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Noted by Pierre Lebrun at ESPN:
LeBrun (2 p.m. ET): The Chicago Blackhawks have signed star winger Marian Hossa to a 12-year whopper deal. Sources tell ESPN.com the deal is worth an average of $5.2 million a year.
more here later
added 2:21pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, T
he Chicago Blackhawks landed Marian Hossa today today with the free-agent push in Chicago once again coming from team president John McDonough, who was the driving force behind last year’s two prominent free-agent signings, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet, neither of whom provided good value for the money.
Hossa should be a much better buy - less money against the cap and a far better track record than either Campbell or Huet who, one year after the fact, are problems for the team going forward.
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract and center Tomas Kopecky to a two-year contract.
“To add Marian, an elite and world-class player, and Tomas, a Stanley Cup Champion, to our exciting young core reinforces our commitment to try to win the Stanley Cup,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.
note: Kopecky was added to the headline at 2:24pm.
Update 2:32pm ET: TSN notes that Kopecky’s deal is for $1.2 million per year, for 2 years.
According to Bob McKenzie on the TSN broadcast (you can watch it live on this post), Matt Walker has been signed by Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 years, $6.8 Million.
From Elliotte Friedman via Twitter, David Booth has re-signed with Florida for 6 years.
Update 1:48pm ET: According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Booth deal is worth $25.5 million.
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:
Just heard from a source that the Avs have signed Craig Anderson to a 2-year deal. I’ll confirm soon whether that’s fact or not.
More here later.
Update 1:43pm ET: Dater confirms deal is done.
Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the Avalanche—
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.
“In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Defenseman Andy Greene has re-signed with the Devils.
added 2:16pm, Tom has updated his post, 2years, $1.475 million.
According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, Colton Orr signs a 4-year deal with Toronto, $4 million deal in total.
Update 1:16pm: TSN link.
Update 1:23pm: From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail—
A 27-year-old native of Winnipeg, Orr fought 18 times with the New York Rangers last season. Toronto general manager Brian Burke has made it crystal clear that he wanted to upgrade the Maple Leafs in the toughness department.
Florida has re-signed Radek Dvorak. Two years for 3.4 million total.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As for Toronto, last week an NHL GM told me that he figured his Leafs’ counterpart, Brian Burke, would have both Chris Neil and Travis Moen locked up within the first 24 hours of free agency – and that they would be two-thirds of Toronto’s third line next year. Let’s see if he turns out to be right.
read on for some Hossa/Edmonton thoughts.
Regarding Hossa, Dreger reporting Chiccago showing interest but I wonder, why not just sign Havlat?
via Kevin Allen’s Twittter,
Tampa Bay signed Mattias Ohlund
added 12:19pm, via Tampa Bay Lightning official Twitter,
USA Today’s Kevin Allen is reporting the Lightning have signed defenseman Mattias Ohlund. No confirmation from the team.
added 12:22pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confimed deal. 7yr deal $3.75M cap hit.
added 12:24pm, TSN link.
added 12:56pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning were the stars of the opening day of the free-agent season – and ended up signing so many new players that they had ultimately had 18 forwards on one-way contracts by the time training camp opened.
This year, the Lightning were also first off the mark, signing ex-Canucks’ defenceman Mattias Ohlund to a new contract. The move was done strictly to help fellow Swede Victor Hedman, their 18-year-old first-round draft choice, adapt more easily to the NHL.
After being drafted together in 1999, and playing their entire careers on the same club, the Sedin brothers Daniel and Henrik will continue that trend now in Vancouver.
The brothers have signed a pair of five-year contacts, averaging $6.1 million a season.
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