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NHL Free Agency 2012

Official 2012 available free agents list

Monday, 01.28.2013 / 7:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012


NOTE: Below is a list of players, who, effective July 1, became free agents.

2012 Free Agent Signings Tracker

Names will be removed from this list as the players sign with their respective Clubs.

Some players whose names appear on this list may recently have signed with their respective Clubs; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.

Official 2012 free agent signings tracker

Monday, 01.28.2013 / 7:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012


NOTE: This is the official free agent signings list as of July 1 at noon ET.

Also see: List of available free agents

JAN 28 D P.K. Subban Montreal Montreal Read story ››
JAN 18 D Nick Petrecki San Jose San Jose Read story ››
JAN 18 F James Sheppard San Jose San Jose Read story ››
JAN 18 D Wade Redden St. Louis NY Rangers Read story ››
JAN 16 F Troy Bodie Anaheim Anaheim Read story ››
JAN 16 D Ryan Parent Anaheim Vancouver Read story ››
JAN 16 F Jay Rosehill Anaheim Toronto Read story ››
JAN 16 F Jason Jaffray Winnipeg Winnipeg Read story ››
JAN 14 D Jim Vandermeer Vancouver San Jose Read story ››
JAN 13 D Cam Barker Vancouver Edmonton Read story ››
JAN 13 F Eric Fehr Washington Winnipeg Read story ››
JAN 13 C Jochen Hecht Buffalo Buffalo Read story ››

Colaiacovo ready for new start in Detroit

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 4:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

When Carlo Colaiacovo was traded from his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs to the St. Louis Blues in 2008, he didn't know what to expect.

Carlo Colaiacovo
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 19
SOG: 68 | +/-: 7

Colaiacovo, 29, soon would settle into his new home and learn St. Louis wouldn't be a bad place to play the rest of his career.

"Ultimately that was my wish and my hope," Colaiacovo told NHL.com Friday.

Unfortunately for Colaiacovo, the business side took center stage with his career, and Friday he traded in his Blues jersey for a Red Wings model when the veteran unrestricted free-agent defenseman signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Red Wings.

The Red Wings also re-signed restricted free-agent forward Justin Abdelkader to a four-year contract. Financial terms for that deal were not released, but MLive.com is reporting the annual average value to be $1.8 million.

Capitals confident best is yet to come for Carlson

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 11:25 AM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee has made a habit of signing his youngest players to short-term deals.

Defenseman Karl Alzner, goalie Michal Neuvirth and center Mathieu Perreault all are working under two-year contracts, and it would have been easy for defenseman John Carlson to follow suit.

The Capitals' 22-year-old blueliner bucked that trend Friday, agreeing to a six-year, $23.8 million contract. Carlson will earn $3.8 million in 2012-13 and $4 million per season from 2013-14 through 2017-18.

Maple Leafs sign Scrivens to two-year contract

Wednesday, 09.12.2012 / 11:31 AM / NHL Free Agency 2012


Goaltender Ben Scrivens signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Scrivens is expected to serve as the backup to James Reimer to start this season. Scrivens, 26, split the 2011-12 season between the Maple Leafs and the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder played 12 games for the Maple Leafs, registering a record of 4-5-2, a 3.13 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

He made his NHL debut, recorded his first win and stopped 38 shots in the Leafs' 4-1 victory on Nov. 3 at Columbus.

Tippett remains optimistic Coyotes will re-sign Doan

Wednesday, 08.22.2012 / 11:57 AM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The fact that Shane Doan remains unsigned this late into the summer is a good indication to Dave Tippett that the Coyotes' recruitment is working. (Photo: Norm Hall/NHLI)

TORONTO -- Despite summer-long speculation about where unrestricted free agent Shane Doan will continue his career, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett thinks the Coyotes, the only NHL team Doan has ever played for, still have as good a shot as any at re-signing him.

Doan returned to the headlines this week when further reports surfaced of a standing four-year, $30 million contract offer he has from the Buffalo Sabres. Tippett, though, told NHL.com he has been in constant communication all summer with Doan in an attempt to convince him to stay.

"I'm certainly not involved in any contract negotiations, but there are lots of conversations back and forth, making sure he knows that we're going to try to do everything we can," said Tippett, who is in Toronto attending the NHL's Standard of Rule Enforcement Meeting. "We certainly don't want him going anywhere, and I'm probably no different than the other teams trying to come to their place, I'm just trying to convince him to stay."

Pacioretty got deal thanks to new Canadiens GM

Tuesday, 08.14.2012 / 6:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When Max Pacioretty completed his breakout season with the Montreal Canadiens in April, he had no idea what the future had in store for him.

The team was without a general manager at the time, Pierre Gauthier having been fired a couple of weeks earlier, and Pacioretty was about to enter the final year of his two-year, $3.25 million contract.

"We felt he's part of our core moving forward. He showed character with what happened when he got hurt, he came back strong. The guy cares about the team and his teammates. We wanted to tie him up and we felt this was a good deal, and he felt the same way."
-- Canadiens' GM Marc Bergevin

But when Marc Bergevin was hired as GM at the beginning of May, Pacioretty's future became a lot clearer.

Shortly after Bergevin was hired he began talks with Pacioretty to get his name on a long-term deal, a process that came to fruition Monday when he was signed to a six-year, $27 million contract extension that could keep the budding power forward in Montreal until the end of the 2018-19 season.

"I wanted to do it at all times, but it's something that wasn't available with the old management situation," Pacioretty said Tuesday in a conference call, referring to Gauthier's reluctance to negotiate contract extensions with players who are not free agents. "I didn't really know what to expect for the future, I didn't know if the new GM was willing to negotiate mid-contract. As soon as they said they wanted to get a deal done, I love playing in Montreal and I wanted to get it done as soon as possible."

Subban optimistic he'll have long career with Habs

Monday, 08.13.2012 / 5:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- P.K. Subban wants to remain in Montreal, and despite the fact the restricted free agent defenseman is still without a contract for next season he remains optimistic he'll have a long career with the Canadiens.

"There's no question that people know that I enjoy playing (in Montreal)," Subban told NHL.com on Monday during a visit at Laylor Performance Systems, where he trains in the summer. "I grew up a Montreal Canadiens fan. I love playing there and I want to play there for the rest of my career."

Subban, who finished playing under his three-year entry-level contract last season, said because he doesn't know when a contract will get done with the Canadiens he's keeping his focus on his summer training. He would not divulge the terms he is seeking except to say "when you're comfortable in a place, everybody would like a long-term deal."

Subban, 23, was making $875,000 per season under the terms of his entry-level contract, according to CapGeek. He has 76 points in 160 regular-season games along with 12 points in 21 postseason games.

Flyers re-sign Bourdon, ink Laughton

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 3:53 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012


Marc-Andre Bourdon
Defense - PHI
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 7
SOG: 45 | +/-: 4
The Philadelphia Flyers announced Wednesday that they have re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multiyear contract extension and have inked center Scott Laughton to an entry-level contract.

No financial terms were disclosed for either deal, but CSNPhilly.com says Bourdon's pact was for two years and $1.225 million, an average annual value of $612.500.

Laughton was Philadelphia's first-round pick (No. 20 overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He spent the last two seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, producing 33 goals and 76 points in 127 games.

Five possible landing spots if Doan leaves Phoenix

Monday, 07.30.2012 / 4:21 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

While free agent Shane Doan stays busy fielding contract offers and visiting teams, Greg Jamison, the prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, is still trying to finalize an agreement to purchase the team from the National Hockey League.

Shane Doan scored 22 goals and 50 points last season, giving him 788 points in 1,198 games with the Coyotes, the only organization he's played with during his career. (Getty Images)

Since Doan, who has played his whole career with the Phoenix franchise, has tied his future in the desert to Jamison's ability to finalize a deal for the Coyotes, he remains the most coveted unrestricted free agent still on the market.

The question is for how much longer?

"I've made no bones about the fact that I want to go back to Phoenix if the situation works out," Doan, 35, said earlier this month while in New York attending the collective bargaining negotiations between the NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association. "I understand at some point I'll have to probably make a decision without knowing all the information, but until I get as much information as I can, I'm going to try to wait."

Doan's patience appears to be waning.

Jamison still hasn't secured the team and it remains unclear when, or even if, he will. Meanwhile, Doan, who has played in Phoenix since the team arrived in 1996, has a wife and four school-aged children to consider, and if he is going to start playing in a new city, he wants to get them settled as soon as possible.

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