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)

Stars’ Stephen Johns nears return after 22-month absence

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DALLAS (AP) — Star defenseman Stephen Johns appears on track to return to Dallas’ lineup for the first time in 22 months on Saturday.

Johns, who returned from a conditioning assignment with Texas of the AHL, was not active for Thursday’s game but will travel with the Stars for their game at Minnesota.

He has not played in an NHL game since March 29, 2018, because of post-traumatic headaches.

”There’s a good chance he’ll play Saturday,” interim coach Rick Bowness said, ”so we’ll evaluate that (Friday) and Saturday morning.”

In two games for Texas, Johns had a goal and three assists.

The Stars could be in need of a defenseman after Miro Heiskanen didn’t play the second half of Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres because of an upper-body injury. Bowness said Heiskanen’s availability is considered day to day.

PHT Morning Skate: Under-the-radar rookies; Ovechkin’s suspension

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Find out a little bit more about Nicklas Backstrom‘s new contract extension with Washington. (Nova Caps)

• Here’s a list of five-under-the-radar rookies that could compete for the Calder Trophy. (The Hockey News)

• Three-on-three hockey is awesome, but don’t expect to see much more of it going forward. (TSN)

• Martin Brodeur is hoping to get a bigger role with the Devils going forward. (NHL.com)

• Check out Elliott Friedman’s latest 31 thoughts blog. (Sportsnet)

• Even though hockey has changed a lot, there’s still a need for “muscle”. (National Post)

• Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an effective pest in the NHL? (ESPN)

• Sabres top prospect Dylan Cozens is inspiring a lot of young athletes in Yukon. (New York Times)

Alex Ovechkin has decided which game he’ll miss as part of his suspension for skipping the All-Star game. (Washington Post)

• NBC Sports Boston breaks down the 10 best left wingers in hockey. Do you agree with this list? (NBC Sports Boston)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

The Buzzer: Golden Knights win DeBoer’s debut; Hats off to Ovechkin

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Three Stars

1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals. Another milestone for the greatest goal scorer to ever play in the NHL. He recorded his 25th career hat trick on Thursday night and reached the 30-goal mark for the 15th consecutive season to start his career, a feat accomplished only by him and Mike Gartner. Read more about it here.

2. David Rittich, Calgary Flames. Huge night for the All-Star goalie as he stopped 35 shots during regulation and overtime and all three shots he faced in a shootout to help lift the Flames to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames have now won six of their past seven games. Thanks to the Arizona Coyotes’ loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Flames are now tied for first place in the Pacific Division.

3. Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights won Peter DeBoer’s coaching debut on Thursday night, 4-2, over the Ottawa Senators thanks to a big game from Stone. He scored a goal and recorded an assist in his first game back in Ottawa as a visiting player. Stone played the first six-and-a-half years of his career with the Senators and was one of the team’s best players during his time there. He was a key part of their 2016-17 run to the Eastern Conference Final and became one of the league’s best two-way players. The Senators traded him to Vegas at the trade deadline a year ago. He received a lengthy ovation from the Ottawa crowd on Thursday.

Other notable performances from Thursday

  • Jaroslav Halak gave up a goal to Sidney Crosby just 24 seconds into the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, then slammed the door shut the right of the night to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win.
  • John Tortorella recorded his 200th win as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It is a huge win for the Blue Jackets and a costly game for the Hurricanes as defenseman Dougie Hamilton exited the game with a nasty looking leg injury. Read about it here.
  • The Minnesota Wild snapped their four-game losing streak with an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read about it here.
  • Sam Montembeault replaced an injured Chris Driedger in the Florida Panthers’ net and helped them get a big win over the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk continued his great play with the Montreal Canadiens by scoring two goals in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He now has three goals and seven total points in seven games since joining the Canadiens.
  • Rasmus Dahlin scored his third goal of the season to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Dallas Stars.
  • John Gibson stopped 33 shots for the Anaheim Ducks as they hand the Nashville Predators their seventh defeat in their past 10 games.
  • Philipp Grubauer stops all 27 shots he faces in a shutout win for the Colorado Avalanche over the San Jose Sharks.
  • Jake Virtanen avoids a suspension earlier in the day and then scores the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks in a big win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Highlights of the Night

This might have been Rittich’s biggest and best save of the night.

Cam Atkinson wasted no time making an impact in his return to the Blue Jackets’ lineup with this assist early in the first period.

Chris Kreider scores a game-winning power play with 30 seconds to play in regulation to help give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Blooper of the Night

After whiffing on a shootout attempt earlier this week, Brad Marchand had some more problems on a breakaway.

Auston Matthews tried the lacrosse move and it did not work.

Factoids

  • Cale Makar scored his 10th goal of the season for the Colorado Avalanche, tying him for the most in franchise history for a rookie defenseman. [NHL PR]
  • Patrice Bergeron reached the 20-goal mark for the 11th time in his career, the second most in Bruins franchise history behind only John Buyck. [NHL PR]
  • Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov is the 10th rookie goalie to ever win nine consecutive decisions during the regular season. [NHL PR]

Scores

Boston Bruins 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Calgary Flames 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
Florida Panthers 4, Los Angeles Kings 3
New York Rangers 3, New York Islanders 2
Montreal Canadiens 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Washington Capitals 5, New Jersey Devils 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Ottawa Senators 2
Anaheim Ducks 4, Nashville Predators 2
Minnesota Wild 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Buffalo Sabres 4, Dallas Stars 1
Colorado Avalanche 4, San Jose Sharks 0
Vancouver Canucks 3, Arizona Coyotes 1

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Wild hold on against Lightning, snap losing streak

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What a difference 48 hours made for the Minnesota Wild.

When we saw them on Tuesday night they were getting dominated on the scoreboard and embarrassed by a lineup card gaffe that forced them to play with a shorthanded defense.

On Thursday, they went toe-to-toe with one of the NHL’s best teams and snapped their four-game losing streak with an impressive 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It is just the WIld’s second win in their past eight games, and their first in regulation during that stretch.

Ryan Suter‘s goal late in the second period ended up going in the books as the game-winner, while Zach Parise and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild. Goalie Alex Stalock stopped 18 out of 20 shots he faced, including a shot from Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos at the buzzer to secure the win.

Nikita Kucherov scored both goals for the Lightning in the losing effort.

The Wild desperately needed this to win because their recent slide has really started to bury them in the Western Conference playoff race. Their playoff hopes are barely flickering right now and every point the rest of the way is going to be massive. They have almost no margin for error.

The most impressive part of this particular win is just how strong they looked for most of the game, especially on the heels of such a lackluster performance on Tuesday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau said on Wednesday he had two options after that game — either “bag skate” the team, or send them home and tell them to get away from hockey (via Michael Russo). He chose the latter, saying they would find out on Thursday if it was the right decision. It seemed that it was as they took what has been one of the NHL’s hottest teams (11-1-0 in their previous 12 games entering Tuesday), and one of the most dominating offenses, and for the most part completely shut it down.

The Lightning were on a 16-5-1 run since the start of December (second best record in the league behind only the Pittsburgh Penguins during that stretch) and averaging more than 32 shots and 3.5 goals per game. On Thursday, the Wild limited them to just two goals and only 20 shots. That shot total is the Lightning’s third-lowest of the season, and the lowest since a November 19 against the St. Louis Blues.

Thursday’s game is the first of a 12-game stretch where the Wild play 11 games on home ice, where they have actually played extremely well this season. If they are going to make any sort of a move toward a playoff spot, this is their chance.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.