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From TSN (link added 3:17pm ET):
Montreal Canadiens agree to terms with restricted free agent Andre Kostitsyn. Sources say it’s a three year deal worth $3.25 million per year.
via TSN breaking news, more to come…
Detroit signs goalie Ty Conklin to a one year deal at $750,000.
From TSN (link not yet available):
Sources tell TSN Andrew Raycroft has agreed to a 1 year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Details to follow.
3:27pm ET: TSN reporting the deal is for $800,000 for the one year.
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Kurt Sauer to a four-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to add Kurt to our defensive corps,” said Maloney. “We see him as someone who can match up against top forwards and handle a lot of ice time.”
—From the Phoenix Coyotes
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract.
Update 3:25pm ET: TSN reports that Theodore’s deal is for 2 years, $9 million.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Per Ledin to a one-year contract.
Ledin, 29, spent this past season with HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League, where he tallied 33 points (16g/17a) and 137 penalty minutes in 52 games. The left winger finished third on the team in penalty minutes, fifth in goals and sixth in points. He also appeared in all 17 playoff games for Jonkoping, which captured the league title.
“Per Ledin will add a different dimension to our team,” said Avalanche Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet. “We believe his gritty style of play will benefit our club in the upcoming 2008-09 season.”
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenceman Denis Gauthier and a second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two prospects.
Gauthier, 31, spent all of last season in the American Hockey League, playing with the Philadelphia Phantoms, putting up 18 points and a plus-16 rating in 78 games.
Update 2:23 pm ET: More on Gauthier from Rich Hammond.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent defenseman Mark Eaton. Financial terms were not immediately known.
Update 2:20 pm ET: From TSN’s tracker,
Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign UFA D Mark Eaton to a 2 year deal worth $2-million
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
The threat of retirement is not standing in the way of NHL teams taking a hard run at free agent forward Mats Sundin.
Sources tell TSN as many as four teams have tablde offers for the 37 year old, including one undisclosed team that has offered a whopping $10 million per year on a multi-year contract.
Update 2:33pm ET: Which team offered $20 million for 2 years to Sundin? The Canucks, so sayeth the rumor guys.
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,
The Mats Sundin thing notwithstanding, the Lightning’s final move today likely will be signing goaltender Olaf Kolzig. It’s not done, but talks apparently are going well.
Update 2:27pm ET: From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
Got word that the team is getting there on a deal with Kolzig and the team is still in the mix for Rolston.
Update 2:49pm ET: Fan590 is saying the Kolzig deal is done. And Lightning Strikes has an update on Mike Smith:
As if the Lightning wasn’t busy enough today, now it appears the team will announce a contract extension, believed to be for two years, for goaltender Mike Smith. The goalie has one year left on his contract that pays $950,000 next season.
Update 4:21pm ET: TSN tracker notes that Kolzig signed for $1.5 million
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