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Stars acquire Spezza from Senators, sign Hemsky

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 5:25 PM / News

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The Dallas Stars acquired center Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and agreed to terms with former Senators forward Ales Hemsky on a three-year contract Tuesday.

In exchange for Spezza, the Senators received forwards Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill, plus a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Stars also received forward Ludwig Karlsson.

The Stars also signed goaltender Anders Lindback and forward Patrick Eaves each to a one-year contract.

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Ehrhoff big haul as Penguins' roster has makeover

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 4:55 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins look drastically different than they did when Tuesday began after an active first day of free agency that was highlighted by the signing of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

The Penguins signed Ehrhoff to a one-year contract worth $4 million shortly after free agency began at noon ET. The 31-year-old defenseman became a free agent when he was bought out of the final seven years of his 10-year, $40 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

"Once he was bought out, of course he was going to get a lot of attention," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "I made the call, like I'm sure several other teams did. I just made him aware that we were interested. … He loved the opportunity to come with the Penguins. He just felt let's give it one-year try with a good team with a chance to win."

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Kings sign Cracknell, Van der Gulik for one year

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 4:54 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Los Angeles Kings signed right wing Adam Cracknell and left wing David Van der Gulik to one-year contracts Tuesday.

Cracknell, 28, had two assists in 19 regular-season games with the St. Louis Blues and one goal in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In parts of four seasons with the Blues, Cracknell had six goals and 16 points in 65 games.

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Engelland signs three-year contract with Flames

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 3:43 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Defenseman Deryk Engelland signed a three-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The team did not release financial terms, but TSN reported the contract carries an average annual value of $2.9 million.

Engelland, 32, had a career-best six goals in 56 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, and finished with 12 points and 58 penalty minutes. He was held without a point in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Del Zotto, Conacher join unrestricted free agents

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 3:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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There were a few extra players available Tuesday after some notable restricted free agents were not tendered a qualifying offer by his team. Those players became unrestricted free agents and do not require any compensation to sign a new contract.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who joined the Nashville Predators last season in a trade, is among them. Del Zotto was traded to Nashville by the New York Rangers on jan. 22.

The 24-year-old had three goals and 16 points in 67 games. He's had two strong offensive seasons in his five-year career but missed large parts of two because of injuries.

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Regin signs one-year contract to stay with Blackhawks

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 3:41 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed free-agent forward Peter Regin to a one-year contract Tuesday. Financial terms were not released.

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Hurricanes name Waddell president of GFS&E

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 2:38 PM / News

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday hired former Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell as president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment.

"Don is a very experienced and well-respected hockey executive," owner and CEO Peter Karmanos Jr. said in a statement. "He will bring a fresh approach to the business side of the Carolina Hurricanes."

Waddell, 55, comes to Carolina after spending the last three seasons as a professional scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Prior to joining the Penguins in January 2012, Waddell was GM of the Thrashers from the team's founding in 1998, until 2010 when he took the role of team president. He also served as interim coach on two occasions.

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Avalanche extend defenseman Holden, acquire Stuart

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 2:29 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Nick Holden to a three-year contract extension that will begin in 2015-16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In his first full NHL season, the 27-year-old scored 10 goals and 25 points in 54 games in 2013-14. Each total ranked second among Avalanche defenseman behind Tyson Barrie.

An undrafted free agent after playing with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League, Holden signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 and spent much of the next five seasons with their American Hockey League affiliates in Syracuse and Springfield. He was scoreless in seven games with Columbus split between the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.

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Red Wings re-sign Sheahan to two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 2:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014
The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday re-signed center Riley Sheahan to a two-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Red Wings, but multiple reports have the 22-year-old forward signing for $1.9 million over the two years.

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Jets sign Thorburn, Perreault to three-year contracts

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 1:46 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday signed forwards Mathieu Perreault and Chris Thorburn to three-year contracts.

Perreault's contract is worth $9 million and Thorburn receives $3.6 million.

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