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NHL Free Agency 2013

Blackhawks sign Khabibulin to one-year deal

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 9:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday they have agreed to terms with goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Khabibulin previously spent four seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005-09, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference Final. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Edmonton Oilers, going 4-6-1 with one shutout, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 12 appearances.

The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has a career record of 332-334-58-38 with 46 shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 795 games over a 17-season NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago and Edmonton. He has posted at least 20 wins in a season 10 times.

Ference returns to roots, signs deal with Oilers

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 9:19 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Andrew Ference needed a new home in the NHL. He found it in a familiar city.

Ference has signed a four-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, his hometown team, it announced Friday. The contract reportedly is worth $13 million and carries a $3.25 million annual salary-cap charge.

Ference and his wife, Krista, are from the Edmonton area.

"Obviously, I've got the nostalgia, but I'm just excited about the situation they have now with the talent, a new coach, a new attitude," Ference told TSN. "It's going to be good."

Iginla signs one-year, $6M deal with Bruins

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:46 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Forward Jarome Iginla has agreed to a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins, the team announced Friday.

Iginla's base salary is $1.8 million and the contract carries incentives of $4.2 million for an annual salary-cap figure of $6 million.

The veteran right wing, who turned 36 Monday, declined a trade from the Calgary Flames to the Bruins in April, instead accepting a deal to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Devils fill holes with forwards Clowe, Ryder

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The New Jersey Devils were busy within the first several hours of the NHL free-agent signing period and wound up with three forwards, including two who could play in their top six.

The Devils signed left wing Ryane Clowe to a five-year contract reportedly worth $24.25 million and right wing Michael Ryder to a two-year contract reportedly worth $7 million. New Jersey also signed wing Rostislav Olesz to a one-year contract reportedly worth $1 million.

According to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, the move to sign Clowe became necessary when right wing David Clarkson signed a seven-year deal reportedly worth $36.75 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"In my opinion, we had to fill that void [that Clarkson left]," Lamoriello told "[Clowe is] a player who could play in the top six and has good size and strength. He makes everybody a little taller."

Red Wings have options with Alfredsson, Weiss

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock occasionally finds himself jotting down line combinations on napkins during the lazy summer days he spends at his lake house in Saskatchewan. He's a fan of the two new names he can now write into his top six.

The Red Wings on Friday signed 40-year-old right wing Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract reportedly worth $5.5 million and 30-year-old center Stephen Weiss to a five-year contract reportedly worth $24.5 million.

Alfredsson had spent his entire 18-year career with the Ottawa Senators, including the past 14 as captain. Weiss had played only for the Florida Panthers since entering the NHL in 2002. Combined, the two newest Red Wings have 1,502 points in 1,832 regular-season games. Alfredsson accounts for 1,108 of those points and 1,178 of the games.

"We wanted to get more scoring to our team. I felt we were challenged last year to score some goals," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "Daniel has been a tremendous scorer, one of the great scorers in the National Hockey League. Stephen Weiss has been one of the tremendous playmakers down in Florida. We're adding a playmaker and a scorer, and I think Daniel can also make plays and Stephen can score some goals."

Scuderi returning to Penguins on four-year contract

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:11 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- For Pittsburgh Penguins fans who fret over how recent multiyear signings have gotten their team perilously close to the NHL salary cap in future seasons, general manager Ray Shero has a message for you: don't.

After all, Shero says he's not worried.

On a day when the Penguins announced the signing of defenseman Rob Scuderi to a four-year, $13.5 million contract and the re-signing of veteran forward Craig Adams to a two-year, $1.4 million deal, Shero brushed off concerns that Pittsburgh has little maneuverability under the cap.

"I never look at it that way, honestly," Shero said of approaching the salary caps of 2014-15 and beyond. "All the time I hear it brought up, but I never look at it that way.

"We have a 23- or 22-man roster, and there's decisions we have to make all the time in terms of the cap and we do know it will be $64.3 (million), at least, now and maybe it's going to go up. And if it does, we'll make certain adjustments."

Red Wings sign Weiss to five-year deal

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Detroit Red Wings made the first splash Friday by signing former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract. A little more than two hours into the free-agent signing period, the Red Wings struck again, agreeing to a five-year contract with center Stephen Weiss that carries a $4.9 million salary-cap charge.

Weiss, 30, joins a stable of centers in Detroit that includes Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Joakim Andersson and Darren Helm. It's likely that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. However, the addition of Weiss means Babcock can attempt to play Zetterberg and Datsyuk on the same line.

"I think when you look at Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk and when coach said he wanted to put those two together and have me in the two spot it’s pretty exciting," Weiss told the Red Wings website. "Getting a chance to play with those two players and learn from them, those are two of the top [forwards] in the game and see what they do on a daily basis and try and get better as a player."

Ribeiro signs four-year deal with Coyotes

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 7:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Mike Ribeiro admitted Friday his first choice would have been to stay with the Washington Capitals, but when he realized that wasn't going to be a possibility, he turned to what he believed was the best option for him.

Ribeiro, one of the top centers available on the NHL free-agent market, signed a four-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Financial terms of the deal were not released, but TSN reported its total value at $22 million.

The deal reunites Ribeiro with coach Dave Tippett. Ribeiro spent three seasons (2006-09) playing for Tippett as a member of the Dallas Stars and said the chance to play for him again was a huge reason the Coyotes were at the top of his list.

Predators add skill, grit with four new forwards

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 7:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

John Manasso - Correspondent

Without breaking the bank, the Nashville Predators turned over one-third of their forwards Friday, adding offense with Viktor Stalberg and Matt Cullen and grit with Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom.

Coming off the second season in the past nine in which they did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Predators management clearly was unsatisfied and sought to revert to what it considers its traditional core -- "Predator hockey" -- to be.

Injuries, along with underperformance from several players, some of whom the team has let go (most notably left wing Sergei Kostitsyn, who scored three goals last season after leading the team in 2010-11) caused Nashville to finish with the NHL's fourth-worst record. (Predators general manager David Poile said Friday that Kostitsyn's contract was terminated after he passed through waivers and the player has signed in the Kontinental Hockey League.)

"We all feel we lost a little bit of the -- not hard work -- but hardness," Poile said. "We lost a little bit along the way. We got it back today."

Rangers sign Moore, Pouliot to one-year deals

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 7:04 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The New York Rangers on Friday signed forward Dominic Moore to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but the New York Post reported the value of the contract at $1 million.

Moore, 32, sat out the 2012-13 season to care for his wife, who had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in the spring of 2012. She died Jan. 7.

He split 2011-12 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks, totaling four goals and 25 points in 79 games.

Chosen by the Rangers in the third round (No. 95) of the 2000 NHL Draft, Moore has played 530 games with nine teams, but the Rangers will be the first team he's played with for a second time. In addition to New York, he's played with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Lightning and Sharks.

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