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Posted On Monday, 07.02.2012 / 8:59 AM

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

Radulov returns to KHL

Free-agent forward Alexander Radulov has chosen to return to the KHL, signing a four-year contract with CSKA. The announcement was made on the team's website.

Radulov had spent the previous three seasons with Salavat Yulaev in the KHL before returning to the NHL with the Nashville Predators late last season. Radulov had spent two seasons with the Predators before jumping to the KHL while still under contract with Nashville.

He had three goals and four assists in nine regular-season games to help the Predators finish fourth in the Western Conference.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs he had six points in eight games as the Predators advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, but caused controversy when he was suspended for a game against the Phoenix Coyotes for missing curfew, and then made a healthy scratch for a second game.

After the season ended, Predators general manager David Poile publicly said Radulov, a restricted free agent, would not return to the club.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 11:18 PM

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Report: Devils increase offer to Brodeur

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly increased their offer to make sure Martin Brodeur never plays for a second team in his NHL career.

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting the Devils are now offering the 40-year-old goaltender a two-year deal that would keep him in New Jersey through the 2013-14 season. Brodeur became an unrestricted free agent Sunday afternoon and can sign with any club.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 9:29 PM

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Ducks sign Brad Staubitz to two-year deal

The Anaheim Ducks signed right wing Brad Staubitz to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season Sunday night. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Staubitz, 27, appeared in 62 contests split with the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens in 2011-12, scoring one goal while racking up 121 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 215-pound winger appeared in a career-high 71 contests in 2010-11 with the Wild, scoring a personal best nine points (four goals, five assists) with 173 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 9:25 PM

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Sabres sign John Scott

The Buffalo Sabres added size and toughness Sunday night, as they agreed to terms with forward John Scott on a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-8, 270-pounder split the 2011-12 season between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers, tallying one assist and 53 penalty minutes in 35 games. In four NHL seasons, the Edmonton native has appeared in 146 career games with the Rangers, Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, recording five points (one goal, four assists) and 236 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 8:03 PM

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Report: Garrison signs six-year deal with Canucks

Jason Garrison's career season is about to pay off in a big way.

TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that Garrison is leaving the Florida Panthers to sign a six-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks that will pay the offensive defenseman $4.6 million annually.

Garrison, 27, had 16 goals and 17 assists in 77 games this past season, just his second full campaign in the NHL. An undrafted free agent, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound blueliner has appeared in just 190 NHL games since turning pro in 2008.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 8:00 PM

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Souray signs three-year deal with Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks announced Sunday that they have signed veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray to a three-year contract through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Souray, 35, appeared in 64 games for Dallas last season, scoring six goals and 15 assists with a plus-11 rating and 73 penalty minutes. He appeared in his 700th career NHL game on Feb. 26, 2012 against Vancouver.

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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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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 6:30 PM

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Report: Leafs sign McClement to two-year deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent center Jay McClement to a two-year contract.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN.com, McClement, who spent the last two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, will earn $3 million over the next two seasons.

McClement, drafted in the second round (No. 57) by the St. Louis Blues in 2001, has spent seven seasons in the League. He spent five-plus years with the Blues before being traded to the Avalanche in February 2011.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 6:01 PM

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

Ducks sign Bryan Allen

It didn't take very long for the Anaheim Ducks to replace Lubomir Visnovsky on their blue line.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun is reporting the Ducks have signed defenseman Bryan Allen to a three-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million annually. The Ducks officially announced the signing Sunday night.

Allen, who turns 32 next month, had a goal, 13 assists and 76 penalty minutes in 82 games for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011-12. A former first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks (No. 4) in 1998, Allen played for the Florida Panthers from 2006 until being dealt to Carolina in 2011.

In 601 NHL games, Allen has 29 goals, 89 assists and 724 penalty minutes.

Visnovsky was traded to the New York Islanders on June 22 for a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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