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NHL Free Agency 2011

Devils, Parise agree to one-year contract

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 9:20 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Associated Press

The New Jersey Devils have signed star forward Zach Parise to a one-year deal for $6 million, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

That deal assures that Parise, making his way back from a serious knee injury, is in the fold for the upcoming 2011-12 season and GM Lou Lamoriello told the Bergen Record that the sides will continue to endeavor to get the first-line winger signed to a long-term deal.

Parise earned $5 million last season, a year in which he was limited to 13 games and 3 goals by a knee injury that required surgery. He had been the catalyst of the Devils' offense the previous four seasons, scoring 146 goals.

Canucks avoid arbitration, sign Hansen

Thursday, 07.28.2011 / 3:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Vancouver Canucks and forward Jannik Hansen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year contract.

Hansen had a career-best 29 points while playing all 82 games last season, and his 9 goals tied a career-best. He also was second on the team with 149 hits and third among the team's forwards with an average of 2:24 per game in shorthanded ice time.

Report: Emery to go to training camp with Blackhawks

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 9:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Ray Emery reportedly will have a chance to earn a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in training camp.

The goaltender's agent told on Thursday that Emery will go to camp with the Hawks in September on a tryout basis. Agent J.P. Barry told the site that Chicago will have until Oct. 1 to sign Emery or release him.

Emery, 28, is an unrestricted free agent who recovered from major hip surgery in 2009-10. He played well down the stretch for the Anaheim Ducks last season after Jonas Hiller was sidelined with vertigo.

"He's been training every day still with his trainer Matt Nichol," Barry told "He's had a complete 100 percent recovery".

Rangers sign Callahan to 3-year deal

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 3:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers avoided going to arbitration by coming to terms on a three-year contract Wednesday.

Several reports indicate the total value of the contract is slightly less than $13 million.

Callahan was a restricted free agent, with his arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday. Just like teammate Brandon Dubinsky, who agreed to a four-year contract last week just hours before he was set to have his case heard by an arbitrator, Callahan hammered out a long-term deal.

Pens sign Jason Williams to two-way deal

Tuesday, 07.26.2011 / 2:59 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

The Pittsburgh Penguins added forward depth Tuesday with the signing of veteran Jason Williams to a one-year contract.

Williams, 30, agreed to a two-way deal that is worth $600,000 at the NHL level. He finished last season with Dallas, posting 2 goals and 5 points in 27 games, after spending two months playing in the AHL for the Connecticut Whale.

An undrafted free agent, Williams broke into the NHL with Detroit in 2000-01 and was part of the Red Wings' championship team the following season. His best season came in 2005-06 when he posted 21 goals and 58 points in 80 games.

Williams has also played for Chicago, Atlanta and Columbus while returning briefly for a second stint in Detroit. For his career, he has 93 goals and 225 points in 447 games.

Canucks sign Byron Bitz

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 6:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent right wing Byron Bitz on Monday. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Bitz, 27, missed all of last season recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia. In 2009-10, he had 5 goals and 6 assists in 52 games split between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers.

In 87 games with the Bruins and Panthers, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has 9 goals, 9 assists and 51 penalty minutes.

Six players remain for arbitration hearings

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 1:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

What's a fair price for a 48-point scoring, 26-year-old alternate captain? The New York Rangers are about to find out.

Ryan Callahan, New York's hardworking right wing and a locker-room leader, has a salary arbitration hearing Thursday to determine a new contract for the 2011-12 season -- and possibly beyond. He kicks off a list of six restricted free agents who have yet to work out new deals with their respective clubs.

Vancouver's Jannik Hansen is second on the list with a hearing on Friday. The 25-year-old winger is no stranger to arbitration -- he and team brass attended a hearing last summer and Hansen was awarded a one-year, $825,000 contract. He proved his worth by posting the best season of his career in 2010-11, totaling 9 goals, 20 assists and a plus-13 rating in 82 games for the Canucks. He also had 9 points in 25 games in Vancouver's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Eminger re-signs with Rangers

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 12:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Steve Eminger will be staying in New York.

The Ranges announced Monday that they have agreed to terms on a new deal for the 27-year-old defenseman. Eminger skated in 65 games with New York last season, tallying 2 goals and 4 assists. He also had 22 penalty minutes and ranked third on the club with 101 blocked shots.

Intriguing names remaining on the FA list

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 12:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

As July slowly creeps toward August, the work of the National Hockey League slowly is revving its way to full speed for another season.

For players, that means returning to their home cities and scraping away the offseason rust. For coaches, it's time to break out the playbook and start drawing up drills and line combinations.

For general managers, however, their work is never really done. There's always some tinkering of the roster, and player evaluation is a 365-day-per-year process. And just like most years, there remain players on the open market as training camps loom ever closer.

The list of remaining free agents includes future Hall of Famers, former All-Stars, team captains and Stanley Cup winners.

Blue Jackets sign Prospal to one-year deal

Saturday, 07.23.2011 / 1:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011
Vinny Prospal has found a new home.

Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson announced via Twitter that the club signed the 36-year-old center on Saturday. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting the one-year deal is worth $1.75 million, plus bonuses.
Prospal spent the past two seasons with the New York Rangers. Injuries limited him to just 29 games in 2010-11, but he tallied 9 goals and 14 assists during that span.

A former third-round draft choice (No. 71 in 1993) of the Philadelphia Flyers, Prospal has 227 goals and 453 assists in 978 NHL games. He also has 10 goals and 25 assists in 65 playoff matches.
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