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Analysis: Which goalies signed with right teams

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 8:37 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- There are comparisons to be made between golfers and goalies because, like a golf swing, the finest details of movement and technique on the ice are broken down and analyzed. Like grooving a golf swing, repetition can be key to consistency for a goaltender searching for his most efficient, effective style.

Are there any comparisons to be made between signing an NHL goaltender and picking a winner on the PGA Tour? In golf, we often hear about "horses for courses," or choosing a player based on how a specific course fits his strengths and weaknesses. The same can apply to picking a goalie.

Not every team leans as heavily on its goaltending coach to help choose its personnel; many that do will get an opinion that factors in the system a team plays and how it defends. Finding a good fit between a goaltender and his team's style is important.

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Drouin expects to make Lightning this time around

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 7:08 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Jonathan Drouin was one of the most decorated players in junior hockey when he was selected third in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Instead of debuting in the League, he was sent back to junior and established himself as one of the world's top prospects. After a 2013-14 season when disappointing losses overshadowed great individual achievements, the 19-year-old is on the verge of starting his NHL career.

"I'm more mature as a person. I think I grew a little bit being one of the older guys on the [junior] team, seeing things you didn't see when you were 16 or 17," Drouin said from Lightning prospect camp. "A lot of things were tough for me. It helped me grow as a person. Not winning was the toughest thing."

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Legwand saw 'good fit' with Senators after trade

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 4:57 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Ottawa Senators and center David Legwand have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract, the team announced Friday.

He will make $2.5 million in 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16. His NHL salary-cap charge will be $3 million per season.

"We had other options," Legwand said Friday, according to the Senators website. "I think Ottawa is a place where I liked the coaching staff, I played against Paul MacLean a lot when he was with Detroit, and obviously with Jason Spezza leaving I thought it was a good fit for myself. … It's an exciting time there and it should be a good season for us."

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Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman David Savard

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 10:56 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent defenseman David Savard to a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday.

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Veteran goalies remain on free-agent market

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 2:11 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity in the NHL, with more than 75 unrestricted free agent finding new teams. But there are still some players remaining on the open market and looking for work, either with the club they played for in 2013-14 or one that has a hole it's looking to fill.

Here's a look at some of the top unrestricted free agents still available:

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Blue Jackets add Gibbons on two-way contract

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 12:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Brian Gibbons has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team announced Friday.

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Hurricanes add Holmstrom to two-way contract

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 11:47 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Ben Holmstrom to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Friday.

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Capitals sign Kennedy, Newbury to two-way contracts

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 11:13 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forwards Tim Kennedy and Kris Newbury each signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Friday.

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Lightning retain RFA Sustr on one-year contract

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 10:53 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Defenseman Andrej Sustr has signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Friday.

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Koekkoek eager to show Lightning what he can do

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 12:00 AM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Slater Koekkoek was soaking up some of the spotlight this week at Tampa Bay Lightning prospect camp. That says a lot, considering some of the talent in attendance and the adversity Koekkoek has encountered since being taken with the 10th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The camp roster included forward Jonathan Drouin, the third player taken in the 2013 draft, who finished as the leading scorer during the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. Also on hand was Andrei Vasilevskiy, one of the world's top goaltending prospects, who was taken nine picks after Koekkoek in 2012.

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