"Feels good. Looks good," Vanek said.
Vanek, who makes his home about 20 minutes east of Xcel Energy Center in Stillwater, Minn., chose to take less money, over fewer years, to stay home and reap all the benefits that has to offer.
"It's beyond my wildest dreams," Vanek said. "It's still hard to put into words."
ST. LOUIS -- Unrestricted free agent center Paul Stastny was one of the big fish on the open market Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins look drastically different than they did when Tuesday began after an active first day of free agency that was highlighted by the signing of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
The Penguins signed Ehrhoff to a one-year contract worth $4 million shortly after free agency began at noon ET. The 31-year-old defenseman became a free agent when he was bought out of the final seven years of his 10-year, $40 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
"Once he was bought out, of course he was going to get a lot of attention," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "I made the call, like I'm sure several other teams did. I just made him aware that we were interested. … He loved the opportunity to come with the Penguins. He just felt let's give it one-year try with a good team with a chance to win."
Cracknell, 28, had two assists in 19 regular-season games with the St. Louis Blues and one goal in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.
In parts of four seasons with the Blues, Cracknell had six goals and 16 points in 65 games.
Defenseman Deryk Engelland signed a three-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The team did not release financial terms, but TSN reported the contract carries an average annual value of $2.9 million.
Engelland, 32, had a career-best six goals in 56 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, and finished with 12 points and 58 penalty minutes. He was held without a point in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.
There were a few extra players available Tuesday after some notable restricted free agents were not tendered a qualifying offer by his team. Those players became unrestricted free agents and do not require any compensation to sign a new contract.
The 24-year-old had three goals and 16 points in 67 games. He's had two strong offensive seasons in his five-year career but missed large parts of two because of injuries.
In his first full NHL season, the 27-year-old scored 10 goals and 25 points in 54 games in 2013-14. Each total ranked second among Avalanche defenseman behind Tyson Barrie.
An undrafted free agent after playing with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League, Holden signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 and spent much of the next five seasons with their American Hockey League affiliates in Syracuse and Springfield. He was scoreless in seven games with Columbus split between the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.
Financial terms were not disclosed by the Red Wings, but multiple reports have the 22-year-old forward signing for $1.9 million over the two years.
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There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.