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Hamhuis leads 'D' signings as free agency begins

Thursday, 07.01.2010 / 7:39 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

As many expected, Dan Hamhuis has signed a long-term contract with the Vancouver Canucks on the first day of NHL free agency. Defensemen were prime targets of NHL teams, as 10 found new home in the first few hours after the signing period opened.

After losing Sergei Gonchar to a multi-year deal with the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed Zbynek Michalek, who was a standout for the Phoenix Coyotes last season and later added Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils.

New Jersey then signed former Sabre Henrik Tallinder and former Senator Anton Volchenkov to bolster their blue line. The Philadelphia Flyers were active on defense too, first trading a draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Andrej Meszaros and then signing veteran Sean O'Donnell from Los Angeles.

Here is NHL.com's look at Thursday's moves among defensemen.

Dan Hamhuis lands in Vancouver

Anton Volchenkov to Devils

Kurtis Foster to Oilers

Andrej Mezsaros to Flyers

Henrik Tallinder joins Jersey

Toni Lydman to Ducks

Paul Martin a Penguin

Derek Morris staying in Phoenix

Sean O'Donnell to Flyers

Zbynek Michalek to Pittsburgh

Sergei Gonchar a Senator

Jordan Leopold to Buffalo



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— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday