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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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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 / 5:00 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Voynov, Loktionov take Cup to Russia

The Stanley Cup began its tour of the world Wednesday, with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and forward Andrei Loktionov taking the Cup through several Russian cities.

Loktionov played just two games during the playoffs and none after the first round. Meanwhile, Voynov's emergence after the Kings dealt Jack Johnson to the Blue Jackets for Jeff Carter was a major reason for Los Angeles winning it all.

The Cup first arrived in Voynov's hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, before Loktionov took it to a spot just outside Moscow.

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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 / 9:20 PM

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

Jets sign Olli Jokinen

The Winnipeg Jets have found their No. 1 center in Olli Jokinen.

The Jets signed the unrestricted free agent to a two-year contract Monday night. TSN is reporting the deal will pay Jokinen a total of $9 million.

"Olli is someone that we identified when we went through the process of identifying a players that would be available at the free agency time," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "We were looking to get at centerman if we could and we were very fortunate to get him. We're very excited about getting him. He's got the size, a tremendous amount of experience. He had great consistency over the years. With adding the size of [Alexei] Ponikarovsky and now Jokinen, we're a bigger and harder team to play against.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to bring in a front-line player and top-six player into the organization."
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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 / 3:30 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Report: Canadiens not in running for Jagr

Montreal's La Presse newspaper reported Monday that the Canadiens are not only out of the running to sign free agent forward Jaromir Jagr, but they haven't even spoken to him since free agency opened Sunday at noon.

Jagr's agent Petr Svoboda tells La Presse that several teams are interested in retaining Jagr's services, but he unequivocally shot down the rumors that one of them was the Canadiens.

"There is nothing going on between us and the Canadiens," Svoboda told the newspaper.

The Canadiens were believed to be in the running to sign Jagr last summer, along with the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, before he finally chose to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers for one year and $3.3 million.

Jagr, 40, had 54 points in 73 games with the Flyers last season along with eight points in 11 playoff games.

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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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— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory