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NHL Free Agency 2011

Schenn signs five-year deal with Leafs

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 3:07 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke wasn't mincing words when asked about Luke Schenn.

"I don't want to embarrass Luke," Burke said Friday, "but what you see is a classic, hard-nosed shut-down Canadian defenseman. Luke plays the game the way we all dream about finding players to play that way."

Burke backed up his statement by signing Schenn, a restricted free agent, to a new five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but multiple media reports place the average annual value at $3.6 million per season.
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Bailey and Islanders come to terms

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 8:54 AM / NHL Free Agency 2011

OttawaSenators.com

Just hours after signing John Tavares to a six-year contract Thursday, the New York Islanders came to terms with 2008 first-round pick Josh Bailey.

ESPNNewYork.com says the deal is for two years and $2.1 million.

Bailey, the ninth pick in the draft three years ago, had 11 goals and 28 points in 70 games with the Islanders last season, his third in the NHL, and has 34 goals and 88 points in 211 NHL games. He also played 11 games with the Isles’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport last season, piling up 17 points.
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Report: Doughty unlikely to appear at start of camp

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 9:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With Los Angeles Kings players due to report to the team's practice site in El Segundo, Calif., for physicals Friday, it's almost certain restricted free agent defenseman Drew Doughty won't be there.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday night that the 21-year-old blueliner remains home in Canada. After physicals Friday, the team will open training camp Saturday.

"We're committed to being engaged in discussions and we're more than willing to talk," Don Meehan, Doughty's agent, told the newspaper. "I think the next step is for the Kings to respond to our correspondence."

Meehan said he had sent correspondence to the Kings on Thursday in response to communication he had received from the club by e-mail and Federal Express.
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Selanne returning to Ducks for one more season

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 6:48 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Two months ago Teemu Selanne was home in Finland, and his aching left knee told him he could no longer defy the clock.

He was coming off surgery to clean out and repair the knee. His skates were well tucked away and looked like they'd be staying there.

"The whole month of July I was thinking it doesn't look very good," Selanne said. "I couldn't do much after two or three weeks. It's amazing how fast you lose the muscles around your knee. There were a lot of days where I felt, 'I don't know if this is going to work anymore.'"
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Selanne announces, via video, 2011-12 return

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 4:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

NHL.com

Teemu Selanne made it official: He will be back with the Anaheim Ducks for another season.

Selanne announced Thursday on the team's website that he will be returning for a 19th season in the NHL. The 41-year-old has 637 goals and 1,340 points in 1,259 career games with the Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and the Ducks.

"You guys knew I can't stop playing yet, so I'm back at least one more season," Selanne said in a message to Anaheim fans. "My middle name is 'One More,' and we start the season in Helsinki, so see you there."

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reported Selanne has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4 million after having one of the greatest seasons for a player of his age in NHL history for Anaheim in 2010-11.
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Bruins, Marchand agree to two-year contract

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 7:57 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON – When the Boston Bruins' quest to defend their Stanley Cup championship commences in a little more than three weeks, health-permitting, they're going to have all of their weapons at their disposal.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli made sure Wednesday that his team will open camp Friday with all the players he wants in the mix signed, as he agreed to terms with restricted free agent Brad Marchand on a two-year deal worth a reported $5 million.

Marchand will still be a restricted free agent, under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, when this deal expires. More importantly, however, was that the mutual admiration between the Bruins and the 23-year-old Marchand resulted in amicable negotiations and finally a deal that prevented any sort of holdout situation.
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Jets sign Bogosian to two-year deal

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 4:49 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

NHL.com

Zach Bogosian became the second important restricted free agent to sign Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with the Winnipeg Jets that was announced by the team just minutes after Brad Marchand came to terms with the Boston Bruins.

Bogosian's deal is reportedly for two years and worth $5 million -- the same length and money reported for Marchand's contract. The 21-year-old defenseman had 5 goals and 22 points in 71 games for the Atlanta Thrashers last season.
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Time to sign restricted free agents is running out

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 11:51 AM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Opening night for the 2011-12 NHL season will be three weeks away Thursday and training camps open this weekend. However, several critical young players remain unsigned.

While the unrestricted free agent class of 2011 was considered lacking in depth of impact players, the group of restricted free agents was bountiful -- and no fewer than six who could be classified anywhere from "franchise player" to "expected to make a significant impact this season" remain without signed contracts.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is the headliner of the group. Doughty had a monster second season in 2009-10, earning a trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards as a Norris Trophy finalist at the age of 20.

His production slipped last season, but after a slow start he earned plaudits for improving his work in the defensive end and remains in the discussion of best young defensemen in hockey -- and easily could return to his place among the best regardless of age.
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Jets sign Kyle Wellwood

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 11:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2011

NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets have signed free-agent center Kyle Wellwood. Both the Winnipeg Free Press and the Winnipeg Sun reported that the 28-year-old signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.

The six-year veteran has played in 373 regular-season games for Toronto, Vancouver and San Jose, scoring 68 goals and adding 105 assists for 173 points. He split last season between Atlant Moscow of the KHL and San Jose, appearing in 35 games for the Sharks, scoring five goals and adding eight assists, along with a plus-10 rating. He also went 1-6-7 in 18 playoff games.
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Bruins' Marchand still awaiting contract

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 2:02 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The lack of a new contract didn't prevent Bruins forward Brad Marchand from reporting to the team's Ristuccia Arena practice facility Thursday for the first of the team's informal captains' practices in preparation for next week's official start of training camp.

Marchand was one of around 20 players who hit the ice for a little more than an hour of drills. He became a restricted free agent July 1 after the expiration of his entry-level contract, and talks between the Bruins' brass and Marchand's agent Wade Arnott are ongoing.
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