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NHL Free Agency 2013

Corvo returns to Ottawa on one-year deal

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 12:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Joe Corvo.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported the deal is worth $900,000. Corvo, 36, played for the Senators for parts of two seasons from 2006-08. He was with the team when Ottawa reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Corvo had six goals and 17 points this past season for the Carolina Hurricanes. He has 89 goals and 300 points in 683 career games. He has reached double digits in goals three times, including 14 in both 2005-06 and 2008-09.

Rangers, McDonagh agree to terms on new contract

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 11:15 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The New York Rangers took care of one of their own Monday by agreeing to terms with 24-year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh, reportedly on a six-year contract worth $28.2 million. McDonagh, whose new contract reportedly carries a salary-cap charge of $4.7 million, was a restricted free agent.

McDonagh has become one of the Rangers best defenseman over the past two and a half seasons and is a fixture on the top pair with Dan Girardi. He had 19 points and a plus-13 rating and was second on the team in ice time behind Girardi in 2012-13. He played nearly 26 minutes per game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and was starting to get more time on the power play as well.

McDonagh, who had 32 points in 82 games in the 2011-12 season, will likely become a regular on the power play under new coach Alain Vigneault.

Ducks re-sign forward Beleskey to two-year extension

Sunday, 07.07.2013 / 8:46 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Anaheim Ducks announced Sunday that they have re-signed forward Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension. The club did not reveal financial details of the deal, but Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reported that the deal is worth $2.7 million.

A restricted free agent entering this summer, Beleskey led the Ducks with 103 hits in 2012-13 and ranked second on the team with 56 penalty minutes. In 209 career games, he has 26 goals and 56 points.

"I'm really excited," Beleskey told the team's website. "Being back with the Ducks for another two years was exactly what I wanted to do, and I'm just looking forward to being in Anaheim for the next few years. I didn't really want to go anywhere else, and it worked out the best way possible."

Blue Jackets sign Skille, St. Denis

Sunday, 07.07.2013 / 8:16 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Columbus Blue Jackets made two signings Sunday, agreeing to terms on forward Jack Skille and defenseman Frédéric St. Denis on one-year, two-way contracts.

Skille, 26, was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (No. 7) of the 2005 NHL Draft. He has 20 goals, 29 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 178 NHL career games with the Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Skille went 3-9-12 with 96 hits and 11 penalty minutes in 40 games for Florida in 2012-13.

Western Conference team-by-team moves

Sunday, 07.07.2013 / 4:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

The first two days of NHL free agency have come and gone, and nearly every team in the League has undergone changes -- some significant, others less so.

Here's a team-by-team look at what has transpired in the Western Conference and which key unrestricted free agents are still searching for a home for the 2013-14 season:


Say hello to: RW Jakob Silfverberg, RW Stefan Noesen, C Saku Koivu (re-signed), F Matt Beleskey (re-signed)

Say goodbye to: LW Bobby Ryan, D Nate Guenin

Still shopping: RW Radek Dvorak, D Jordan Hendry, C Matthew Lombardi, D Toni Lydman, RW Teemu Selanne, C David Steckel

Skinny: Trading Ryan obviously signals a significant shift for the organization. If Selanne returns for another year, the Ducks will still have three great offensive forwards (with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry), but how well Silfverberg can replace Ryan remains to be seen. There are other young forwards -- Emerson Etem in particular -- who could be ready for a top-six role. If Lydman doesn't return, Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm locking down a regular spot on defense would help. If general manager Bob Murray looks to make another trade, there is goaltending depth with elite prospect and American World Junior hero John Gibson on the way. The Ducks also brought back one of their most versatile players when they re-signed forward Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension.

Blues agree with Derek Roy on one-year deal

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 9:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The St. Louis Blues announced Saturday they have agreed in principle on a one-year, $4 million contract with free-agent center Derek Roy, pending a physical exam.

"Proud to part of the St Louis Blues organization. Excited to get started," Roy said via his Twitter feed.

Roy, 30, split the 2012-13 season between the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

Lightning aren't asking Filppula to replace Lecavalier

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 8:59 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman used words to describe newly signed Valtteri Filppula that also could be used on former captain Vincent Lecavalier.

"High-character guy, he's a Stanley Cup winner."

But Yzerman on Saturday was quick to say Filppula was not given a five-year contract to leave the Detroit Red Wings and simply replace Lecavalier, who was let go via compliance buyout last week after 14 seasons with the Lightning that included the 2004 Stanley Cup.

"He's completely different than Vinny, [a] totally different type of player," Yzerman said. "Vinny was a No. 1 pick overall in the draft.

Eastern Conference team-by-team moves

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 8:31 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

The first two days of NHL free agency have come and gone, and nearly every team in the League has undergone changes, some significant and others less so.

Here's a team-by-team look at what has transpired in the Eastern Conference and which key unrestricted free agents are still searching for a home for the 2013-14 season:

Canucks sign center Santorelli

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 6:58 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Vancouver Canucks on Saturday signed unrestricted free-agent center Mike Santorelli. No terms were disclosed.

Santorelli, 27, split the 2012-13 season among the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League and Tingsryds AIF in Sweden. He had three points (two goals) in 24 games with the Panthers and one assist in 10 games with the Jets after being claimed on waivers in April.

Lecavalier lands with Flyers after whirlwind week

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 4:22 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Vincent Lecavalier was part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for 14 years, and that relationship ended in less than a week.

Free to choose a new NHL home, Lecavalier needed little more than a long weekend to decide on the Philadelphia Flyers.

"[I was] part of an organization for 14 years, so it was a tough few days, but after I talked to [coach Peter Laviolette] and [general manager Paul Holmgren], I really liked what they had to say and where the organization is going," Lecavalier said Saturday, when the Flyers officially announced they had signed the veteran forward.

A No. 1 draft pick, Stanley Cup champion, captain, and admired member of the Tampa Bay community, Lecavalier at first found it difficult to become a compliance buyout.

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