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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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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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