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NHL Free Agents 2014 Signings: Tracking Every Team's Moves

Dave LozoChief Writer IVJanuary 6, 2017

NHL Free Agents 2014 Signings: Tracking Every Team's Moves

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    The trilogy of our free agency coverage has reached its conclusion in this slideshow. Day 1 was the star with over 90 signings. Day 2 trickled to a quarter of that and Day 3 was the post-dinner hiccup with only eight signings.

    Needless to say, it was a crazy prelude to the upcoming season that is just over three months away.

    Over the course of three days, 26 of our top 30 signed with new teams. While much of the glitz of free agency is over, there’s still minor moves and roster tweaks still to be had.

    Free agency will carry on, but not with the hurried gusto of the early days. In the meantime, get refreshed with what has happened with each team during the first three days of free agency.

    (Introduction updated by Brendan O'Meara.)

Anaheim Ducks

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    Update: July 1, 1:40 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Flames have picked up goaltender Jonas Hiller. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Hiller has signed a two-year deal worth $9 million.

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    Update: July 1, 1:16 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Anaheim Ducks appear to have signed defenseman Clayton Stoner to a four-year, $13 million deal, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register (h/t ProHockeyTalk's Joe Yerdon). The former Minnesota Wild defenseman played in 63 games last season.

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    Cap space: $18 million

    What they need: They could use a scoring winger to replace Teemu Selanne, whose production diminished greatly last year despite his $4 million cap hit. They will likely make a big splash or offer more playing time to one of their own young players. Sheldon Souray is back from a wrist injury that cost him the entire 2013-14 season, but signing another defensemanperhaps a right-handed oneas insurance wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Top targets: Jarome Iginla, Dan Boyle, Christian Ehrhoff, Willie Mitchell, Derek Morris

Arizona Coyotes

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    Update: July 1, 6:25 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    The first significant signing of the Coyotes since shedding the Phoenix designation for Arizona has been center Joe Vitale, the former Pittsburgh Penguin. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal is for three years and $3.35 million.

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    Cap space: $18 million

    What they need: That number is a little misleading, as the Coyotes' payroll was around $57 million last season and they already have $51 million committed to 18 players. Only eight forwards are under contract, and after buying out Mike Ribeiro, they are in the market for a center. They will likely have to spend wisely and frugally in order to fill out the forward unit.

    Potential targets: Brad Richards, Olli Jokinen, Derek Roy, Brian Boyle

Boston Bruins

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    Update: July 1, 2:48 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Panthers added tough guy/locker room presence Shawn Thornton from the Boston Bruins. According to The Hockey News, Thornton signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal.

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    Update: July 1, 2:28 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Colorado Avs have made a huge move on the first day of free agency, as they've signed Jarome Iginla away from the Bruins. Iginla signed a three-year, $16 million deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Iginla will get $5.5 million in each of the next two years and $5 million in 2016-17. The Bruins wanted to keep Iginla, but they did not have the salary-cap room to satisfy the future Hall of Famer.

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    Update: July 1, 2:23 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The New York Islanders have signed Bruins backup goaltender Chad Johnson to a two-year, $2.6 million deal, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

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    Cap space: $1.6 million

    What they need: A time machine that would allow them to go back in time and rescind the $4.75 million in bonuses that have them pressed against the cap would be a nice start. They'll have an additional $4 million available once Marc Savard is placed on long-term injured reserve, but that's hardly enough to re-sign restricted free agents Torey Krug, Reilly Smith and Matt Bartkowski. Bringing back Jarome Iginla would likely require a trade. If the Bruins do any shopping, it will likely be to replace fourth-liner Shawn Thornton.

    Potential targets: Jarome Iginla, Chris Thorburn, Ben Eager, Jordin Tootoo

Buffalo Sabres

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    Update: July 3, 3:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Sabres have signed right-shot defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year contract, according to the team's website. Strachan played in 18 games with the Washington Capitals last year.

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    Update: July 2, 3:45 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    The Sharks signed "tough guy" John Scott away from Buffalo on a one-year, $700,000 deal, according to CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz

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    Update: July 1, 5:30 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Buffalo remained one of the busier teams on the first day of free agency, adding defensive help by signing Andrej Meszaros away from Boston on a one-year, barely over $4 million deal, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

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    Update: July 1, 2:59 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Penguins have made a move to improve their defense by signing Christian Ehrhoff, who played with the Buffalo Sabres the last three seasons. Ehrhoff signed a one-year, $4 million deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

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    Update: July 1, 2:10 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Sabres have made another notable move, as they've signed winger Matt Moulson to a five-year, $25 million deal away from the Minnesota Wild, according to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliott Friedman. Buffalo was one of three teams (New York Islanders, Sabres, Wild) that Moulson played for last season.

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    Update: July 1, 1:16 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Sabres continue to take on former Montreal Canadiens. They have just signed free-agent forward Brian Gionta to help upgrade their offense, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

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    Update: July 1, 12:45 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Buffalo Sabres have made a move to improve their defense by acquiring Josh Gorges from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade, per the Sabres' Twitter account.

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    Cap space: $38.5 million

    What they need: The important number for the Sabres is $21 million, which is about what they need to spend to reach the salary-cap floor after buying out Ehrhoff. Some of that money will go to RFAs Tyler Ennis, Cory Conacher, Marcus Foligno and Jamie McBain, but the Sabres will need to add new personnel to reach the floor. They could look to bring back some familiar faces—general manager Tim Murray has spoken to the agents for Steve Ott and Matt Moulson, according to The Buffalo News' John Vogl—but attracting top players to a cellar dweller will be difficult.

    Potential targets: Matt Moulson, Steve Ott

Calgary Flames

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    Update: July 1, 5:35 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Earlier Tuesday, Calgary got the ball rolling on their free-agent acquisitions by signing forward Mason Raymond. According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, the deal was for three years and $9.5 million.

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    Update: July 1, 3:25 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Flames have signed veteran defenseman Deryk Engelland away from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Engelland signed a three-year deal worth a total of $2.9 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

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    Update: July 1, 1:40 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Flames have picked up goaltender Jonas Hiller. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Hiller has signed a two-year deal worth $9 million.

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    Update: July 1, 1:30 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The New Jersey Devils have attempted to upgrade their scoring by signing veteran Mike Cammalleri away from the Calgary Flames. Cammalleri signed a five-year, $25 million deal, according to The Record's Tom Gulitti.

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    Cap space: $28.6 million

    What they need: They need to figure out a way to retain the services of Mike Cammalleri, a UFA who scored 26 goals in 63 games last season. According to the Calgary Sun's Randy Sportak, talks are ongoing and GM Brad Treliving could wind up letting all of his UFAs leave the team. With the Flames embarking on a rebuild and having already added some truculence in a draft-day trade for Brandon Bollig, re-signing their four UFAs and perhaps UFA Kevin Westgarth could be all that happens.

    Potential targets: Mike Cammalleri, Kevin Westgart

Carolina Hurricanes

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    Update: July 2, 7:10 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    The Canes have been relatively quiet in the early goings of free agency, but they managed to go out and get veteran center and former Maple Leaf Jay McClement, this according to The Canadian Press' Stephen Whyno. The deal is for one year and $1 million.

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    Update: July 1, 2:48 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Hurricanes have re-signed center Jiri Tlusty to a one-year, $2.95 million deal, per the team's Twitter account. Tlusty has played five years for the Hurricanes, and he scored 16 goals last season.

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    Cap space: $11.7 million

    What they need: GM Ron Francis told The News & Observer's Chip Alexander that the Hurricanes plan will be "looking potentially more in the fourth-line need, maybe, or a depth defenseman at this point." That's not exactly great news for a team that missed the playoffs by 10 points last season, but the Hurricanes are beginning something of a rebuild in Carolina and probably won't contend for a playoff spot next season.

    Potential targets: Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore, Adam Hall, Ryan Carter, Sheldon Brookbank, Douglas Murray

Chicago Blackhawks

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    Update: July 2, 1:10 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Blackhawks signed defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year contract, per a team release. The 27-year-old played for MODO of the Swedish Hockey League last season. He has played in 142 NHL games in his career.

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    Update: July 1, 5:45 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Chicago has been mostly quiet on the first day of free agency, though it did pick up veteran center Brad Richards on a one-year deal worth $2 million, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

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    Cap space: $770,000

    What they need: More than anything, the Blackhawks need a second-line center. That's why ESPN.com reports they were in the mix for Ryan Kesler, who was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. In order to a land a center to play behind Jonathan Toews, it will likely require a tradeeither to acquire that center or to clear room to sign one via free agency. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos suggests winger Patrick Sharp is available, and dealing his $5.9 million cap hit would give the team room to sign a center, if not bring one back in a trade.

    Potential targets: Paul Stastny, Mikhail Grabovski, Derek Roy

Colorado Avalanche

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    Update: July 1, 6:05 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    One of the earliest moves Colorado made on Tuesday was to lock in defenseman Nick Holden, signing him to a three-year, $4.95 million extension, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.

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    Update: July 1, 2:28 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Avs have made a huge move on the first day of free agency, as they've signed Jarome Iginla away from the Boston Bruins. Iginla signed a three-year, $16 million deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Iginla will get $5.5 million in each of the next two years and $5 million in 2016-17.

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    Update: July 1, 12:35 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The St. Louis Blues have addressed their need for a dynamic center by signing Paul Stastny from the Colorado Avalanche, per the Blues' Twitter account.

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    Cap space: $20.9 million

    What they need: What the Avalanche need depends on what Paul Stastny does. If he departs, the team will be hurting for a top-line center that simply won't be available in the free-agent market. Signing Stastny and RFA Ryan O'Reilly are the team's top priorities, but the Avs could use some help on the back end as well. Andre Benoit is a UFA and could walk.

    Potential targets: Paul Stastny, Kyle Quincey, Andrej Meszaros, Tom Gilbert

Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Cap space: $18.8 million

    What they need: Michael Arace of The Columbus Dispatch advocated standing pat for the Blue Jackets, and it makes a lot of sense. Once the Jackets pay RFA Ryan Johansen, who is likely to be paid quite handsomely, they will be just about set in all areas. Fourth-liner Derek MacKenzie is a UFA whom the team may still re-sign, but it sounds like the Jackets' big move was acquiring Scott Hartnell from the Flyers.

    Potential targets: Derek MacKenzie

Dallas Stars

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    Update: July 2, 6:55 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    The Dallas Stars re-signed center Vernon Miller to a two-year deal worth $2.5 million total, according to Pierre LeBrun. Miller gets $1 million in the first year, with $1.5 million coming in Year 2.

    The Stars also signed left wing Brendan Ranford to a three-year, entry-level contract, this according to the Dallas Stars.

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    Update: July 2, 1:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman 

    The Vancouver Canucks have signed center Dustin Jeffrey, according to the Canucks' official website. Jeffrey finished the 2013-14 season with the Stars.

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    Update: July 1, 1:16 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Stars have added to their goaltending ranks. They have signed Anders Lindback of the Tampa Bay Lightning to a one-year deal, according to the Stars' Twitter account.

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    Update: July 1, 1:11 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Dallas Stars continue to stay busy on the first day of free agency by signing Ales Hemsky of the Ottawa Senators, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. 

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    Update: July 1, 12:01 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Dallas Stars have acquired center Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators, per ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun

    According to NHL.com, the Senators will receive forwards Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill from the Stars, and a second-round draft pick in 2015. The Stars also received forward Ludwig Karlsson.

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    Cap space: $20.3 million

    What they need: Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News believes the Stars' options are wide-open entering free agency. They could use a top-six center or winger. If they add a checking-line center, they could have Cody Eakin serve as a second-line center. The Stars could also use a top-pairing defender, but Heika notes that will be costly and the Stars aren't willing to commit to a lengthy contract.

    Potential targets: Paul Stastny, Ales Hemsky, Benoit Pouliot, Mike Cammalleri, Anton Stralman, Mark Fayne, Andrej Meszaros

Detroit Red Wings

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    Update: July 1, 7:20 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Detroit made a handful of small deals early on the first day of free agency, but its biggest signing turned out to be one of its own. Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting the Red Wings have re-upped defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $8.5 million deal.

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    Cap space: $14.7 million

    What they need: They'd like to grab a scoring a winger, especially if Daniel Alfredsson doesn't return, and Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press believes they need a top-four defenseman. They have 18 players under contract, which means they have the space to make two big moves, whether they are free-agent signings or trades. They have three RFAs they must sign (Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Danny DeKeyser), but they can be big players starting July 1.

    Potential targets: Dan Boyle, Christian Ehrhoff, Matt Niskanen, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek, Lee Stempniak

Edmonton Oilers

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    Update: July 1, 1:58 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Oilers have signed defenseman Mark Fayne to a multiyear deal, per NHL.com. Fayne played 72 games last year for the New Jersey Devils. 

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    Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Oilers have signed veteran winger Benoit Pouliot away from the New York Rangers, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. The deal is for five years and $20 million.

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    Cap space: $19.8 million

    What they need: According to the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson, the Oilers would like to land a puck-moving defenseman. The problem for the Oilers is that attracting a top-end UFA defenseman to one of the NHL's consistently terrible teams is pretty much impossible. They will have to lower their sights a bit and hope to find bargains deeper into the free-agency period.

    Potential targets: Mark Fayne, Deryk Engelland, Raphael Diaz, Paul Ranger, Kyle Quincey

Florida Panthers

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    Update: July 1, 6:15 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Josh Rimer of Sportsnet reports that Florida signed former Columbus left winger Derek MacKenzie to a three-year, $3.9 million deal.

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    Update: July 1, 5:55 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Florida gets another defender to help beef up the back line, according to TSN's Aaron Ward, as the Panthers have come to terms with Los Angeles Kings veteran Willie Mitchell. No terms have been announced.

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    Update: July 1, 2:48 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Panthers added tough guy/locker room presence Shawn Thornton from the Boston Bruins. According to The Hockey News, Thornton signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal.

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    Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Panthers are staying busy. They have signed Jussi Jokinen away from the Pittsburgh Penguins for $16 million over four years, per the Panthers' Twitter account.

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    Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Panthers have picked up veteran center Dave Bolland, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. After spending one year in Toronto, the former Chicago Blackhawk will attempt to help the Panthers thanks to a five-year, $27.5 million deal.

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    Cap space: $28.1 million

    What they need: Based on a report from Fox Sports Florida's Erin Brown, the Panthers will have about $18 million to spend on UFAs after they sign their RFAs. How will GM Dale Tallon be able to spend to the cap despite being an unattractive destination for the top UFAs? There's some exciting young talent in Florida, but finding quality veterans with which to surround them will be difficult.

    Potential targets: Olli Jokinen, David Legwand, Marcel Goc, Dave Bolland, Ville Leino

Los Angeles Kings

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    Update: July 1, 5:55 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Florida gets another defender to help beef up the back line, according to TSN's Aaron Ward, as the Panthers have come to terms with Los Angeles Kings veteran Willie Mitchell. No terms have been announced.

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    Cap space: $3.6 million

    What they need: They need nothing. They re-signed UFAs Marian Gaborik and Matt Greene, and now have 20 players under contract. Perhaps they'll sign some depth players to round out the roster, but they could look in-house for another defenseman or forward.

    Potential targets: Steve Bernier, Patrick Eaves

Minnesota Wild

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    Update: July 1, 2:10 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Sabres make another notable move, as they sign winger Matt Moulson to a five-year, $25 million deal away from the Minnesota Wild, according to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliott Friedman. Buffalo was one of three teams (New York Islanders, Sabres, Wild) that Moulson played for last season.

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    Update: July 1, 1:46 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Wild picked up one of the most coveted names in free agency, as they signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year contract, per the team's Twitter account. Vanek was a trade-deadline acquisition for the Montreal Canadiens after spending the previous eight-plus years with the Buffalo Sabres. According to TSN, Vanek will earn $6.5 million per year.

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    Update: July 1, 1:16 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Anaheim Ducks appear to have signed defenseman Clayton Stoner to a four-year, $13 million deal, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register (h/t ProHockeyTalk's Joe Yerdon). The former Minnesota Wild defenseman played in 63 games last season.

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    Cap space: $19.9 million

    What they need: Scoring has been a problem for as long as the Wild have existed in Minnesota, and perhaps this will be the offseason where they remedy that malady. They have the money to spend on at least one scoring forward and one offensive defenseman, and as a team with up-and-coming talent, this is a very coveted destination for UFAs. They also may consider signing a goaltender, as the health situation of Josh Harding is fluid.

    Potential targets: Thomas Vanek, Matt Niskanen, Jarome Iginla, Paul Stastny, Jussi Jokinen, Milan Michalek, Mike Cammalleri, Dan Boyle, Thomas Greiss, Chad Johnson

Montreal Canadiens

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    Update: July 1, 1:46 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Wild picked up one of the most coveted names in free agency, as they signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year contract, per the team's Twitter account. Vanek was a trade-deadline acquisition for the Montreal Canadiens after spending the previous eight-plus years with the Buffalo Sabres.

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    Update: July 1, 1:22 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Sabres continue to take on former Montreal Canadiens. They have just signed free-agent forward Brian Gionta to upgrade their offense, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

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    Update: July 1, 12:50 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Habs have signed Tom Gilbert to upgrade their defense, according to Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press.

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    Update: July 1, 12:45 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Buffalo Sabres have made a move to improve their defense by acquiring Josh Gorges from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade, per the Sabres' Twitter account.

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    Cap space: $17.5 million

    What they need: The No. 1 priority this offseason is re-signing RFA P.K. Subban to a long-term contract. Subban and fellow RFAs Lars Eller and Ryan White will eat a big chunk of the Canadiens' cap space, but they have enough room to sign another forward. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports suggests they are trying to re-sign Brian Gionta, but they are probably better off spending that money on someone more dynamic. Mike Weaver could be brought back as well.

    Potential targets: Ales Hemsky, Matt Moulson, Milan Michalek, Dustin Penner, Lee Stempniak

Nashville Predators

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    Update: July 2, 2:17 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Predators have made their first venture into free agency this year, as they have signed forward Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to former NHL player and current Sportsnet analyst Nick Kypreos. Jokinen played for the Winnipeg Jets last season.

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    Cap space: $17.8 million

    What they need: Playmakers and scorers, which have been sorely lacking for the entirety of the Predators' existence. They made a move at the draft by acquiring James Neal from the Penguins, but fell short in their attempt to land Jason Spezza. That's a sign they'll go hard after a center in free agency or via the trade route, but coercing top UFAs to come to Nashville has never been easy.

    Potential targets: Paul Stastny, Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Mikhail Grabovski, Derek Roy

New Jersey Devils

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    Update: July 2, 12:29 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Devils have re-signed forwards Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier, per the team's Twitter account. While financial terms have not been disclosed, NHL.com said Gionta's deal was for two years while Bernier's was for one.

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    Update: July 1, 6:20 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    New Jersey signed veteran forward Martin Havlat to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, according to John Shannon of Sportsnet. Havlat spent the last three years with San Jose.

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    Update: July 1, 1:58 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Oilers have signed defenseman Mark Fayne to a multiyear deal, per NHL.com. Fayne played 72 games last year for the New Jersey Devils. 

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    Update: July 1, 1:30 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The New Jersey Devils have attempted to upgrade their scoring by signing veteran Mike Cammalleri away from the Calgary Flames, according to Tom Gulitti of The Record. Cammalleri signed a five-year, $25 million deal. 

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    Cap space: $9.7 million

    What they need: The Martin Brodeur era has come to a close in New Jersey, leaving Cory Schneider as the team's No. 1 goaltender. The Devils will have to add a backup goaltender, however, either by promoting Keith Kinkaid from the AHL or signing a UFA. Extra Skater reveals the Devils were one of the best possession teams in the NHL last season but could not finish, which means a sniper of any skill level would be a necessary addition.

    Top targets: Thomas Vanek, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Moulson, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Chad Johnson, Al Montoya

New York Islanders

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    Update: July 2, 4:55 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    The Islanders landed two of the bigger names on the free-agent list this afternoon. According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Islanders signed left winger Nikolai Kulemin to a four-year, $16.75 million deal. They also signed center Mikhail Grabovski also for four years, but for $20 million, to shore up their attack.

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    Update: July 2, 3:15 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Lightning signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov July 1 to a one-year, $1.55 million contract, according to The Hockey News. Nabokov played with the New York Islanders last season.

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    Update: July 1, 2:23 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Islanders have signed Boston Bruins backup goaltender Chad Johnson to a two-year, $2.6 million deal, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

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    Cap space: $25.6 million

    What they need: The Islanders must spend $8 million to reach the cap floor, which basically has been the team's in-house cap number in recent years. They could use a second-line center, allowing Frans Nielsen to slot back into a third-line role, but it's not an overwhelming need. With Evgeni Nabokov leaving, the Islanders' top priority may be a backup for new starter Jaroslav Halak.

    Potential targets: Brad Richards, Mike Santorelli, Steve Ott, Chad Johnson, Justin Peters, Ray Emery

New York Rangers

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    Update: July 1, 5:35 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Tampa Bay has signed yet another former New York Ranger, inking forward Brian Boyle to a three-year, $6.9 million contract. The deal was confirmed by Andrew Gross of The Record.  

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    Update: July 1, 2:40 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Lightning have reportedly upgraded their defense by signing Anton Stralman. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports that the former Ranger has signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal with Tampa Bay.  

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 2:03 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman 

    The Rangers have brought back center Dominic Moore. The veteran signed a two-year, $3 million deal, according to The Hockey News.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 2:03 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Rangers signed forward Tanner Glass from the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year, $4.35 million deal, according to Canadian broadcaster Sportsnet's Twitter account. 

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 1:25 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Rangers wanted a right-handed, puck-moving defenseman, and they have signed former San Jose Shark Dan Boyle to a two-year, $9 million contract, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Oilers have signed veteran winger Benoit Pouliot away from the New York Rangers, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $23.3 million

    What they need: That sounds like a lot of money, but with only 11 players under contract, times are tight in the organization. It's very likely UFAs Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Anton Stralman are all leaving town, with Stralman being the biggest loss. Once the Rangers sign RFAs Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, John Moore and Derick Brassard, there won't be much to spread around to UFAs.

    Potential targets: Dan Boyle, Mark Fayne, Derek Morris, Jay McClement, Colin Fraser, Shawn Thornton

Ottawa Senators

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    Update: July 3, 3:41 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Senators have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract. Johnson last played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins in 2012-13.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 1:11 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Dallas Stars continue to stay busy on the first day of free agency by signing Ales Hemsky of the Ottawa Senators, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 12:50 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Senators have brought back forward Milan Michalek, per the team's Twitter account. The deal is for three seasons.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 12:01 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Dallas Stars have acquired center Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators, per ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun

    According to NHL.com, the Senators will receive forwards Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill from the Stars, and a second-round draft pick in 2015. The Stars also received forward Ludwig Karlsson.

    #ICYMI: Senators trade Spezza to Stars for pennies on the dollar. @THNRoryBoylen wonders what it means for Bobby Ryan http://t.co/7abuDfJVw7

    — The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 1, 2014

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $16.5 million

    What they need: The first thing they need to do is trade the disgruntled Jason Spezza, which is proving harder than expected. Once the Senators shed his $7 million cap hit, that will be about $23 million the Senators will have to spend but very likely will not. According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, the Senators will be in the market for a scoring winger with the departure of UFA Milan Michalek looking very likely. With the Senators' payroll not exceeding $56 million last season, there may not be much room to do anything impactful even after Spezza leaves.

    Potential targets: Jussi Jokinen, Benoit Pouliot, Martin Havlat, Mason Raymond

Philadelphia Flyers

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    Update: July 2, 5:30 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    The Flyers signed veteran defensemen Nick Schultz, this according to Canadian Press reporter Stephen Whyno. It's a one-year deal, and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports it at $1.25 million. Schultz spent much of his career with the Wild and Oilers.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 2, 12:45 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Penguins have signed forward Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million deal, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN (h/t Yahoo Sports). Downie played for the Avalanche and the Flyers last year.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 4:25 ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Philadelphia waited awhile to get into the free-agency frenzy, and its first move wasn't a large one. According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Flyers have re-signed backup goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year, $1 million deal.

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $236,000 over the cap

    What they need: They need to clear cap space and TSN's Darren Dreger reports they're looking to deal Vinny Lecavalier in order to do so. Once they put Chris Pronger on LTIR, they'll have about $5 million in real space to sign a player, but that's hardly enough to make a serious move. Paul Holmgren didn't exactly leave new GM Ron Hextall in great shape with albatross contracts like Lecavalier's and the one handed to Andrew MacDonald last year, so Hextall will have his work cut out for him.

    Potential targets: Derek Roy, Jesse Winchester, Michal Handzus

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Update: July 2, 12:45 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Penguins have signed forward Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million deal, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN (h/t Yahoo Sports). Downie played for the Avalanche and the Flyers last year.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 5:00 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Washington's offseason hiring of assistant coach Todd Reirden appears to have reaped benefits, as the man who helped develop defenseman Matt Niskanen will once again get to work with the backliner. According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, the Capitals have inked Niskanen to a seven-year, $40.25 million deal.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 3:25 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Flames have signed veteran defenseman Deryk Engelland away from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Engelland signed a three-year deal worth a total of $2.9 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 2:59 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Penguins have made a move to improve their defense by signing Christian Ehrhoff, who played with the Buffalo Sabres the last three seasons. Ehrhoff signed a one-year, $4 million deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 2:03 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Rangers signed forward Tanner Glass from the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year, $4.5 million deal, according to Canadian broadcaster Sportsnet's Twitter account. 

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 1:16 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Capitals make their first move by signing defenseman Brooks Orpik away from the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Florida Panthers have signed Jussi Jokinen away from the Pittsburgh Penguins, per the Panthers' Twitter account. 

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $14.6 million

    What they need: Forwards, and lots of them. They have seven forwards under contract and two more (Brandon Sutter, Nick Spaling) as RFAs. They have just five defensemen under contract, but it's quite likely prospects Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin will get a shot at making the team next year. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe, the Penguins plan on being aggressive in free agency, with Nikolai Kulemin as the biggest target. Kulemin is good friends with Evgeni Malkin, who needs a new winger after James Neal was traded to Nashville.

    Potential targets: Nikolai Kulemin, David Booth, Devin Setoguchi, Daniel Winnik

San Jose Sharks

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    Update: July 2, 3:45 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    The Sharks got their hands on "tough guy" John Scott from the Buffalo Sabres. San Jose signed him to a one-year, $700,000 deal, according to CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 6:20 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    New Jersey signed veteran forward Martin Havlat to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, according to John Shannon of Sportsnet. Havlat spent the last three years with San Jose.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 1:25 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Rangers wanted a right-handed, puck-moving defenseman, and they have signed former San Jose Shark Dan Boyle to a two-year, $9 million contract, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $11.5 million

    What they need: An executable plan, for one. GM Doug Wilson has tossed the word "rebuild" around this offseason, but the San Jose Mercury News and Yahoo Sports indicate Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have not shown the willingness to void their no-trade clauses. What happens with Thornton and Marleau affects what the Sharks can and need to do in free agency. A team as solid as this one should be looking for a viable replacement for Dan Boyle, but with their muddled plan looking difficult to carry out, it's anyone's guess how they'll play free agency.

    Potential targets: Christian Ehrhoff, Tom Gilbert, Andre Benoit, Willie Mitchell

St. Louis Blues

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    Update: July 1, 1:10 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman 

    The Vancouver Canucks have addressed their goaltending needs by signing Ryan Miller, late of the St. Louis Blues, according to Hockey Central's Twitter account. The former Buffalo Sabre is reunited with new Vancouver general manager Jim Benning.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 12:35 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The St. Louis Blues have addressed their need for a dynamic center by signing Paul Stastny from the Colorado Avalanche, per the Blues' Twitter account.

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $15.8 million

    What they need: The Blues' primary objective this summer is landing an elite center, and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford, they've already spoken with Paul Stastny. They are also involved in trade discussions with the Ottawa Senators for Jason Spezza, but if plans A and B fall through, they will still need a center.

    Top targets: Paul Stastny, Mikhail Grabovski, Brad Richards, David Legwand

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Update: July 2, 3:15 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Lightning signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov July 1 to a one-year, $1.55 million contract, according to The Hockey News. Nabokov played with the New York Islanders last season.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 5:35 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Tampa Bay has signed yet another former New York Ranger, inking forward Brian Boyle to a three-year, $6.9 million contract. The deal was confirmed by Andrew Gross of The Record.  

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 2:40 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Lightning have reportedly upgraded their defense by signing Anton Stralman. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports that the former Ranger has signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal with Tampa Bay. 

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 1:16 ET by Steve Silverman

    The Stars have added to their goaltending ranks. They have signed Anders Lindback of the Tampa Bay Lightning to a one-year deal, according to the Stars' Twitter account.

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $4.1 million

    What they need: As of now, they look to be all set. They re-signed UFA Ryan Callahan and landed a top-four defenseman via trade in Jason Garrison. Anders Lindback isn't likely to return, although Steve Yzerman told Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune that he hasn't ruled out re-signing him after failing to extend a qualifying offer to the backup goaltender. The Lightning could promote Latvian Olympic goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to play behind Ben Bishop.

    Top targets: Chad Johnson, Thomas Greiss, Ray Emery

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Update: July 2, 4:55 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the Islanders signed away Leafs left winger Nikolai Kulemin to a four-year, $16.75 million deal.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 6:35 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen 

    Toronto has picked up two players on the first day of free agency. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports the Maple Leafs have paid $11.8 million over four seasons for center Leo Komarov, while David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports the Leafs signed defenseman Stephane Robidas to a three-year, $9 million deal.

    End of update. 

     

    Update: July 1, 1:00 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Panthers have picked up veteran center Dave Bolland, according to TSN.com's Bob McKenzie. After spending one year in Toronto, the former Chicago Blackhawk will attempt to help the Panthers. 

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $20.4 million

    What they need:

    A front-office lobotomy isn't allowed in the league's collective bargaining agreement, so they'll likely just overpay for a bunch of players who aren't very good. They have just 11 players under contract for next season and have shown interest in UFA Martin Brodeur as well as a desire to re-sign UFA Dave Bolland, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. Interest in Brodeur indicates RFA James Reimer is a candidate to be traded, but the Leafs need so many things at so many positions that it will be impossible to acquire the help necessary to contend.

    Potential targets: Dave Bolland, Martin Brodeur, Derek Roy, David Legwand, Brad Richards

Vancouver Canucks

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    Update: July 2, 9:47 p.m. ET by Scott Campbell

    The Canucks' busy offseason continued with the signing of right winger Radim Vrbata on Wednesday evening. Darren Dreger of TSN reported Vancouver reeled in the veteran, most recently of the Coyotes, for two years and $10 million.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 2, 1:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman 

    The Vancouver Canucks have signed center Dustin Jeffrey, according to the Canucks' official website. Jeffrey played for Pittsburgh and Dallas last year.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman 

    The Vancouver Canucks have addressed their goaltending needs by signing Ryan Miller, according to Hockey Central's Twitter account. The former Buffalo Sabre is reunited with new Vancouver general manager Jim Benning. 

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $17.7 million

    What they need: They are in a full rebuild mode, but have the cap space to add key players to perhaps the make the rebuild a brief one. The one area where they could use help is in net, as Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom are not an NHL-caliber duo. Outside of adding a goaltender, it's anyone's guess as to what new GM Jim Benning will do July 1.

    Top targets: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Thomas Greiss

Washington Capitals

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    Update: July 2, 4:55 p.m. ET by Brendan O'Meara

    According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Islanders signed center Mikhail Grabovski away from the Caps for four years and $20 million.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 5:00 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Washington's offseason hiring of assistant coach Todd Reirden appears to have reaped benefits, as the man who helped develop defenseman Matt Niskanen will once again get to work with the backliner. According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, the Capitals have inked Niskanen to a seven-year, $40.25 million deal.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 1:16 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman 

    The Capitals make their first move by signing defenseman Brooks Orpik away from the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract.

    End of update.

     

    Original Text:

    Cap space: $12.6 million

    What they need: The Capitals have 20 players under contract, but with Mikhail Grabovski poised to test free agency, he very likely won't be No. 21. According to The Washington Post's Alex Prewitt, the Capitals don't expect to bring back Grabovski, making them one of about a dozen teams looking for a No. 2 center. Their best best may be landing that player via trade, as the top free-agent centers will likely cost just as much as what Grabovski will earn. The Capitals also need to sign a backup to goaltender Braden Holtby.

    Potential targets: Brad Richards, Derek Roy, Olli Jokinen, Chad Johnson, Thomas Greiss, Ray Emery

Winnipeg Jets

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    Update: July 2, 2:17 p.m. ET by Steve Silverman

    The Predators have made their first venture into free agency this year, as they have signed forward Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to former NHL player and current Sportsnet analyst Nick Kypreos. Jokinen played for the Winnipeg Jets last season.

    End of update.

     

    Update: July 1, 6:45 p.m. ET by Brian J. Pedersen

    Winnipeg has signed former Anaheim center Mathieu Perreault, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. The deal is for $9 million over three seasons.

    The Jets have also re-signed forward Chris Thorburn for three more years, paying $3.6 million, according to Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

    End of update.

     

    Cap space: $19 million

    What they need: They need to figure out what they're doing with Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, as Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun suggests both players' names have shown up in trade rumors a lot during the offseason. The Jets could use goaltending help, as Ondrej Pavelec is more permeable than a paper towel. According to Wiebe, Derek Roy, Jussi Jokinen and Brian Boyle could be on the team's radar. 

    Potential targets: Jussi Jokinen, Derek Roy, Brian Boyle, Thomas Greiss, Chad Johnson, Martin Brodeur

     

    All statistics via NHL.com, all salary figures via CapGeek.com.

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