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from TSN, T
he Phoenix Coyotes have signed goaltender Mike Morrison to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last season, his first in the NHL, Morrison posted a record of 11-4-3 with a 2.95 goals against average and a .882 save percentage in 25 combined games with Edmonton and Ottawa.
The Nashville Predators have signed unrestricted free agent centre Jason Arnott to a five-year, $22.5-million contract.
from the New York Islanders,
Mike Sillinger, one of the game's top defensive centers and a 32-goal scorer last season, is now a member of the New York Islanders. The Islanders signed the 35-year old Sillinger to a three-year contract late last night.
from Sports Bladet (rough translation follows),
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With the type of speed he normally uses to slice his way up the ice, Ed Jovanovski was plucked off the free-agent market and away from the Vancouver Canucks by Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes. Just hours after the NHL's free-agency period began Saturday at 9 a.m., Jovanovski signed a five-year, $32.5-million US deal with the Coyotes. He chose it over a second deal Phoenix tabled, a four-year, $28-million offer. Both contracts easily trumped an offer from Florida. There was no way the Canucks, with their salary commitments, could offer anywhere near that kind of money. They never made an offer.continued
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
You can forgive fans of the Boston Bruins if they look a bit bewildered. After suffering through years of mismanagement on Causeway Street, they're probably not sure how to react when something positive happens to their team. It's fair to say that something positive happened Saturday, just hours after the start of the free agent shopping season. The Bruins, guided by the hand of interim GM Jeff Gorton, signed the marquee member of the 2006 class, defender Zdeno Chara. Moments later, they added center Marc Savard, the NHL's ninth leading scorer in 2005-06. That friends is a big splash. Fans of the Bruins should feel free to jump up and down, buy the first round, and wear the black-and-gold again with pridecontinued
Despite the flurry of signings on Saturday, the NHL free agency cupboard is still well-stocked, and more big signings can be expected before the holiday weekend is over. With most of the top defensive players signing, and a Pronger deal looking very expensive, teams could start turning to the remaining free agent forwards instead. There are nine forwards left on the TSN.ca All-Free Agent Team - enough for three full lines. Jason Arnott, Anson Carter, Bill Guerin, Michael Peca, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, Sergei Samsonov, Brendan Shanahan and Doug Weight are the remaining gems.read on
from EJ Hradek of ESPN,
Crazy! That's the best word to describe the first day of the NHL's free agent season. Flush with cash, general managers around the league were quick out of the gate (the market opened at noon ET on Saturday) trying to convince their favorite free agents to sign on the dotted line. And for the most part, they weren't disappointed. Through the first 12 hours of the free agent period, more than 30 UFAs either re-signed with their old club or agreed to terms with a new team. Most of those skaters were defensemen, who fell like dominoes in the first several hours.continued
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