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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 12:23 PM

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

Pouliot signs one-year pact with Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning kept Benoit Pouliot from hitting the free agent market just before noon ET on Sunday.

Pouliot and the Lightning agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.8 million, according to multiple reports. He had 16 goals and 32 points for the Boston Bruins this past season, but was traded to Tampa Bay on the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft for a fifth-round pick and Michel Ouellet.

He has 46 goals in the past three seasons, but the Lightning will also be the fourth team he's played for since the start of the 2009-10.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 12:23 PM

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

Leighton re-signs with Flyers

Goalie Michael Leighton has re-signed with the Philadelphia Flyers to serve as the backup to Ilya Bryzgalov.

The contract reportedly is for one-year, $900,000.

The Flyers last week traded Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets, opening the No. 2 spot behind Bryzgalov.

"I'm very happy to be back in Philly," Leighton said, according to the team's website. "This is where I want to be and I'm excited about the team we have this year. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with Jeff Reese."

Leighton, 31, has not played an NHL game since 2010-11, when he played one.

In parts of three seasons, all with the Flyers, he is 35-40-2 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 104 games.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 12:12 PM

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

Clemmensen signs two-year contract with Panthers

The Florida Panthers secured the services of a goaltender Sunday, but it wasn't Roberto Luongo.

Florida and Scott Clemmensen have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the team announced. He played in 30 games for the Panthers last season, posting a 14-6-6 record with a .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average. He also appeared in three of Florida's seven playoff games.

“Scott is a high-character, hard-working player who is a true professional in every sense,” general manager Dale Tallon said on the team's website. “He stepped in and played very well in some tough games for us last season, including recording wins against Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Jose, Washington and Philadelphia. We are very pleased to have him back with our club and look forward to his continued contributions to our organization both on and off the ice.”

Jose Theodore
, who was Florida's No. 1 goalie last season, has one year left on his contract. The Panthers reportedly have been one of the teams interested in acquiring Luongo from Vancouver, who could be traded by the Canucks this offseason after sitting in favor of Cory Schneider at the end of their first-round playoff series against Los Angeles.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 11:58 AM

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

Goalie Danis signs with Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have signed goalie Yann Danis to a one-year contract, the team announced Sunday.

Danis, 31, played one game for the Oilers last season.

He has played in 50 NHL games in parts of four seasons starting in 2005-06. He is 16-21-4 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

His career high is 31 games with the New York Islanders in 2008-09. He also has played for the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 11:40 AM

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

Report: Smyth, Oilers agree on two-year deal

With a team of such young talent, the Edmonton Oilers were able to keep one of their own veterans shortly before he would have been available on the free agent market.

The Oilers have reportedly signed forward Ryan Smyth, 36, to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.25 million. Smyth would have become an unrestricted free agent Sunday after finishing a five-year, $31.2 million contract he signed with the Colorado Avalanche in 2007.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 10:56 AM

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

Report: Whitney, Doan to test free agent market

According to a tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger, Ray Whitney and Shane Doan will be available on the free agent market when it opens at noon ET Sunday, but they will have totally different mentalities.

Doan, 35, who has been with the organization for his entire career, wants to return to Phoenix but he wants to learn more about the future of the ownership situation before he makes his decision.

Whitney, 40, is hoping for a multi-year contract and could sign immediately. He led the Coyotes with 77 points in 82 games this past season, but Phoenix might be unable or unwilling to offer a 40-year-old player more than a one-year contract.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.30.2012 / 8:17 PM

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

Gaustad signs four-year deal with Preds

It appears as though Paul Gaustad won't be testing the market Sunday.

Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reported via Twitter on Saturday night that the hulking center has agreed to a four-year, $13 million deal to stay with the Nashville Predators. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound pivot was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline.

Gaustad, 30, had no goals and four assists in 14 regular-season games for the Predators and went 1-1-2 in 10 playoff contests.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.30.2012 / 8:14 PM

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

Boll, Jackets agree to two-year deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to terms with right wing Jared Boll to a two-year, $2.1 million contract, the club announced Saturday.

Jared Boll
Right Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 3
SOG: 35 | +/-: -8
Boll, 26, will earn $950,000 in 2012-13 and $1.15 million in 2013-14.

Boll had two goals and an assist with 126 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Blue Jackets in 2011-12. He ranked second among on the club and 15th in the NHL in penalty minutes. In 2010-11, he went 7-5-12 and 182 penalty minutes in 73 games.

"Jared is a hard-working, honest player who gives everything he has every time he steps on the ice," Columbus general manager Scott Howson said. "He has also been a great ambassador in our community and we are happy that he will continue to be a Blue Jacket."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.30.2012 / 5:45 PM

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Habs sign Emelin to two-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexei Emelin to a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-2, 219-pound blueliner completed his first season with the Canadiens in 2011-12 and tallied three goals and four assists in 67 games.

Emelin, 26, led the Canadiens with 236 hits, ranking first among NHL rookie defensemen and fourth among League defensemen. He also blocked 88 shots, finishing sixth among rookie blueliners.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.30.2012 / 3:51 PM

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Schultz agrees to deal with Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have won the Justin Schultz sweepstakes.

Schultz, a top prospect who became an unrestricted free agent when he left school and didn't sign with the Anaheim Ducks, agreed to terms on an entry-level contract Saturday with the Oliers, the team announced.

The 21-year-old defenseman had 16 goals and 44 points for Wisconsin last season, and 40 goals and 113 points in three seasons (121 games) with the Badgers. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.

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