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Chara Now A Bruin

via TSN,

Zdeno Chara's days with Ottawa Senators are over, as the giant defenceman signed with the Boston Bruins.
update 3:03pm, By the way, Fan 590 just had another update, NO MENTION OF CHARA!!! Well, I guess we can put it this way, they only missed by about 3000 miles. But very poor journalism by not correcting their mistake. update 3:08pm, Now Fan 590 reports Chara to Boston at $7.5 million for five years. added 3:55pm, Bruins press release on Chara...

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Chara A King

Fan 590 reporting Sporsnet is saying Chara is a LA King. added 2:27pm, still waiting for a verification link from Sportsnet. But I heard it myself at their last update.... added 2:42pm, Fan 590 just had their sports udpate, now saying "paper work not completed so you can scratch that one for now". added 2:49pm, They are now back to WC soccer talk. Do you think they would explain this a little more?

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Signing An RFA

I have had some emails asking what the compensation is for signing Group 2 FAs. Directly from the NHL FREE AGENTS SUBJECT TO COMPENSATION AND RIGHT TO MATCH - GROUP 2 Players who have been tendered a qualifying offer by their respective Clubs and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match. The draft choice compensation scale is based on compensation offered by the new Club: OFFER COMPENSATION $660,000 or below None Over $660,000 to $1 million Third-round choice Over $1 million to $2.0 million Second-round choice Over $2.0 million to $3.0 million First-round and third-round choice Over $3.0 million to $4.0 million First-round, second-round and third-round choice Over $4.0 million to $5.0 million Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice Over $5 million Four first-round choices Instead of listing the Group 2 FAs, just go to the TSN Free Agent List I mentioned in an earlier post. I am sure they will be updating as players sign.

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Other Signings

Signings that don't knock your socks off will be posted in this thread throughout the day. via TSN,

The Nashville Predators have re-signed goaltender Chris Mason to a two-year deal worth a total of $2.5 million.
added 1:28pm, from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Brent Johnson, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
added 1:41pm, via TSN,
The New York Rangers President have signed restricted free agent defenseman Karel Rachunek. Rachunek, 26, skated in 45 games with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Russian Hockey League last season, collecting 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points, along with 73 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating.
Also, I have added Sportsnet's Free Agent Tracker and a list of FA from TSN. You can find the link on the left sidebar of the hockey page under Hockey Links. added 1:54pm, via TSN, Blue Jackets sign depth players, including Anders Eriksson. added 2:28pm, via TSN,
The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed veteran right winger Scott Mellanby to a one-year, $1-million contract.
added 5:19pm, Andy Delmore to the Bolts.

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Commodore Still In Carolina

from RDS (translated),

Hurricanes of the Caroline rewarded the defender Mike Commodore while making him sign a two year old contract. He was an autonomous player with restriction. The back which helped its team to gain the Stanley cut will touch wages of 1,2 million in 2006-07 and 1,3 million in 2007-08.

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Report- Roloson Stays With Edmonton

via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Edmonton Oilers have re-signed free agent goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a three-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

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Bouillon Signs With Habs

from RDS (translated),

Good news for the partisans of the Canadian since the defender Francis Bouillon signed a three year old contract with the team. The agreement is of average EMU of 1,875 million per season.

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Langenbrunner Stays With Devils

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner has re-signed with the New Jersey Devils just prior to the free agent deadline of noon eastern.
more to come... update 1:05pm, Fan 590 in Toronto reports deal is five years at $2.8 million a year.

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Eric Staal Expected To Sign Extension

from the News & Observer,

In 2002, Jim Rutherford felt obligated to bring everybody back for the season following the run to the Stanley Cup finals. "Last time, I made too many decisions with my heart and not my head," Rutherford said Friday. "This time, we've got a plan and we're sticking to it." The next step in that plan is to lock up their franchise player and leading scorer, 21-year-old center Eric Staal. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, the Canes could not re-sign Staal, who had not completed his entry-level contract, until today. That three- or four-year deal is expected to be announced this afternoon with Staal, who became the franchise's first player with 100 points since 1989-90. He will become the team's highest-paid player at an excess of $4 million annually.
read on update 12:32pm, from TSN,
Sources tell TSN that Eric Staal has agreed to a new three-year contract with the defending Stanley Cup champions. Sources say the deal will pay him $4 million in the first year, $4.5 million in the second year and $5 million in the third year.

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Looking At…

from the Toronto Star,

There is little doubt the Leafs must bolster a blue line that has only two legitimate NHLers in Kaberle and Bryan McCabe. They'll certainly explore the Chara possibilities, but a more likely scenario could see them go after the likes of Jay McKee and/or Willie Mitchell, who will each command upwards of $3 million. Another large defenceman they appear to be interested in acquiring is 6-foot-7 Hal Gill of the Boston Bruins, whom they could get for about $1.5 million a year. "We're going to take advantage of the space we have under the cap," Ferguson said.
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres are overstocked at forward, as only 15 of their 23 will make the team. Most of those not making the club would have to clear waivers in order to play in Rochester - an unlikely scenario - so the team may have to trade a few in order to bolster its weakest position. That, of course, is defense. "We've had some young guys have tremendous years [in junior hockey], but they're probably a couple years away. And the guys we drafted are even further," Ruff said. "We'll be looking."
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
If Wilson chooses to dip into the free-agent market, it might be for a forward. The top line could use a more consistent left wing to complement major individual award winners Joe Thornton (most points, MVP) and Jonathan Cheechoo (NHL's top goal-scorer). And the playoffs suggested for a second time in a row that another battle-tested, strong-character forward or two wouldn't hurt. "With the UFA market, high-end guys will do well," Wilson said. "But the flooding of all the other guys in there, there is the issue of supply and demand. Teams will have to make big decisions."
added 10:40am, from the Arizona Republic,
Defensemen such as Jay McKee, Brendan Witt and Pavel Kubina may be more realistic options for Phoenix. Free-agent forwards Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner and Alyn McCauley are believed to be on Phoenix's radar. But if the Coyotes can't afford or lure any of them, don't be surprised if Barnett makes trade inquiries to Colorado about right wing Dan Hinote and/or Vancouver for center Brendan Morrison, if he hasn't already. Also, Ottawa right wing Martin Havlat has been linked to the Coyotes in rumors.

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