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Posted On Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 6:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Taylor Pyatt signs with Rangers

Taylor Pyatt is headed from the desert to the Big Apple.

The New York Rangers on Tuesday agreed to terms with Pyatt on a deal that TSN said is worth $3.1 million over two years, an average annual value of $1.55 million.

The 30-year-old was the eighth player chosen in the 1999 NHL Draft when he was taken by the New York Islanders. He made his debut with the Isles in 2000-01, was traded to Buffalo the following summer and has also played for Vancouver and Phoenix. Pyatt spent the past three seasons with the Coyotes and had nine goals and 19 points in 73 games this past season. He added four goals and two assists in 16 playoff games as the Coyotes advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 5:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Report: Suter's agent says no decision Tuesday

The question of which team All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter will sign with won't be answered for at least another day.

According to a report from USA Today's Kevin Allen, Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, said via email that the defenseman will not make a decision on Tuesday. There was no word as to when Suter might make up his mind whether to stay with the Nashville Predators or go to another club -- Detroit, Minnesota and Philadelphia are said to be the teams most interested in signing him.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 9:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Raycroft signs with Italian club

Andrew Raycroft, who split last season between the Dallas Stars and their American Hockey League affiliate, on Tuesday signed to play for Italian club Milano Rossoblu for 2012-13.

Raycroft, 32, went 2-8-0 with a 3.52 goals-against average and .858 save percentage in 10 games with the Stars as Kari Lehtonen's backup. He was placed on waivers Dec. 28 and sent to the Texas Stars of the AHL when Dallas recalled Richard Bachman to serve as Lehtonen's backup. In 21 AHL games, Raycroft went 9-10-1 with a 3.16 GAA and .891 save percentage.

A 1998 fifth-round pick of the Boston Bruins, Raycroft won the 2004 Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie, but failed to establish himself beyond that first great season, when he won 29 games with a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage. In 11 NHL seasons with the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Avalanche, Canucks and Stars, he's 113-114-21 with 10 ties in 280 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 9:17 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Caps sign Hillen to one-year deal

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday morning they have signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hillen, 26, had six points (two goals, four assists), a plus-6 rating and 20 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Nashville Predators in 2011-12. He finished tied for eighth on the club in blocked shots (65).

The Minnetonka, Minn., native has 56 points (10 goals, 46 assists) and 129 penalty minutes in 230 NHL games with the New York Islanders and Nashville. He posted career highs in goals (four), assists (tied; 18), points (22) and penalty minutes (45) during the 2010-11 campaign with the Isles.

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Posted On Monday, 07.02.2012 / 7:43 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Suter won't make decision on Monday

Premier free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter will not decide his new destination Monday night. In fact, his camp refuses to put a timetable on when the decision might be made.

"There will be no decision on Ryan Suter [Monday night] and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time," Neil Sheehy, Suter's representative, said in a statement "Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration."

Several teams are keenly interested in the services of Suter, the consensus best defenseman on the market.

The Nashville Predators, Suter's most recent employer, would like to retain his services and have not given up the chase despite the intense pressure being exerted by other teams since Suter hit the open market Sunday at noon ET.

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Posted On Monday, 07.02.2012 / 3:24 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Blues sign Jeff Woywitka

The St. Louis Blues announced Monday the club has signed defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year, two-way contract.

Woywitka, 28, appeared in 27 games for the New York Rangers in 2011-12, tallying six points (one goal, five assists) and eight penalty minutes. He also dressed for six games for AHL Connecticut, notching three assists and six penalty minutes.

This will be Woywitka's second stint with St. Louis. He appeared in 152 games for the club between 2005 and 2009, tallying 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) and 106 penalty minutes.

Overall, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound blueliner has appeared in 278 career NHL games including stints with St. Louis, Dallas and New York. He has 55 points (nine goals, 46 assists) and 149 penalty minutes.

The Vermilion, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (No. 27) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 07.02.2012 / 2:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Canucks re-sign Ebbett, Pinizzotto

The Vancouver Canucks re-signed a pair of forwards Monday, agreeing to contracts with Andrew Ebbett and Steve Pinizzotto.

Ebbett, 29, appeared in 18 games for the Canucks in 2011-12, recording five goals and six points, including two overtime game-winners. He reportedly signed a two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level.

Ebbett has played in 163 career NHL games over the span of five seasons with the Ducks, Blackhawks, Wild, Coyotes and Canucks, collecting 24 goals and 58 points.

Pinizzotto, 28, impressed during his first training camp with the Canucks but ended up missing all of last season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Terms of his deal were not immediately available.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Pinizzotto previously spent the 2010-11 season with the Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, collecting 17 goals, 42 points and 178 penalty minutes in 68 games. He finished the regular season with the team's best plus/minus at plus-40. He also appeared in six AHL playoff games, recording two goals, four points and six penalty minutes.

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Posted On Monday, 07.02.2012 / 12:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Islanders deal with Boulton is official

The New York Islanders officially signed forward Eric Boulton on Monday, giving him a one-year contract for a reported $550,000.

The 35-year-old Boulton played 51 games last year for the Devils and had 115 penalty minutes and nine fighting majors. He did not record a point.

In 600 career games, Boulton has 73 points and 1,265 penalty minutes.

Boulton signed a two-year contract with the Devils last summer, but the team bought out the final year of the deal.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 6:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Red Wings sign Samuelsson, Tootoo

While the Detroit Red Wings wait to hear from Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, they managed to add two solid forwards Sunday.

The Red Wings wings announced they have brought Mikael Samuelsson back to Motown for two years, and signed Jordin Tootoo to a three-year deal.

Samuelsson, 35, reportedly will receive $6 million over the two years, according to TSN. He played in Detroit from 2005-09 and helped the Red Wings win a Stanley Cup in 2008. He had 13 goals and 15 assists in 48 games for the Florida Panthers last season.

"We know him and he can skate," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the team's website. "He has the ability to chip in with some scoring, he has a real good shot and he can transport the puck up the ice on the power play. He’s a real good solid pro and again we know him. You see guys 38, 39, and 40-years-old getting three-year deals, but I think he’s a good, young 35 because of his ability to skate."

Tootoo, 29, has spent his entire professional career in the Nashville Predators' organization. He went 6-24-30 in 77 games for the Predators in 2011-12. Tootoo's deal reportedly is worth $5.7 million.

The Wings were busy from the get-go Sunday, signing Swiss forward Damien Brunner and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

Brunner, 26, had 24 goals and 36 assists in 45 games in the Swiss league. He participated in the World Championships in May.

Gustavsson, 27, went 17-17-4 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 42 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

"We’ve got lot of cap space and we wanted to get our organization deeper," Holland told the website. "We tried to bring some kids along and some haven’t come along like we had hoped. Gustavsson, we see a guy’s who is 6-3, 6-4 with experience in Toronto with their media, and he dealt with it pretty good. We want Gustuvsson to push Jimmy (Howard) to another level and we want Jimmy to push Gustuvsson, so we think we have some real good goaltending."

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 6:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Lightning sign defenseman Salo

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday reached a two-year agreement with 37-year-old defenseman Sami Salo.

The signing, which reportedly will pay Salo $3.75 million per year, comes as a bit of a surprise considering he has missed an average of 24 games annually since the 2004-05 lockout while dealing with various injuries.

The veteran, who turns 38 in September, just finished a one-year, $2 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks before hitting the free agent market Sunday. He played nine seasons with the Canucks, connecting for nine goals and 25 points in 2011-12 in 69 games.

His departure leaves the Canucks with just a trio of top defensemen -- Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis and Alex Edler. Salo will likely figure into the Lightning's top four along the blue line -- so long as he's healthy.

He missed time last season due to groin injuries and a concussion suffered Jan. 7 against the Boston Bruins. He's also torn his Achilles tendon playing floorball and injured his shoulder after colliding with teammate Ville Peltonen for Team Finland during a line change at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He'd win a silver medal that year in Turin.

Salo, usually assigned the opposing team's top players, was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the ninth round (No. 239) in the 1996 NHL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Senators before being traded to the Canucks in September 2002. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Finn has 93 goals and 305 points in 761 career games. He has appeared in 100 playoff games, scoring 12 goals and 31 points.

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