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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 4:21 PM

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

Canucks add pair of defensemen

The Vancouver Canucks on Thursday signed free-agent defensemen Derek Joslin and Patrick Mullen.

Joslin, 27, had four points in 44 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, and three points in four games with the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

In 114 NHL games with the Sharks and Hurricanes, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound blueliner has four goals, 16 points and 63 penalty minutes.

Mullen, 26, had 41 points in 69 games last season with the Manchester Monarchs, the Los Angeles Kings' AHL team. His 13 goals were tied for fourth among AHL defensemen.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 4:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Flyers add Fedotenko and Gervais

The Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Bruno Gervais. Terms of the deals were not released, but ESPN.com is reporting Gervais' deal is for two years at $825,000 per season, while Fedotenko will make $1.75 million on a one-year deal.

Fedotenko, 33, returns to the team he started his NHL career with as an undrafted free agent in 2000-01. He had nine goals and 11 assists in 73 regular-season games with the New York Rangers last season, and two goals and five assists in 20 playoff games.

In 816 NHL games with the Flyers, Lightning, Islanders, Penguins and Rangers, the left wing has 169 goals and 184 assists. He also has a pair of Stanley Cup rings, with the 2004 Lightning and 2009 Penguins.

"I think the opportunity to add Ruslan, and his ability to play a lot of different roles on a team … he can play any wing, he can probably play center if you need," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "The fact that he's won a couple times, the fact that he’s been here before, both played into the decision to move forward with him. We’ve actually tried to sign Ruslan a couple times over the last few years and we’ve always missed out. I like him, and I think he's going to bring a lot to our team in terms of leadership, and I think he's a winner. I really do."

Gervais, 27, had six goals and seven assists in 50 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. A 2003 sixth-round pick of the New York Islanders, Gervais has 81 points in 381 NHL games with the Islanders and Lightning.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 2:28 PM

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

Oilers sign Dane Byers

The Edmonton Oilers on Thursday agreed to terms with left wing Dane Byers on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

Byers, 26, split last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. He was scoreless in eight NHL games, but had 16 goals and 23 assists in 61 AHL games. He also served as the team's captain.

A 2004 second-round pick of the New York Rangers, Byers has one goal in 14 NHL games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 1:52 PM

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

Perreault signs two-year extension with Capitals

Center Mathieu Perreault has signed a two-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Thursday.

The deal reportedly is worth $2.1 million.

The 24-year-old had 16 goals and 14 assists in 64 games -- all career highs -- last season. He was a plus-9 and had four game-winning goals.

In 120 career games -- all with Washington -- he has 27 goals, 26 assists and is a plus-10.

Perreault was selected by the Capitals in the sixth round (No. 177) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He won back-to-back Calder Cup championships with Hershey of the American Hockey League in 2009 and 2010.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 11:43 AM

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

Report: Devils sign two forwards

The New Jersey Devils reportedly added a pair of depth forwards Thursday, re-signing Tim Sestito and adding Krystofer Barch.

Sestito, a 27-year-old center, was held without a point in 18 games with the Devils last season. He also skated in one Stanley Cup Playoff game. He had 19 points and 127 penalty minutes in 45 games with the club's American Hockey League team, the Albany Devils.

In 64 NHL games with the Oilers and Devils, Sestito has three points -- all assists.

Barch, a 32-year-old right wing, had five points and 114 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers last season.

A 1998 fourth-round pick of the Washington Capitals, Barch has 12 goals, 39 points and 669 penalty minutes in 304 games with the Stars and Panthers.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 10:18 AM

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

Panthers sign Jacques to two-way contract

Jean-Francois Jacques, who spent most of last season in the American Hockey League, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Jacques, a 27-year-old left wing, was held without a point in six games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. But in 65 games with the club's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, he had 21 goals and 19 assists.

A 2003 second-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, Jacques has nine goals and eight assists in 166 NHL games with the Oilers and Ducks.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 9:57 AM

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

Penguins sign Dupuis to one-year contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday the team had signed forward Philippe Dupuis to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but ESPN.com is reporting the two-way contract will pay Dupuis $600,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

Dupuis, a 27-year-old center, went without a point in 30 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, but had 15 goals and 16 assists in 42 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

He has six goals and 12 assists in 116 NHL games with the Avalanche and Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 9:25 AM

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

Wild got help recruiting Parise, Suter

The results show Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, owner Craig Leipold and coach Mike Yeo did a masterful job in convincing free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to sign with the team Wednesday. But they got a little help in their recruiting pitch from some other Minnesota sports figures.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Twins star catcher Joe Mauer did their part in helping bring the two stars to the Wild.

Gardenhire is a noted hockey fan who has practiced in goal against the Wild and had a great thrill watching the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft take batting practice before a Twins-Pirates game in Pittsburgh last month.

In a video presented to Parise, Gardenhire showed off a signed photo of Parise in his Devils jersey that hangs on the bulletin board in his office at Target Field. He points to the photo and says, "I'd like that jersey to be green."

Gardenhire also waved a $5 bill at the camera, offering to add that to whatever contract the Wild had offered.

"I don't think he needs the $5, but I definitely sent him a video," Gardenhire told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I offered him about 18,000 rounds of batting practice. So I'll take credit for him."

Mauer shot videos for both Parise and Suter. In the Parise video, Mauer -- like Parise, a Minnesota native -- told Parise how much he's enjoyed playing in front of friends and family.

"I think I was wearing a Wild jersey," Mauer told the newspaper, "and I was just telling both of them that they'd look good in green."

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.04.2012 / 10:16 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Bowman: Hawks made 'impressive offer' to Parise

The Chicago Blackhawks didn't get Zach Parise -- this summer's top free-agent forward opted to sign with Minnesota on Wednesday -- but GM Stan Bowman said it wasn't for lack of trying.

"We made a very impressive offer to Zach. It came down to a family decision. You have to respect that," Bowman said during a conference call Wednesday night. "Our objective is not to make 'a splash.' Our objective is win hockey games. You can't look past the group we already have."

Bowman said that missing out on Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter -- who also signed with the Wild -- won't stop the Hawks from trying to get better.

The one thing Bowman said he couldn't offer was the chance to play at home.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.04.2012 / 11:08 AM

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

Parise, Suter could make decisions Wednesday

Agents for both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter said Wednesday could be the day the two marquee free agents in the class of 2012 make the decision about their futures.

Paul Ostby of Sheehy Hockey said on Twitter, "Client Ryan Suter plans on making a decision today." Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported on Twitter that Wade Arnott, agent for Parise, told her "likely a decision today."

Parise and Suter are the top players available, and both are expected to command huge contracts. Their decisions could also lead to more movement from players and teams waiting on the stars.

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