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The Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms on restricted free agent forward Corey Perry.
It is five-year deal worth $26.625 million and an average of $5.325 a year. The breakdown by year is as follows: $4.5 million, $6.5 million, $5.375 million, $5.375 million and $4.875 million.
The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Joni Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Erik Cole. Details to follow.
Update 12:33pm ET: This TSN link provides more info
From AM 640 radio:
Curtis Joseph will be returning to the Maple Leafs.
AM 640 Toronto Hockey Expert Bill Watters says he’s hearing that Cujo will return as a back-up goaltender, and will be signing a one-year contract worth about $700,000.
*hat-tip to John for the link!
Update 1:09pm ET: Sportsnet agrees with the earlier reports:
Toronto Maple Leaf fans can expect at least one familiar face next season. Sources are telling Sportsnet that goaltender Curtis Joseph has agreed to a one-year deal with his former club.
Update 3:31pm ET: Joseph signing confirmed.
Sources tell TSN the Detroit Red Wings and veteran defenceman Brad Stuart have agreed to terms on a 4 year contract that averages $3.75 million per year. Details to follow.
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins made their first free-agent signing this morning, agreeing to a three-year deal with forward Pascal Dupuis.
They also have agreed to the structure of a contract extension for center Evgeni Malkin, although the deal has not been finalized. Malkin’s contract will be patterned after that of Sidney Crosby, which means it will run five years and include an annual salary-cap hit of $8.7 million.
Sources tell TSN the Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gilbert Brule. Details to follow..
Update 11:36am ET: TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers have created some financial flexibility by dealing hard-hitting left winger Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for 21-year-old centre Gilbert Brule.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
It appears both goalie Cristobal Huet and forward Brian Rolston are headed to free agency later today.
“Yes it looks that way right now,” Stephen Bartlett, the agent for both players, told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday morning.
More on Rolston reported earlier on KK.
At Fire & Ice, Tom Gulitti reports:
It appears they have re-signed Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin as well [as Bryce Salvador, reported earlier], but i’m still waiting for comfirmation on that. The Devils have called an 11:15 a.m. conference call with Lou Lamoriello to “discuss the team’s players.” I’ll give updates and more detail when I acquire them.
update 11:28am, Now updated with this,
The Devils have re-signed left wing Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Bryce Salvador, the team announced this morning.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello also announced that they have passed on the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract for $1.52 million. Lamoriello did not rule out signing Brylin at a later date, but said he will become an unrestricted free agent at noon. Arron Asham will also become an UFA.
use the same link above…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
If the rumor mill is any indication, the one team I’d keep a close eye on is the Chicago Blackhawks. GM Dale Tallon has somewhere in the area of $13 million to spend and I fully expect him to come away with one of the higher-end, puck-moving defensemen (Brian Campbell, Wade Redden, Mark Streit or Michal Rozsival) over the course of the next 24-48 hours.
One of the more intriguing side plots I’ll be watching is the level of interest in two players – Todd Bertuzzi and Ray Emery – whose less-than-ideal reputations precede them in a major way.
This morning, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke with Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning (NHL Home Ice XM 204), discussing the free agent frenzy today.
Daly also talks about the new Russian league and provides other updates on NHL happenings.
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