NHL free agency Friday one-stop shop

Today’s free agency kickoff in the NHL will keep things busy all afternoon. While some names and players are going to be more than well worth the attention, some guys might not quite be worth a ton of attention. Since it’s free agent day and everyone deserves a little bit of ink, we’ll keep track of all of today’s signings here for you to keep score at home.

Like we said, they all won’t be big time winners, but they’ll all be here. Refresh the page as you wish to or just check back in throughout the day.

Minnesota re-signs goalie Josh Harding: One year, $750,000 (Source)

Detroit re-signs forward Patrick Eaves: Three years, $3.6 million (Source)

Columbus signs defenseman James Wisniewski to six-year, $33 million deal.

Vancouver re-signs defenseman Sami Salo to one year deal worth $2 million.

Vancouver re-signs forward Chris Higgins: Two years, $3.8 million (Source)

Detroit re-signs forward Drew Miller: Two years, $1.65 million (Source)

Pittsburgh re-signs forward Tyler Kennedy for two years, $4 million.

New Jersey re-signs defenseman Andy Greene to a four year deal.

Tampa Bay signs goalie Mathieu Garon: Two years, $2.6 million (Source)

Buffalo re-signs forward Cody McCormick: Three years, $3.6 million (Source)

Edmonton signs forward Ben Eager: Three years, $3.3 million (Source)

Chicago signs forward Jamal Mayers: One year, $550,000 (Source)

Florida signs goalie Jose Theodore: Two years, $3 million (Source)

Chicago signs forward Brett McLean: One year, two-way deal worth $525,000 (Source)

Dallas signs defenseman Adam Pardy: Two years, $4 million (Source)

Chicago signs defenseman Sean O’Donnell: One year, $850,000 (Source)

Florida signs forward Scottie Upshall: Four years, $14 million (Source)

Washington signs forward Jeff Halpern: One year, $825,000 (Source)

Phoenix signs forward Raffi Torres: Two years, $3.5 million (Source)

Phoenix signs goalie Mike Smith: Two years, $4 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs forward Jaromir Jagr to a one year deal worth $3.3 million.

Calgary signs defenseman Chris Butler (RFA): Two years, $2.5 million (Source)

Phoenix signs forward Boyd Gordon: Two years, $2.65 million (Source)

Vancouver signs forward Mark Mancari: One year, $525,000 (Source)

Dallas signs forward Radek Dvorak: One year, $1.5 million (Source)

Florida signs defenseman Ed Jovanovski: Four years, $16.5 million (Source)

Dallas signs forward Vernon Fiddler: Three years, $5.4 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs forward Jakub Voracek (RFA): One year, $2.25 million (Source)

Colorado signs defenseman Jan Hejda: Four years, $13 million (Source)

Chicago signs forward Andrew Brunette: One year, $2 million (Source)

St. Louis re-signs forward Matt D’Agostini: Two years, $3.3 million (Source)

Florida signs forward Marcel Goc: Three years, $5.1 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs defenseman Andreas Lilja (Source)

New Jersey re-signs goalie Johan Hedberg: One year deal (Source)

Phoenix re-signs Radim Vrbata: Three years, $9 million (Source)

Philadelphia signs forward Maxime Talbot: Five years, $9 million (Source)

Colorado acquires goalie Semyon Varlamov from Washington, signs him to two year, $5.5 million deal.

Winnipeg signs defenseman Derek Meech: One year, two-way deal worth $700,000 (Source)

Carolina signs goalie Brian Boucher: Two years, $1.9 million (Source)

Montreal signs goalie Peter Budaj: Two years, $2.3 million (Source)

New York Rangers sign Mike Rupp: Three years, $4.5 million (Source)

Detroit signs defenseman Mike Commodore: One year, $1 million (Source)

Pittsburgh signs forward Steve Sullivan: One year, $1.5 million (Source)

Washington signs forward Joel Ward: Four years, $12 million (Source)

New York Islanders sign forward Marty Reasoner: Two years, @2.7 million (Source)

Phoenix signs forward Alexandre Bolduc: One year, two-way deal $575,000 (Source)

Washington signs defenseman Roman Hamrlik: Two years, $7 million (Source)

Montreal signs forward Erik Cole: Four years, $18 million (Source)

Edmonton signs forward Darcy Hordichuk: One year, $825,000 (Source)

Edmonton signs defenseman Cam Barker: One year, $2.25 million (Source)

Ottawa signs goalie Alex Auld: One year, $1 million (Source)

Dallas signs forward Michael Ryder: Two years, $7 million (Source)

Dallas signs forward Jake Dowell: One year, $800,000 (Source)

Boston signs forward Benoit Pouliot: One year, $1.1 million (Source)

Buffalo signs forward Ville Leino: Six years, $27 million (Source)

Vancouver signs forward Marco Sturm: One year, $2.25 million (Source)

Carolina signs forward Alexei Ponikarovsky: One year, $1.5 million (Source)

Washington signs forward Ryan Potulny: Two years, $1.05 million (Source)

Dallas signs defenseman Sheldon Souray: One year, $1.65 million (Source)

San Jose signs defenseman Jim Vandermeer: One year, $1 million (Source, Source 2)

Florida signs forward Tomas Fleischmann: Four years, $18 million (Source)

Philadelphia trades Kris Versteeg to Florida for two draft picks.

Columbus signs goalie Curtis Sanford: One year, two-way deal; $600,000 (Source)

Edmonton signs forward Eric Belanger: Three years, $5.25 million (Source)

Anaheim trades defenseman Andy Sutton to Edmonton for defenseman Kurtis Foster

Columbus signs goalie Mark Dekanich: One year, $575,000 (Source)

Boston signs forward Trent Whitfield (Source)

Boston signs goalie Anton Khudobin (Source)

Columbus signs defenseman Aaron Johnson (Source)

Colorado signs forward Chuck Kobasew: Two years, $2.5 million (Source)

St. Louis signs goalie Brian Elliott: One year, two-way deal worth $600,00 (Source, Source 2)

Carolina signs forward Tim Brent: Two years, $1.5 million (Source)

Carolina signs forward Jiri Tlusty: One year, $525,000 (Source)

Colorado signs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere: Two years, $2.5 million (Source)

Tampa Bay signs forward J.T. Wyman: One year, two-way contract (Source)

Edmonton signs defenseman Corey Potter: One year, two-way contract (Source)

Ottawa signs forward Francis Lessard: One year, two-way contract (Source)

Chicago signs forward Dan Carcillo: One year, $775,000 (Source, Source 2)

Winnipeg signs forward Tanner Glass: One year, $750,000 (Source)

Vancouver signs forward Andrew Ebbett: One year, $525,000 (Source)

San Jose signs forward Michal Handzus: Two years, $5 million (Source)

Florida signs forward Sean Bergenheim: Four years, $11 million  (Source)

New York Rangers re-sign Ruslan Fedotenko: One year, $1.4 million (Source)

Backstrom provides OT winner as Capitals take 3-2 series lead

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The Washington Capitals are on the verge of the second round.

Yes, the Capitals, who began the series with back-to-back losses in Game 1 and 2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, are now on the brink of eliminating Ohio’s team after Nicklas Backstrom‘s deft deflection in overtime gave the Capitals their third straight win and a 3-2 series lead.

It was the fourth time in the series both clubs played to a tie in regulation. After Columbus won the first two in OT, Washington replied with a win in double-overtime in Game 3 before Backstrom ended Game 5 at the 11:53 mark of the first frame of free hockey.

Backstrom scored his first goal of the series to open the scoring for the Caps and assisted for the sixth time in the series on the go-ahead goal in the second period before Oliver Bjorkstrand tied it in third.

[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]

Braden Holtby had to be sharp, especially in the third period as, inexplicably, the Caps were outshot 16-1. At home. Holtby made 40 saves when it was all said and done.

Two-hundred feet away, Sergei Bobrovsky was up to the task, making some silly stops including a big one on Alex Ovechkin earlier in overtime and a bigger one in regulation time off the same man’s stick.

Game 6 of this series is slated for Monday in Columbus, with a start time still to be determined.

In his post-game comments, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said, twice, that his team will be back in the capital for Game 7.

The promise has been made.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Kucherov, Vasilevskiy shine as Lightning eliminate Devils in 5

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One’s up for the Hart as the NHL’s best player while the other is up for the Vezina as the league’s top goaltender. Both combined their talents to eliminate the New Jersey Devils with a 2-1 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov was once again on point for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Saturday’s matinee. Leading 1-0 in the third period, Kucherov scored a clutch goal — his fifth of the series — to put the Lightning from just inside the blue line to put the Bolts up two with seven minutes and change remaining.

It proved vital, Kucherov’s goal, as the Devils attempted a late comeback with Kyle Palmieri scored with three minutes remaining after Devils pulled Cory Schneider for the extra attacker 30 seconds earlier.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stood tall in the final 180 seconds, stopping 26-of-27 to help usher the Lightning into the second round.

Tampa, the Atlantic Division winners in the regular season, will face the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, who play later on Saturday in Game 5. The Bruins lead the series 3-1.

Kucherov was as immense for the Lightning as he was oppressive for the Devils, adding five assists to bring his series total to 10 points. His usual scoring touch was supplemented by his play in the physical department, including this bone-crushing hit on New Jersey defenseman Sami Vatanen.

[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]

For the Devils, it was hard-fought series from a young team still trying to find its way in the playoffs.

The Devils abandoned goalie Keith Kinkaid after dropping the first two games. Cory Schneider, who hadn’t won a game in 2018 before Game 3, came in and provided the spark in goal, one that seemed to get the Devils going at the other end of the rink as well as they rolled to a 5-3 win.

But that well ran dry in Game 4 as the Devils produced just one goal in a 3-1 loss. Game 5 was much the same, production-wise, with the Devils only managing one goal.

Fellow Hart Trophy candidate Taylor Hall provided two goals and six points in the series after a 93-point regular season. Rookie Nico Hischier managed just a goal after scoring 20 in his rookie campaign.

For Vasilevskiy, after looking far more human in the second half of the season, finding his mojo again can only be mean bad things for future playoff opponents.

The young Russian finished with a .941 save percentage in the series.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Blue Jackets’ Matt Calvert scores unusual breakaway goal

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We’ve all see some breakaways go horribly, horribly wrong in the past.

Patrik Stefan reigns supreme here. Devin Setoguchi didn’t fare too well on this one. And then there was this gaffe by Dennis Wideman once upon a time.

But sometimes one screws up, only to rebound quickly and turn a near-blunder into a nice-ish goal.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert did that today, in what’s already being called the best/worst breakaway attempt of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As you can see in the video above, Calvert gets a nice clean breakaway. As he attempts to first a wrist shot, he whiffs on the attempt but manages to corral the puck back, doing the whole spin-o-rama thing, and deposit the puck past Braden Holtby for his second goal of the game.

Sometimes it just all works out.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

WATCH LIVE: Lightning, Bruins try to move on to Round 2

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Game 5: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning, 3 p.m. ET (Lightning lead series 3-1)
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Call: Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
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Game 5: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals, 3 p.m. ET (Series tied 2-2)
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Call: Chris Cuthbert, Ray Ferraro
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Game 5: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins, 8 p.m. ET (Bruins lead series 3-1)
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Call: Mike Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
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*Regionalized coverage – Florida markets and WNBC in New York metro area will air NJ-TB on NBC and CBJ-WSH on NBCSN; all other markets will receive CBJ-WSH on NBC and NJ-TB on NBCSN

[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]