PHT’s 2013 NHL Free Agent Tracker

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Friday, July 5 is the official start of the National Hockey League’s free agency period (at 12 p.m. ET).

Check back regularly for updates as we keep track of all the signings from what promises to be a busy transaction period.

Note: We’ve included a few deals announced prior to July 5, which came as a result of the NHL’s compliance buyout window. None of them can be made official until Friday.

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July 8

Matt Gilroy signs in Florida: one-year, two-way (link)

Chris Mueller signs in Dallas: n/a (link)

Kevin Poulin re-signs in New York (Islanders): one-year, n/a (link)

Joe Corvo signs in Ottawa: one year, $900,000 (link)

Ryan McDonagh re-signs in New York (Rangers): six years, $28.2 million (link)

Tyson Strachan signs in Washington: n/a (link)

July 7

Frédéric St-Denis signs in Columbus: one year, two-way (link)

Darcy Zajac signs in New Jersey: two year, two-way (link)

Jack Skille signs in Columbus: one year, two-way (link)

Matt Beleskey re-signs in Anaheim: two years, $2.7 million (link)

July 6

Alexander Sulzer re-signs in Buffalo: one year, N/A (link)

Drew Bagnall signs in Buffalo: multi-year, N/A

Mike Santorelli signs in Vancouver: N/A (link)

David Kolomatis signs in Washington: one year, two-way

Andrew Gordon signs in Winnipeg: N/A

Jerome Samson signs in Winnipeg: N/A

John Albert signs in Winnipeg: N/A

Richard Bachman signs in Edmonton: one year, N/A (link)

Adam Pardy signs in Winnipeg: one year, $600,000 (link)

Derek Roy signs in St. Louis: one year, $4 million (link)

Stefan Fournier signs in Montreal: three years, two way

Ryan Jones re-signs in Edmonton: one year, N/A (link)

July 5

Nikolai Khabibulin signs in Chicago: one year, $2 million (link)

Jonathan Bernier signs in Toronto: two years, $5.8 million (link)

Jarome Iginla signs in Boston: one year, $6 million (link)

Matt Cooke signs in Minnesota: three years, $7.5 million (link)

Benoit Pouliot signs in New York (Rangers): one year, $1.3 million (link)

Michael Ryder signs in New Jersey: two years, $7 million (link)

Maxim Lapierre signs in St. Louis: two years, $2.2 million (link)

Carter Hutton signs in Nashville: one year, $550,000

Mike McKenna signs in Columbus: n/a

Saku Koivu re-signs in Anaheim: one year, $2.5 million (link)

Craig Adams re-signs in Pittsburgh: two years, $1.4 million (link)

Rostislav Olesz signs in New Jersey: one year, $1 million

TJ Brennan signs in Toronto: one year, $600,000

Michael Stone re-signs in Phoenix: n/a

Chris Butler re-signs in Calgary: one year, $1.7 million

Brad Richardson signs in Vancouver: two years, $2.3 million

Jeff Schultz signs in Los Angeles: one year, $700,000 (link)

Yannick Weber signs in Vancouver: one year, $650,000

Travis Hamonic re-signs in New York (Islanders): seven years, $27 million (link)

Anton Khudobin signs in Carolina: one year, $800,000 (link)

Eric Nystrom signs in Nashville: four years, $10 million (link)

Dominic Moore signs in New York (Rangers): one year, $1 million (link)

Valtteri Filppula signs in Tampa Bay: five years, $25 million (link)

Dan Ellis signs in Dallas: two years, $1.8 million (link)

Nick Holden, JT Wyman, Guillaume Desbiens sign in Colorado: n/a

Ryan Hamilton signs in Edmonton: n/a

Aaron Johnson signs in New York (Rangers): one year, $600,000

Matt Hendricks signs in Nashville: four years, $7.4 million (link)

Stephen Weiss signs in Detroit: five years, $24.5 million (link)

Mark Mancari, Alexandre Bolduc sign in St. Louis: n/a

Matt Cullen signs in Nashville: two years, $7 million (link)

David Clarkson signs in Toronto: seven years, $36.75 million (link)

Clarke MacArthur signs in Ottawa: two years, $6.5 million (link)

Tyler Bozak re-signs in Toronto: five years, $21 million (link)

Viktor Stalberg signs in Nashville: four years, $12 million (link)

Jared Spurgeon re-signs in Minnesota: three years, $8 million (link)

Scott Hannan (one year, $1 million), Tyler Kennedy (two years, $4.7 million) re-sign in San Jose (link)

Michal Handzus, Michal Rozsival re-sign in Chicago: n/a (link)

Pierre-Marc Bouchard signs in New York (Islanders): one year, $2 million (link)

Ryane Clowe signs in New Jersey: five years, $24.25 million (link)

Rob Scuderi signs in Pittsburgh: four years, $13.5 million (link)

Mike Mottau signs in Florida: n/a (link)

Yann Danis signs in Philadelphia: n/a (link)

Jesse Joensuu signs in Edmonton: n/a (link)

Keith Aucoin signs in St. Louis: one year, $625,000 (link)

Andre Benoit signs in Colorado: one year, $900,000 (link)

Jason LaBarbera, Boyd Gordon sign in Edmonton: n/a (link)

Nathan Horton signs in Columbus: seven years, $37.1 million (link)

Mike Ribeiro signs in Phoenix: four years, $22 million (link)

Mike Komisarek signs in Carolina: one year, $700,000 (link)

Frazer McLaren re-signs in Toronto: two years, $1.4 million (link)

Kyle Chipchura re-signs in Phoenix: n/a (link)

Thomas Greiss signs in Phoenix: one year, $750,000 (link)

Joey Crabb signs in Florida: two years, $1.2 million (link)

Ray Emery signs with Philadelphia: one year, $1.65 million (link)

Daniel Alfredsson signs with Detroit: one year, $5.5 million (link)

Peter Regin signs with New York Islanders: one year, $750,000 (link)

Andrew Ference signs with Edmonton: four years, $13 million (link)

Evgeni Nabokov signs with New York Islanders: one year, $3.25 million (link)

July 4

Daniel Briere signs with Montreal: two years, $8 million (link)

Keith Ballard signs with Minnesota: two years, $3 million (link)

July 2

Vincent Lecavalier signs with Philadelphia: five years, $22.5 million (link)

Florida Panthers aren’t afraid to change, but will they actually improve?

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Change is often a necessary thing in sports, and the results can be swift and brutal. There’s a fine line between rolling with the punches and blindly swinging, however.

The Florida Panthers’ history as a franchise makes you wonder if they’ll ever find the right balance between stability and innovation. Amid all these years of flip-flopping and regime tweaks, there may only be one unsettling constant: the on-ice product being middling-to-terrible.

Just look at the way they burn through coaches.

Six of their 14 head coaches were behind the bench for fewer than 82 games, including Tom Rowe, who was seemingly thrown out with the analytical approach last season.

Their GMs haven’t fared much better. Dale Tallon’s probably received the longest leash of them all, and this past year or so made a mess of that situation. And it’s arguable that things have only degraded as Tallon aims to clean up supposed “messes.”

The Panthers didn’t just lose cheap 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault to Vegas; they also shipped Reilly Smith to the Golden Knights. Smith was a golden boy of sorts to the more stats-leaning members of the franchise, and while he struggled last season, it sure seemed like the Panthers were eager to get rid of him.

The same could be said about Jason Demers.

MORE: Welcome Demers to the trade rumor mill

As abrupt as the Gerard Gallant firing felt, the Panthers didn’t necessarily give the analytical approach much time. At least from an “optics” standpoint.

Now, parting ways with Marchessault, Smith, and possibly Demers may end up being reasonable in hindsight. Still, there’s no denying that Tallon made some mistakes in his stead; the “computer boys” didn’t sign an atrocious Dave Bolland contract and didn’t pick Erik Gudbranson over superior talent.

The bottom line is that the Panthers haven’t won a playoff series since John Vanbiesbrouck led them to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final. There’s legitimate concern that this franchise will keep making the same mistakes – and keep changing the cooks in the kitchen – while the results leave much to be desired.

Will Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau share the same frustrating path as Jay Bouwmeester and others before them?

This summer could serve as a serious fork in the road, as Tallon has some building blocks in place and an estimated $20 million in cap space. Even if the Panthers remain a budget team, they’re likely to have some room to work with.

Perhaps they’ll finally make the right changes?

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Devils will give top pick Hischier a chance to make team right away

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There’s at least some question regarding whether Nico Hischier is ready to jump straight from being the top pick of the 2017 NHL Draft to becoming an immediate part of the New Jersey Devils’ roster.

If he went back to junior, it would break a lengthy trend of No. 1 choices going to the big time right away.

Devils GM Ray Shero seems pretty optimistic that he can handle that jump, though, as you can see from this presser via MSG:

MORE: Devils pick Hischier over Patrick

As one would expect, Shero said that the Devils won’t rush him if it’s “apparent” that the Swiss-born forward isn’t ready. Still, Shero seems convinced that Hischier has the size, skill, and smarts to earn a spot.

Much like Nolan Patrick with the Philadelphia Flyers, Hischier didn’t deny that he wants to make the big time right off the bat.

“Yeah, for sure. I mean, it’s my goal, so it is important for sure,” Hischier said on draft night. “I really want to achieve my goal, but I still know I have to prove a lot of things to play there.”

Hey, maybe Taylor Hall could even ease his adjustment?

Burns and Thornton pose nude for ESPN Body Issue, and yes, it’s weird

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Hey, have you ever wanted to see Brent Burns and Joe Thornton essentially line up against each other naked?

Well, ESPN the Magazine interrupted your answer either way, going ahead and doing it for their vaunted Body Issue.

Considering Thornton’s UFA status, there’s at least an outside chance that this will be their final action together as members of the San Jose Sharks.

This is your last chance not to scroll and see Thornton, Burns, beards, tattoos, and not a whole lot else.

/waits

Former teammate Jason Demers captured it on Twitter, making it his background, and generally winning the Internet for the day:

Did anyone else think about Thornton’s line after Tomas Hertl scored four goals? No? OK.

The real highlight might be Burns and Thornton giggling in robes, honestly.

Click here for more on that issue, including information on U.S. women’s ice hockey team members who will also be featured.

Hjalmarsson shocked by Blackhawks trade, but Coyotes could improve soon

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Who could blame Niklas Hjalmarsson for being surprised that the Chicago Blackhawks traded him? The move blindsided … well, just about everyone outside of the Blackhawks organization, after all.

“It’s going to take some time to get used to that thought,” Hjalmarsson said, according to the Arizona Republic. “At the same time, I’m trying to always be a positive guy.”

Indeed, the 30-year-old defenseman did his best to say all the right things about the Arizona Coyotes, praising a roster that includes “a lot of young and promising players.”

MORE on the trade here

Described by some as the NHL’s best pure defensive defenseman, Hjalmarsson also gives the Coyotes good reason to be excited by a blueline that’s suddenly quite competitive. Consider the quartet that GM John Chayka helped assemble:

Hjalmarsson: An often-underrated part of the Blackhawks’ run. Consider some of the praise he received even before this move was made.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: One of the league’s best-kept secrets, “OEL” ranks as one of the most dangerous scoring defensemen. At 25, he’s still deep in his prime.

Alex Goligoski: When you consider the Dallas Stars’ lost 2016-17 season, don’t dismiss the absence of “Gogo.” He might not be perfect, but the 31-year-old is the sort of puck-mover you need to excel in the modern game.

Jakob Chychrun: At 19, he’s already getting reps at the NHL level. The Coyotes could pair him with a veteran and watch him grow.

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When you look at those four, in particular, it’s easier to see Hjalmarsson’s excitement as more than just lip service. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Coyotes also added Derek Stepan, another sign that this franchise is taking the next step after absorbing other franchises’ problem contracts in the likes of Dave Bolland and Pavel Datsyuk’s last year.

Granted, it will still be an adjustment, as the Coyotes are likely aiming for “respectable” while anything less that a deep run was unacceptable for the Blackhawks.

Still, Hjalmarsson has plenty of power to make this move more palatable than it may have initially seemed.

And, hey, who would blame him for circling Oct. 21 on his calendar?