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Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 1:48 PM

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

Bruins sign Aaron Johnson

The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday. Johnson's contract is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

Johnson (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, tallying three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, and collecting 16 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 29-year-old played in 72 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League after signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Nashville Predators. He recorded AHL career highs in goals with nine, assists with 26 and points with 35, recording a plus-10 rating and adding 70 penalty minutes.

The 2009-10 season saw Johnson split time between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, when he recorded a combined four goals, six assists and 35 penalty minutes in 41 games.

Johnson has played in 281 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Oilers, Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 total points, with 217 penalty minutes.

The Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia native was selected by Columbus in the third round (No. 85) of the 2001 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 12:59 PM

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

Maloney willing to wait on Doan

Shane Doan could be the most desirable free agent left on the market, but he appears to be in no rush to make a decision.

Teams now appear willing to wait -- among them the Phoenix Coyotes, the franchise for which Doan has played every game of his NHL career.

Doan has expressed a desire to re-sign with the Coyotes, but is hesitant to do so while ownership questions remain.

Coyotes GM Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic that he doesn't mind waiting on Doan, believing it still "may be weeks" until Doan picks a team.

However, he remains confident that when Doan does make a decision, it will be to stay in Phoenix.

"I still remain confident that we will be able to sign Shane," Maloney said. "Nothing has changed in that respect. We still have regular communication despite everything you see and read."

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 8:57 PM

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

Predators GM would be interested in Doan

The Nashville Predators would be "very interested" in Shane Doan should he decide to leave the Phoenix Coyotes, general manager David Poile told The Tennessean on Tuesday.

"First of all, I’m hoping the Phoenix situation gets resolved and he can stay there and finish his career in Phoenix," Poile said to the newspaper. "If he decides it’s not a fit for him and would like to pursue other opportunities, the Predators would be very interested."

Doan, an unrestricted free agent, is waiting to see if the team will stay in Arizona under new ownership. It is believed several teams have an interest in the 35-year-old forward.

Poile, whose team lost defenseman Ryan Suter when he signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild this offseason, said he has started negotiations with defenseman Shea Weber.

"It’s ongoing and hopefully we’ll talk later in the week," Poile said. "I would say (we discussed) everything about the Predators, where we are and where we’re going and what part Shea has with that."

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 7:59 PM

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

Panthers sign three players

The Florida Panthers announced Tuesday they have signed center James Wright to a two-year contract and defenseman Mike Caruso and goalie Brian Foster to one-year contracts.

Wright, 22, was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 2, 2011. He appeared in 54 games for San Antonio of the American Hockey League last season, recording 28 points. He was selected in the fourth round (No. 117) of the 2008 NHL Draft by Tampa Bay.

Caruso, 24, played in 68 games with San Antonio last season, registering 13 points. He was chosen by Florida in the fourth round (No. 103) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Foster, 25, played in 12 games with San Antonio, going 4-6-0 with a 3.64 GAA. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 4, playing five minutes at Tampa Bay, making one save. He was selected by Florida in the fifth round (No. 161) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 7:30 PM

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

Predators sign goalie Smith

Goalie Jeremy Smith has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $660,000 at the NHL level or $65,000 at the AHL level.

The 23-year-old restricted free agent played for the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League last season. He was second in the league in wins (31) and shutouts (five) and posted a 2.17 goals-against average.

He was selected by Nashville in the second round (No. 54) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 6:43 PM

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

Islanders sign former draft pick Clark

The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that Jason Clark has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Clark, 20, appeared in 35 games over two seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

The Islanders selected Clark in the third round (No. 82) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He also played two seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 6:32 PM

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

Kings sign four to one-year deals

The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Thomas Hickey, forward Stefan Legein, forward David Meckler and defenseman Jake Muzzin to one-year contracts, the team announced Tuesday.

Hickey, 23, had 26 points in 76 regular-season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League last season. His plus-16 rating led the team. Hickey served as a captain for Team Canada when it won the gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championship. He was selected in the first-round (No. 4) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Legein, 23, recorded 14 goals and 11 assists in 63 regular-season games with the Monarchs last season. Five of his goals were shorthanded. Legin was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second-round (No. 37) of the 2007 NHL Draft and acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Meckler, 25, recorded 10 goals, seven assists and a plus-10 rating in 44 regular-season games with the Monarchs in his fifth season in Manchester. Meckler was selected by the Kings in the fifth-round (No. 134) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Muzzin, 23, established career highs in goals (seven), assists (24), points (31), penalty minutes (40) and games played (71) for the Monarchs last season. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth-round (No. 141) of the 2007 NHL Draft and signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 4, 2010.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 10:10 AM

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

Report: Jets, Kane working on long-term deal

Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets are working on a long-term contract that could keep the 20-year-old star forward with the franchise for at least six more years, according to a report from Gary Lawless in Tuesday's editions of the Winnipeg Free Press. Kane's entry-level contract expired after this past season.

Lawless reports that contract negotiations are moving along with the hope that a deal will be in place before training camp. A report on July 24 said the deal would be worth $29 million.

The two contracts reportedly being used as comparables are John Tavares' six-year, $33 million contract with the New York Islanders and Phil Kessel's five-year, $27 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares signed his contract this past season; Kessel is entering the fourth year of his deal.

Both Tavares and Kessel were coming off their entry-level contracts when they signed those deals.

Kane, the No. 4 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, has improved his production in each of his first three seasons. He put up career-bests in goals (30), assists (27), points (57), shots on goal (283) and plus/minus (plus-11) last season. He had 26 points as a rookie in 2009-10 and 43 points the following season.

Lawless also reports that if for some reason the Jets and Kane are not able to agree on a long-term deal, they more than likely would look for a deal in the neighborhood of two years and $5.75 million, which would match the terms of Logan Couture's contract with the San Jose Sharks. Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal recently completed playing under a contract with the same term and money, but will start a five-year, $30 million contract in 2012-13.

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 3:44 PM

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

L.A. signs King to two-year deal

The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Dwight King to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday. The Los Angeles Times reports the deal is worth about $1.5 million.

King, who turned 23 earlier this month, had 14 points (five goals, nine assists), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 27 regular-season games in 2011-12. He was recalled by the Kings from Manchester of the American Hockey League on Feb. 10 after tallying 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 50 regular-season games.

During the Kings' 2012 run to the Stanley Cup championship, King (6-foot-3, 234 pounds) collected five goals, three assists, 13 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. He ranked tied for first in goals scored during the postseason and tied for second in postseason game-winning goals (two) amongst rookies in 2012. Four of his five postseason goals were scored against Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals.

Selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (No. 109) in the 2007 NHL Draft, King has 14 points (five goals, nine assists), 12 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in 33 career NHL regular-season games -- all with the Kings.

With King officially on board, every player who appeared for Los Angeles during the 2012 postseason is signed for next season.

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 1:18 PM

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

Sens sign Nathan Lawson to one-year deal

The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that the club signed goaltender Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Lawson, 28, spent the 2011-12 campaign with Hamilton of the American Hockey League. In 44 games with the Montreal Canadiens' affiliate, he posted a record of 19-17-4 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage, recording five shutouts.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, the Calgary native spent the previous three seasons in the New York Islanders organization, playing primarily with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He made his NHL debut with the Islanders during the 2010-11 campaign and posted a record of 1-4-2 over 10 games with New York that season.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound goalie has played in four professional seasons, including 10 NHL games with the Islanders and 127 AHL games with Bridgeport and Hamilton. Undrafted, he played three seasons with the Western Collegiate Athletic Association's University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

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