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PHT’s 2014 free agent frenzy tracker


Welcome to Thunderdome! Or, as us in the hockey biz like to call it, July 1.

Throughout today, PHT will bring you up-to-the-minute news covering all the signings and trades that go down across the NHL. And — because we know you don’t wanna go looking all over the place for what’s happened — we’ve created this here handy tracker to keep tabs on all the action.

Enjoy the day…

Tuesday, July 1

New York Islanders sign Harry Zolnierczyk: for one year, $600,000 (link); they also sign Cory Conacher to an identical one-year, $600,000 deal (link)

Detroit Red Wings re-sign D Kyle Quincey for two years, $8.5 million (link)

Anaheim Ducks sign G Jason LaBarbera for one year, $750,000 (link)

New York Islanders signed F Jack Skille to a two-way deal (link)

Tampa Bay signs G Evgeni Nabokov: one year, $1.55 million (link)

Pittsburgh re-signs C Marcel Goc: one year, $1.2 million (link)

Florida signs D Willie Mitchell: two years, $8.5 million (link)

Philadelphia Flyers signed F Blair Jones to a two-way deal (link)

New Jersey re-signs F Stephen Gionta: two years, $1.7 million (link)

Dallas signs F Patrick Eaves: one year, $600,000 (link)

Washington signs D Matt Niskanen: seven years, $40 million (link)

Chicago signs C Brad Richards: one year, $2 million (link)

Phoenix signs G Devan Dubnyk: one year, $800,000 (link)

Philadelphia signs G Ray Emery (one year, $1M) and G Robb Zepp (link)

Buffalo signs D Andrej Meszaros: one year, $4.125 million (link)

Calgary signs D Deryk Engelland: three years, $8.7 million (link)

Tampa Bay signs F Mike Blunden: one year, $600,000 (link)

New Jersey signs G Scott Clemmensen: one year, $ N/A (link)

Detroit signs F Kevin Porter (link)

Buffalo signs F Cody McCormick: three years, $4.5 million (link)

Carolina re-signs F Jiri Tlusty: one year, $2.95 million (link)

Tampa Bay signs D Anton Stralman: five years, $22.5 million (link)

Columbus trades Matt Frattin to Toronto for Jerry D’Amigo (link)

Buffalo re-signs F Marcus Foligno: two years, $3.75 million (link)

Colorado signs RW Jarome Iginla: three years, $16 million (link)

New Jersey re-signs F Steve Bernier: one year, $600,000 (link)

Buffalo signs LW Matt Moulson: four years, $25 million (link)

Toronto signs F Leo Komarkov: four years, $11.8 million (link)

Chicago re-signs C Peter Regin: one year, $650,000 (link)

Colorado signs D Zach Redmond: two years, $1.5 million (link)

New Jersey signs F Martin Havlat: one year, $1.5 million (link)

Florida signs C Derek McKenzie: three years, $3.9 million (link)

Minnesota signs Thomas Vanek: three years, $19.5 million (link)

New York Rangers re-sign Dominic Moore (two years, $3M), sign Tanner Glass (three years, $4.35M) (link)

Toronto signs D Stephane Robidas: three years, $9 million (link)

Florida signs RW Shawn Thornton: two years, $2.4 million (link)

Colorado signs D Bruno Gervais: one year, $650,000 (link)

Florida signs G Al Montoya: two years, $2.1 million (link)

Calgary signs G Jonas Hiller: two years, $9 million (link)

Pittsburgh signs G Thomas Greiss: one year, $1 million (link)

Dallas signs G Anders Lindback: one year, $ N/A (link)

Colorado re-signs D Nick Holden: three years, $4.95 million (link)

New York Islanders sign T.J. Brennan: one year, $600,000 (link)

Buffalo signs F Brian Gionta: three years, $12.75 million (link)

Winnipeg signs C Mathieu Perreault: three years, $9 million (link)

Montreal signs D Mike Weaver: one year, $1.75 million (link)

Washington signs D Brooks Orpik: five years, $27.5 million (link)

Carolina signs C Brad Malone: two years, $1.3 million (link)

Montreal signs D Tom Gilbert: two years, $5.6 million (link)

Dallas signs LW Ales Hemsky: three years, $12 million (link)

Phoenix signs F Joe Vitale: three years, $3.3 million (link)

Vancouver signs G Ryan Miller: three years, $18 million (link)

San Jose trades D Brad Stuart to Colorado for picks (link)

Pittsburgh signs F Blake Comeau: one year, $700,000 (link)

Vancouver signs D Bobby Sanguinetti: one year, $600,000 (link)

Anaheim signs D Clayton Stoner: four years, $13 million (link)

Calgary signs F Mason Raymond: three years, $9.5 million (link)

Florida signs C Dave Bolland: five years, $27.5 million (link)

New Jersey Devils sign LW Mike Cammalleri: five years, $25 million (link)

New York Rangers sign D Dan Boyle: two years, $9 million (link)

Colorado sign LW Jesse Winchester: two years, $1.8 million (link)

Florida signs LW Jussi Jokinen: four years, $16 million (link)

Washington signs G Justin Peters: two years, $1.9 million (link)

Tampa Bay signs F Brian Boyle: three years, $6 million (link)

Edmonton signs D Keith Aulie: one year, $800,000 (link)

Montreal trades D Josh Gorges to Buffalo for ’16 2nd-round pick (link)

St. Louis signs C Paul Stastny: four years, $28 million (link)

Ottawa re-signs F Milan Michalek: three years, $12 million (link)

New York Islanders sign G Chad Johnson: two years, $2.6 million (link)

St. Louis signs C Jori Lehtera: two years, $5.5M (link)

Edmonton signs F Benoit Pouliot (five years, $20M) and D Mark Fayne (four years, $14.5 million) (link)

Pittsburgh signs D Christian Ehrhoff: one year, $4M (link)

Montreal signs C Manny Malhotra: one year, $850,000 (link)

Ottawa trades Jason Spezza to Dallas for Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, 2015 2nd-round pick (link)

Columbus re-signs D Frederic St. Denis: one year, $550,000 (link)

Vancouver re-signs F Mike Zalewski: two years, $1.85M (link)

Detroit re-signs C Riley Sheahan: two years, $1.9M (link)


Florida inks Mitchell — two years, $8.5M — another 2x Cup winner


The Florida Panthers added another veteran with Stanley Cup pedigree on Tuesday afternoon, agreeing to terms with ex-Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell on a two-year, $8.5 million deal.

Mitchell, who won two Cups in Los Angeles, signified a trend for Florida — the deal came just hours after Panthers GM Dale Tallon brought aboard center Dave Bolland, who captured a pair of championships during his time in Chicago; Tallon also signed former Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton, who won Cups with the Bruins and Ducks.

As for Mitchell, the 37-year-old wasn’t out of work for long after Los Angeles decided to pass on his services. The club let Mitchell walk despite all he brought to the table — two years ago, he scored a career-high 24 points and averaged 25:19 TOI in the playoffs as the Kings won their first ever Cup; after missing the entire 2013 campaign with knee issues, Mitchell returned this season and was a regular fixture on the L.A. blueline, playing more than 20 minutes a night during the regular season before upping that to 22:20 in the playoffs (despite missing eight games with an undisclosed injury.)

In Florida, he’ll get a nice raise and be the veteran presence (presumably) replacing Ed Jovanovski, who was bought out of the final year of his contract.  Mitchell, along with 35-year-old Brian Campbell, will be the resident greybeards on a blueline that features Erik Gudbranson (22), Dmitry Kulikov (23), Dylan Olsen (23), Alex Petrovic (22), Colby Robak (24) and 18-year-old Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The move will also reunite Mitchell with ex-Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. The pair joined Vancouver together in 2006-07 and spent four seasons together as teammates.

Panthers sign Shawn Thornton — two years, $2.4 million

Shawn Thornton

The Florida Panthers are adding a little bit of snarl to the lineup.

The Panthers have signed former Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton to a two-year, $2.4 million deal according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Thornton is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and Bruins in 2011 who’ll plug in on the Panthers’ fourth line providing physical play, bench inspiration, and the occasional fight with an opposing tough guy.

Thornton, 36, spent the past seven seasons in Boston and earned some negative attention with his attack on Brooks Orpik this season that earned him a 15-game suspension.

PHT Morning Skate: Gaborik all about the winning

Marian Gaborik

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

What was Marian Gaborik signing his seven-year, $34.125 million deal with Los Angeles all about? No, not the money. OK so somewhat the money, but mostly all about the winning. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Turns out that deal was a really good one for the Kings as well. (Sportsnet)

It’s been mentioned before, but the St. Louis Blues are really going to go with Jake Allen and Brian Elliott in goal this season. So you can stop mentioning which free agent goalies would be a fit there. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Have you figured out who you think the No. 1 pick will be on Friday night yet? No? You’re not alone at all. (Edmonton Journal)

Shawn Thornton is drawing a lot of interest so far in free agency talks. Grit, toughness, and locker room presence is still in demand. (CSNNE.com)

Penguins prospect defenseman Derrick Pouliot played for new Pens coach Mike Johnston in Portland and is a big fan.

PHT Morning Skate: Oilers in market for puck-moving defenseman

Justin Schultz

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish would like to trade for a puck-moving defenseman. (Edmonton Sun)

Shawn Thornton’s value to Boston went far beyond the numbers. (CSN New England)

New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (hip) and forward Ryane Clowe (concussion) are both healthy at this point. (The Bergen Record)

The Dallas Stars have officially bought out the final season of Aaron Rome’s contract. (NHL.com)

Would it make sense for the Washington Capitals to try to pry Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs? (CSN Washington)

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick said the team has entered each playoff run with the expectations of winning the Stanley Cup for years, so all success has done in that regard is aligned the expectations of others with that of the Kings’ locker room. (LA Kings Insider)