
New York Rangers
The Rangers signed defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk from Washington for four years
and signed goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from Winnipeg for a season.
Ottawa signed forward Nate Thompson from Anaheim to a two-year deal.
The Flyers agreed to terms with goaltender Brian Elliott from Calgary on a two-year
contract and signed forwards Mike Vecchione, Phil Varone and Corban Knight to two-year
The Stanley Cup champs signed goaltender Antti Niemi from the Rangers and added
defenceman Matt Hunwick from Toronto for three seasons. Defenceman Justin
Schultz also re-signed for three years.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks re-signed forward Joe Thornton for one more year.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues inked forwards Chris Thorburn, Beau Bennett and Oskar Sundqvist to
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa signed defenseman Dan Girardi from the Rangers to a two-year contract after
New York bought him out. They also signed goaltender Michael Leighton from
Carolina and forwards Chris Kunitz from Pittsburgh and Alex Gallant to one-year
contracts. Defenceman Mat Bodie and Jamie McBain also inked year-long deals.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs re-signed goaltenders Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks to two-year
deals. They also signed defenseman Ron Hainsey from Pittsburgh for two years as
well as forward Dominic Moore from Boston for one year and forward Patrick
Marleau from San Jose for three years. They also inked forwards Colin Greening,
Vincent LoVerde and Chris Mueller.
Vancouver signed defenceman Michael Del Zotto from Philadelphia while forward
Sam Gagner from Columbus inked a three-year contract. Goaltender Anders Nilsson
signs from Buffalo for two years and forward Alex Burmistrov signed from
Arizona for a year along with defenceman Patrick Wierioch from Colorado.
Forward Anton Rodin was also re-signed for a year.
Washington re-signed forwards Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov. They also
inked forward John Albert for a year.
Winnipeg signed goaltender Steve Mason from Philadelphia to a two-year contract
while forwards Michael Sgarbossa and Buddy Robinson signed for one year and defenceman
Dmitry Kulikov signed from Buffalo for three years. In addition, defenseman
Cameron Schilling inked a one-year, two-way deal.
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