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NHL Free Agency 2012

Avs happy with first-day signings

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 8:22 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

The free-spending days of the Colorado Avalanche are long gone, but general manager Greg Sherman still managed to improve his young club Sunday without breaking the bank.

PA Parenteau
Right Wing
GOALS: 18 | ASST: 49 | PTS: 67
SOG: 167 | +/-: -8
"What we accomplished today we feel really strongly about," he said. "We certainly fulfilled some needs that we had. We'll continue to evaluate our roster, looking to now and in the future."

Sherman wanted to add a top-six forward and he did so by signing right wing PA Parenteau to a four-year, $16 million contract. Parenteau, 29, had 18 goals, 49 assists and 89 penalty minutes in 80 games last season with the New York Islanders. His 67 points were a career high, and he totaled 38 goals and 82 assists the past two seasons while getting plenty of ice time with Islanders star center John Tavares.

"He's a dynamic player with skill and he certainly complements our young centermen," Sherman said. "I think that was something that was certainly appealing to him. After speaking with him, I know that he's excited to join this organization and he's excited to be a part of this hockey club."

Despite moves, Nash remains top priority for Jackets

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 7:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

While most of the focus Sunday was on the destinations of forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter -- the two biggest names on the free-agent market -- Columbus forward Rick Nash remained in limbo, as well.

Rick Nash
Right Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 30 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 59
SOG: 306 | +/-: -19
Nash, the Columbus captain, is expected to be traded this summer. There were thoughts it could happen as early as Sunday, the opening of free agency for the 2012-13 season.

But, it has not happened yet -- and may actually be a while.

Sunday, Columbus general manager Scott Howson said he was no closer to trading Nash.

"It was a quiet Rick Nash day today," said Howson.

There is one place that Nash will not be going: Ottawa.

The Senators have been open and aggressive about their desire to land the power forward, but Ottawa has never been on the list of acceptable teams for Nash, who has a no-movement clause that he has agreed to waive for only a few teams.

Busy Islanders sign Carkner, Boyes

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 4:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders have been active on the opening day of free agency, addressing needs both up front and on the blue line Sunday.

Defenseman Matt Carkner agreed to a three-year, $4.5 million deal with the Isles after the Colorado Avalanche announced he had signed with them. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound player spent the past five seasons in the Ottawa Senators' organization and had a goal, two assists and 33 penalty minutes in 29 regular-season games last season. He also had an assist and 21 penalty minutes in four playoff games for the Sens, who lost in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers.

"We're very happy to add Matt to our defensive core for the next three seasons," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. "He brings good size and toughness to our blue line."

Searching for more scoring depth up front, the Isles signed center Brad Boyes to a one-year deal worth $1 million. Boyes, 30, had eight goals and 15 assists in 65 games for the Buffalo Sabres in 2011-12. A former first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (No. 24) in 2000, Boyes scored 43 goals for the St. Louis Blues in 2007-08. He had 33 goals the following season, but has battled injuries in recent years.

Kings bring Penner back with one-year deal

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 3:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dustin Penner could have dipped his toes in free-agent waters and likely secured a long-term deal. But the burly, affable winger wanted to return to the Stanley Cup champions.

Penner signed a one-year extension worth a reported $3.25 million Sunday, the opening day of free agency. That means Los Angeles can return everyone from their regular lineup after the earlier re-signings of Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser [winger Dwight King is a restricted free agent].

Penner, who took about $1 million pay cut from what he made this past season and will again be in a contract year, said he never got to free agency and worked it out with general manager Dean Lombardi beforehand.  He cited his infamous departure from the Anaheim Ducks after he won the Cup with them in 2007 and then signed an offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers.

Rangers add Asham as likely Prust replacement

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 3:19 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

With Brandon Prust all but gone via free agency, the New York Rangers made a move to fill the void Sunday.

Forward Arron Asham agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers for a reported $2 million. Asham spent the last two seasons with the Penguins and will replace the toughness lost with Prust's departure.

The 34-year-old Asham isn't just a fighter. The right wing has scored at least 10 goals four times in his career and had five goals and 11 assists in 64 games with the Penguins last year.

Islanders sign Brad Boyes, Matt Carkner

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 2:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

The New York Islanders and forward Brad Boyes have agreed to terms on a new contract, the team announced Sunday. The deal is reportedly for one year and $1 million.

Boyes had 23 points in 65 games for the Buffalo Sabres last season. That followed a 21-game, 14-point season, his first in Buffalo.

His career-best season was in 2008-09, when he had 72 points (33 goals, 39 assists) for the St. Louis Blues.

Ray Whitney signs two-year deal with Stars

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 2:35 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Ray Whitney did his homework on the Dallas Stars before signing his two-year, $9 million contract with them.

In talking with Dallas-area reporters on a conference call, Whitney, who was joined in Dallas on Sunday by ex-Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome, mentioned the Stars' League-worst power play (13.5 percent) as well as how they were the one of the most penalized team in the NHL last season (4th most with 407 total penalties).

Whitney obviously knows the Stars since he played the last two seasons in the Pacific Division with the Phoenix Coyotes, so he also talked with some authority about a bunch of their high-end and still somewhat young players such as Jamie Benn, Phillip Larsen, Loui Eriksson and Alex Goligoski -- and how he sees himself fitting into that group at 40 years of age.

Staal, Corvo moves highlight busy day for Hurricanes

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 2:29 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The free-agent market wasn't even open for 90 minutes Sunday before Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford met the media in Raleigh to discuss all of his moves.

In addition to signing Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract extension, Rutherford announced that he had signed defenseman Joe Corvo to a one-year, $2 million contract with a no-movement clause, backup goalie Justin Peters to a two-year contract, and forward Brett Sutter to a one-year, two-way contract.

Rutherford also confirmed that he has been in contact with the agents for coveted unrestricted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

"They didn't tell us no right off the bat, and we're working through that process now," Rutherford said of the representatives for the two biggest catches in free agency. "But, as you know, as everybody knows, there's lots of other teams, too. But, it's kind of exciting for us because this is an off season for us where we're really into trying to get one of these big free agents and we hope we can get one of them."

Sharks land Burish with four-year deal

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 2:20 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks agreed to terms with free-agent forward Adam Burish on a four-year contract worth a reported $1.8 million per season.

Burish, who won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Stars. He is coming off a career year statistically with six goals and a personal-best 19 points in 65 games.

A ninth-round pick in the 2002 Draft, Burish is known more for his ability to get under opponents' skin. He averages more than a penalty minute per game and as a rookie in 2007-08 had 214 PIMs in 81 games.'s Free Agency Day Live Blog

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 9:20 AM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

This is's free agency blog, which will be updated throughout the day with the latest signings, rumors and information. If it has happened or is going to happen, this is the centralized location for all the big doings on the first day of free agency. The latest information will be at the top, and links to all the stories will provided as the day moves forward. Keep refreshing, as the news will be pouring in fast and furious.

Will Parise stay with Jersey?

6/1/12 9:20 a.m.

According to TSN's diligent reporters Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, Zach Parise could potentially skip going to unrestricted free agency at noon today altogether. They are reporting that this summer's top UFA will let Devils GM Lou Lamoriello know before 10 a.m. ET if he will accept the team's deal or stick his toes in the UFA waters, which are sure to be filled with riches we haven't seen during free agency in quite some time. Lamoriello was in Toronto, where Parise is planning on holding his meetings with potential suitors, last night to make one final pitch.

Parise has said all along he wants to stay in New Jersey, and this decision will likely be a great indicator if he'll do just that. Of course, he could decide in the next hour that he wants to test free agency then realize that the Devils are his best option and come back to them later. If you're having a hard time grasping what Parise is going through right now, imagine he has hit a bump in the road in a long-term relationship, and his girlfriend wants him to see what else is out there but has made it clear she wants to be together forever. Parise will be speed dating at his agent's office in Toronto with teams like the Penguins, Wild and Red Wings, seeing if anyone can win his heart. In the end, he will either decide the Devils were right for him all along, or wind up with someone new. There's no bigger story out there today than Parise and where ends up, which could be almost anywhere.

-- Dave Lozo

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