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  • Flames sign Raymond, Hiller, Engelland

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said last week he was looking for a defenseman with a right-handed shot. He got one Tuesday, along with added insurance in net and some offense to replace Mike Cammalleri. Calgary came to terms with tough defenseman Deryk Engelland, who received a significant pay raise in a three-year deal worth $8.7 million. Engelland's salary with Pittsburgh last season was $575,000. The Flames also signed Mason Raymond to a three-year, $9.5 million deal and Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller to a two-year, $9 million contract. "The term was very important for us," Treliving said Tuesday. "We wanted to keep things three years and under, which we've done on all th

  • Panthers add 6 players in free agency

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers got a little bit of everything Tuesday: Scoring, toughness, goaltending and someone whose fingerprints just happened to be on the Stanley Cup a couple weeks ago. At day's end, it was $60 million spent on about six players. And that might be a small price to pay if the franchise's fortunes wind up turning around. The Panthers wasted no time in free agency to get deals done, signing four forwards, a defenseman and a goaltender shortly after the NHL's offseason shopping season got officially underway. Centers Dave Bolland and Jussi Jokinen were the costliest additions, with Bolland getting a five-year deal worth $27.5 million and Jokinen agreeing to a four-year pact worth $16 million.

  • Flyers re-sign backup G Ray Emery with 1-year deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed backup goaltender Ray Emery with a one-year contract. The Flyers made the move Tuesday on the first day of free agency. They also signed minor league goalie Rob Zepp to a two-way, one-year deal. Emery was 9-12-2 with two shutouts and a 2.96 goals-against average last season as Steve Mason's backup. He is 135-75-21 in his career with Ottawa, Anaheim, Chicago and two stints with the Flyers.

  • Ryan Miller gets 3-year deal with Canucks

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks acquired a starting goaltender Tuesday, signing free agent Ryan Miller to a three-year deal worth $18 million. The Canucks needed a proven goalie after trading Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo in the past 13 months and missing the playoffs this past season. Miller was seen as the best goalie on the free-agent market. "I felt it was important to get a goalie with experience," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "Over the years he's played a lot of games. He gives us that experience that we need." Benning is familiar with the 33-year-old Miller, having worked in Buffalo's scouting department when the Sabres drafted the player in 1999. "He's intense an

  • Canes add Malone, keep Tlusty, hire Waddell

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes opened the NHL's free-agent period Tuesday by adding one forward, keeping another one and bringing on an upper-level executive. The Hurricanes agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent center Brad Malone and gave Jiri Tlusty a one-year contract. They also hired former Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell as the president of Gale Force Sports and Entertainment, which operates both the team and its arena. Jim Rutherford had served as both the team's general manager and president of Gale Force before he stepped aside in April to allow Ron Francis to slide into the GM's spot.

  • Senators keep Michalek with 3-year, $12M contract

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have kept Milan Michalek off the market. The Czech winger is staying with a $12 million, three-year deal the team announced Tuesday soon after NHL free agency began. The 29-year-old Michalek was an unrestricted free agent coming off a season in which he scored 17 goals and had 39 points. He has 187 goals and 394 points in his career with the Senators and the San Jose Sharks.

  • Sharks look to youth as free agency opens

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks began free agency Tuesday by trading veteran defenseman Brad Stuart to Colorado for two draft picks and signing defenseman Taylor Fedun to a one-year deal as part of their commitment to a youth movement. The 34-year-old Stuart is owed $3.6 million in the final year of his contract this season. With the Sharks looking to turn the team over to younger players, Stuart no longer fit and agreed to the deal. The 26-year-old Fedun has played only four NHL games, scoring two goals this season for Edmonton. The former Princeton product had 18 goals and 47 assists in 135 games in the AHL for Oklahoma City.

  • Devils sign free agent Cammalleri to 5-year deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The New Jersey Devils added much-needed offense to their attack by signing free-agent forward Mike Cammalleri to a five-year, $25 million contract on Tuesday. The team announced the signing, and a person familiar with contract provided the terms of the deal. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Devils did not reveal those numbers. The signing was made on the first day of the NHL's free-agency period. Cammalleri is an 11-year NHL veteran, who has spent the past two-plus seasons with the Calgary Flames. He is a six-time 20-goal scorer, who had 26 goals and 19 assists in 63 games last season. Overall, he has 236 goals and 266 assists in 669 games split between Calgary, Montreal and Los Angeles.

  • Maple Leafs sign Stephane Robidas, Leo Komarov

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their revamp on the first day of free agency by signing defenseman Stephane Robidas and forward Leo Komarov on Tuesday. Robidas signed for $9 million over three years, while Komarov returned to Toronto after a year in Russia's KHL to sign an $11.8 million, four-year deal. Robidas broke his leg during the playoffs while playing for the Anaheim Ducks. He has 56 goals and 195 assists in 885 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Ducks. The addition of Robidas gives the Leafs three right-handed shots with Roman Polak and Cody Franson. Dion Phaneuf had been playing the right side despite shooting left.

  • Oilers sign Mark Fayne, Benoit Pouliot

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Mark Fayne and forward Benoit Pouliot. Fayne signed a $14.5 million, four-year deal with Edmonton. He spent the past four seasons with the New Jersey Devils, where he had 13 goals and 35 assists in 242 regular-season games. Fayne was drafted in the fifth round, 155th overall, of the 2005 draft. Pouliot signed a five-year deal worth a reported $20 million. Pouliot spent last season with the New York Rangers, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals. He had his best statistical season with the Rangers, scoring 15 goals and adding 21 assists in 80 games. He had five goals and five assists in the playoffs.

  • Islanders agree to 2-year deal with Johnson

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders have agreed to a two-year deal with goaltender Chad Johnson. The 28-year-old Johnson was 17-4-3 with the Boston Bruins last season as a backup to Tuukka Rask, who recently won the Vezina Trophy as the league's most outstanding goaltender. Johnson was sixth in the league in goals-against average (2.10) and save percentage (.925). Johnson was a fifth-round pick of Pittsburgh in 2006 and has played in 37 games with the Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers. He played for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and had a 1.66 goals-against average his senior year in 2008-09. He was selected the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year.

  • Jackets deal Frattin to Toronto for D'Amigo, pick

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Jerry D'Amigo and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs for right wing Matt Frattin. Frattin returns to the Leafs, where he played 82 games from 2010-13 before being dealt to Los Angeles. The 23-year-old D'Amigo appeared in 22 games with Toronto last season, making his NHL debut on Dec. 5. He had a goal and two assists with the Maple Leafs and added 17 goals and 12 assists in 70 games with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies. The 26-year-old Frattin, acquired at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Kings, is a restricted free agent. He had an assist in four games with the Blue Jack

  • Avs get D Brad Stuart in trade with Sharks

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche acquired defenseman Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in 2016 and a sixth-rounder in 2017. The 34-year-old Stuart will help bolster the Avalanche's blue line after a season in which he skated in 61 games for the Sharks. He was third on the team in blocked shots (114) and hits (122). Stuart was the third overall pick by San Jose in 1998. He's also suited up for Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles and Detroit. Colorado has been active the last two days, acquiring veteran forward Daniel Briere from Montreal on Monday for right wing P.A. Parenteau and a fifth-round pick next year. Earlier Tuesday, the Avalanche lost Paul Stastny through free agency as the cent

  • Jets sign Perreault to 3-year, $9 million deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets have signed forward Mathieu Perreault to a three-year, $9 million contract. Perreault spent last season with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring 18 goals and 25 assists. In 228 games with Washington and Anaheim, he has 51 goals, 62 assists and 106 penalty minutes. He was drafted in the sixth round, 177th overall, in the 2006 draft.

  • Blues sign Paul Stastny to 4-year deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have lured Paul Stastny away from division rival Colorado, signing the veteran center to a four-year, $28 million deal Tuesday. Stastny has spent his entire career with the Avalanche after being picked in the second round of the 2005 draft. He thrived under first-year coach Patrick Roy last season, scoring 25 goals as he helped the Avalanche overtake St. Louis for the Central Division crown and into the postseason for the first time since 2009-10. The 28-year-old Stastny is a St. Louis native. His father, Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, and brother, Yan Stastny, are former Blues players. Paul and Peter Stastny will be the fifth father-son combination to have played for the Blues in fr

  • Sabres acquire D Gorges in deal with Canadiens

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Josh Gorges in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens. In exchange, the Sabres gave up a second-round pick in the 2016 draft in a deal made Tuesday shortly after the start of the NHL's free-agency period. Gorges is a nine-year NHL veteran, who spent the past seven-plus seasons in Montreal. He's a dependable blue liner, whom the Sabres targeted to help groom their young crop of defenseman. He had a goal and 13 assists in 66 games last season, and has 14 goals and 84 assists in 560 games. The Canadiens quickly filled the void left by Gorges by agreeing to sign free-agent defenseman Tom Gilbert to a two-year contract.

  • Red Wings sign Riley Sheahan to $1.9M, 2-year deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Riley Sheahan to a $1.9 million, two-year contract. Detroit completed the deal with the restricted free agent Tuesday just before he potentially could have gotten offers from other teams. The 22-year-old Sheahan had nine goals and 24 points in 42 games last season for the Red Wings after playing one game for them in each of the previous two years. Detroit drafted him No. 21 overall in 2010. He made headlines a couple years later when he pleaded guilty to drunken driving while wearing a Teletubby costume following a Halloween party. Police at the time said he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30, well over the legal limit. Sheahan was 20 at the time of the arrest.

  • LA Kings re-sign D Jeff Schultz to 2-year deal

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed defenseman Jeff Schultz to a two-year contract. The Stanley Cup champions announced the deal Monday with Schultz, who played a key supporting role in their title run. Schultz didn't appear in a regular-season game for the Kings, spending most of last season with their AHL affiliate in Manchester. But he was thrust into the Los Angeles lineup when defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr were injured early in the postseason. Schultz capably filled in for seven games, going scoreless. Schultz has appeared in 399 NHL regular-season games with the Washington Capitals. The Kings signed him as a free agent last summer.

  • Sabres to take modest approach to free agency

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Tim Murray decided defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and his hefty contract did not fit in his long-term vision for rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres. Former Sabres captain Steve Ott, on the other hand, just might. Fresh off clearing Buffalo's books of the remaining seven years of Ehrhoff's contract, Murray is targeting veteran role players to augment his team's young roster once the NHL's free-agency period opens Tuesday. "I'd like to acquire a couple of veteran guys who can play the game, but can also show our kids how to be pros," Murray said Monday. "So I'm going to focus on at least two of those guys." And that makes Ott a candidate to return to Buffalo after he was part the Sabr

  • Neal eager to emerge as leader for Predators

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Nashville Predators forward James Neal is eager to deliver offensive firepower for a franchise traditionally known for its defense. The Predators acquired Neal in a Friday trade that sent forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In a conference call Monday with local media, Neal said that, "I need to step up and be a top guy on the team, be a leader. I'm excited for that challenge." Neal's addition reflects how the Predators are attempting to boost their offense under new coach Peter Laviolette after having a reputation as a defense-oriented team throughout the franchise's history. The Predators ranked 19th in the league with 2.61 goals per game last season and missed the playoffs for a sec