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Leafs sign d-man Hunwick: two years, $2.4 million

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have kicked off free agency with a minor signing, agreeing to a two-year pact with veteran blueliner Matt Hunwick.

The deal, per Sportsnet, is worth $2.4 million and carries an average annual cap hit of $1.2M.

Hunwick, 30, scored 11 points in 55 games for the Rangers last year and made six playoff appearances. The former Bruin and Avalanche played on a one-year, $600,000 deal in ’14-15 and headed to unrestricted free agency after what was, all things considered, not a bad effort in his lone year as a Blueshirt.

Jets re-sign Pardy: one year, $1 million

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The Jets have kept physical defenseman Adam Pardy in the fold with a one-year, $1 million deal, per TSN.

Pardy, 31, appeared in 55 games for the Jets last year, scoring nine points while racking up 40 PIM. He also appeared in two playoff games in the club’s opening-round loss to Anaheim, scoring one goal.

This new deal represents a nice raise for the former Flame, Star and Sabre — Pardy made $700,000 on his last contract, and likely earned this pay bump after performing well when Winnipeg’s blueline was decimated by injury.

At 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds, Pardy is just one of several big bodies on the Jets’ defense, joining the likes of Dustin Byfuglien (6-5, 260), Tyler Myers (6-8, 219) and Ben Chiarot (6-3, 215).

Wild lock in Granlund — two years, $6M — and confirm Reilly signing

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Put another pair of tick marks on Chuck Fletcher’s offseason to-do list.

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild announced they’ve agreed to a two-year, $6M extension with RFA forward Mikael Granlund and confirmed the signing of collegiate free agent Mike Reilly.

The Granlund deal was considered Fletcher’s last important signing after getting the likes of Charlie Coyle, Marco Scandella and Devan Dubnyk all signed to new contracts. Granlund, the club’s first-round pick (ninth overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is coming off a solid campaign in which he scored 39 points in 68 games, and another six in 10 playoff appearances.

Granlund will now carry a $3M average annual cap hit — up from $900,000 on his entry-level deal — and will net $2.8 million in salary the first year, and $3.2M the second.

As for Reilly, news of his signing broke last week, making today’s announcement more of a formality. The skilled d-man, a Hobey Baker finalist this year, led the University of Minnesota in scoring this season and signed a two-year pact with the Wild. No word yet on the financials.

Wings sign former Hobey Baker winner Miele to one-way deal (Update: McCollum re-signs too)

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Another interesting move just prior to the opening of free agency — Detroit has re-upped with Andy Miele on a one-year, one-way deal worth $575,000, per TSN.

The most interesting aspect is the one-way contract. Miele, who won the Hobey Baker in 2011 with Miami of Ohio, has spent most of his professional career in the AHL and appeared in just 15 NHL contests.

That said, it’s easy to see why the Wings went this route.

Miele enjoyed tremendous success last year in Grand Rapids under Jeff Blashill, scoring 26 goals and 70 points in 71 games. He was equally strong in the playoffs — 14 points in 16 games — and with Blashill taking over Mike Babcock’s head coaching gig in Detroit, it’s not surprising he’s brought Miele along for the ride.

The knock the 27-year-old is his size — at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, he’s been viewed as too small to be a factor in the NHL. But the emergence of Tyler Johnson in Tampa Bay has really changed perceptions on that front, and it’ll be interesting to monitor Miele next season as he looks to make an impact with the Wings.

Update: The Wings also announced they inked AHL goalie Tom McCollum to a one-year extension.

Crowded crease: Flames bring back Ramo on one-year, $3.8M deal

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Interesting move from the Flames to open free agency — per Sportsnet, they’ve re-signed goalie Karri Ramo to a one-year, $3.8 million deal.

Ramo, 28, didn’t sound as though he’d be back in Calgary in mid-May, when Flames GM Brad Treliving suggested the team’s crease was getting a little crowded with Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio already under contract.

“We’ve got a young guy Ortio who’s pushing, knocking on the door,” Treliving explained. “[Ramo] is a decision we’ve got to make over the course of the next few weeks, we’re just not there yet.

“A wise man told me there’s only one net. Carrying three goalies, you can only do it for a short period of time.”

That said, the Flames were pleased with how the Finnish netminder played last season. Ramo had a solid campaign, essentially splitting starting duties with Hiller — Ramo had 32 starts to Hiller’s 44 — and that trend carried over to the playoffs, where Hiller was the No. 1 against Vancouver, only to cede the gig in Round 2 versus Anaheim, when Ramo took the job and played well.

In Calgary’s Game 5 elimination contest, Ramo was stellar in stopping 44 of 47 shots, many of the highlight-reel variety.

Recent rumors suggested Calgary was in the market for another goalie. At the draft, the club was rumored to be in the running for former Rangers (now Oilers) netminder Cam Talbot — so, in that light, bringing back Ramo isn’t a huge surprise.

That said, the Finn has scored himself a nice raise — up from the $2.75M annually he made on his last deal — and the Flames now have $8.4M locked into him and Hiller.