NHL Free Agents 2010: Signings and Rumours for August 23

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIAugust 23, 2010

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 16: Vincent Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on January 16, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Lightning 5-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Bryan Little has agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal are currently unknown.

Vincent Lecavalier will undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Expect him to be back before preseason begins.

Although Tomas Kaberle's dad, Frantisek Sr., has stated Kaberle wants out as long as Ron Wilson is coach, don't expect that to be the case. Kaberle has maintained all along that his number one priority is to stay with the Leafs. Frantisek also mentioned how hard it is to play in Toronto, but clearly Tomas has had no trouble doing that in his illustrious career.

Aaron Asham signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $700,000. This adds more physicality to a great lineup. Expect the Penguins to go deep into the playoffs next year.

Willie Mitchell will make his decision today. I expect him to go to the San Jose Sharks as it keeps him in the Western Conference, where the Sharks are the team with probably the best chance to represent the West in the finals.

The Edmonton Oilers are trying to deal Sheldon Souray to Washington for Tomas Fleischmann. Another deal the Capitals have in the works is Fleischmann for Kevin Bieksa.

If the Souray-for-Fleischmann deal fizzles, expect the Oilers to send Souray to the New York Islanders. I wonder what the Islanders can offer for him; they have lots of young talent, but they'll need that.

Bill Sweatt signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Vancouver Canucks. I don't expect him to be on the big club, but he is a great prospect. 

The NHL will change the regular season tiebreaker rules. Instead of just wins being the first tiebreaker, it will be wins minus shootout wins. In other words, they don't want to count shootouts as they are an individual skills competition.