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NHL Free Agency 2012

Langenbrunner returning to Blues with 1-year deal

Tuesday, 07.10.2012 / 3:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Jamie Langenbrunner had six goals for the St. Louis Blues last season, but as general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday, winning teams need more than just goal scorers.

Barret Jackman
Right Wing - STL
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 24
SOG: 127 | +/-: 7
Langenbrunner's experience and locker-room presence were major reasons the Blues have re-signed the 36-year-old right wing to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

"Bringing Jamie back was something we looked to do since the season ended," Armstrong said. "His work ethic and his professionalism and his ability to help a group trying to push a team to a new level was instrumental and we think he'll be a big piece of the puzzle going forward."

Langenbrunner was signed by Armstrong last summer to add veteran leadership to one of the League's younger teams. The result was one of the best seasons in Blues history as they won the Central Division for the first time since 1999-2000 and won a playoff series for the first time since 2002.

Wild coach Yeo excited about additions

Monday, 07.09.2012 / 5:33 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo has had plenty of offseason time to spend at his family's lakeside home in North Bay, Ontario. His dark tan is evidence of that.

But lately, Yeo has taken on a different summer glow.

After sitting on top of the NHL standings early last season, the Wild struggled down the stretch, finishing out of the playoffs in 12th place in the Western Conference.

Now, suddenly and without playing another game, Yeo jokes he's morphed into a better coach overnight. And who wouldn't be? With Zach Parise and Ryan Suter now in Minnesota, Yeo said he's spent hours at the drawing board thinking of ways to use his newest forward and defenseman.

"That's the fun part of the job," Yeo said.

Suter and Parise were officially introduced by the Wild on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. The free-agent duo signed matching 13-year, $98 million contracts to play together in Minnesota.

Suter, Parise receive official Wild welcome

Monday, 07.09.2012 / 5:11 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It's safe to say July has had its ups and downs for new Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

Obviously, the high of signing a new contract that will financially set up his family for the rest of their lives is a positive.

But, being the quiet and reserved person he is, Suter admits he has not enjoyed his time in the spotlight over the past week. It began July 1, when the NHL's free agency period opened and more than half the teams in the League started to pursue him.

It continued for three days while media -- and social media -- buzzed. Fans hung on every bit of information, with Suter headed for a new team seemingly every hour.

Finally, on July 4, Suter and top free-agent forward Zach Parise agreed to join the Wild together, ending perhaps the craziest 72-hour free-agent chase in League history.

Monday, Suter and Parise were introduced to The State of Hockey in front of a couple hundred people inside Gate 1 of the Xcel Energy Center. The setting made the Madison, Wis., native -- a man who spends the offseason secluded on a farm -- clearly uncomfortable.

Lightning sign Lindback to two-year deal

Friday, 07.06.2012 / 3:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday signed restricted free agent goaltender Anders Lindback to a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released, but the Tampa Bay Times reported Lindback will make $1.4 million in 2012-13 and $2.2 million in 2013-14.

Lindback, along with forward Kyle Wilson and a draft pick, was acquired by the Lightning from the Nashville Predators last month in exchange for goaltender Sebastien Caron and three draft picks.

"It was just a matter of time," Lindback told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm really happy with this deal and excited to get going."

Jackets sign Foligno to three-year deal

Friday, 07.06.2012 / 9:10 AM / NHL Free Agency 2012 Staff

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Nick Foligno to a three-year contract.

The three-year deal is worth approximately $9 million, according to reports. Foligno was dealt to Columbus by the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Marc Methot on July 1.

Foligno, who entered the off-season as a restricted free agent, has produced 61 goals, 148 points and 299 penalty minutes in 351 career NHL games with the Senators. In 2011-12, he set career highs with 32 assists, 47 points and 124 penalty minutes in 82 games. He notched a goal and four points  in seven games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Blues, Perron agree to four-year deal

Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 6:31 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

David Kalan - Staff Writer

Restricted free agent David Perron will be staying in St. Louis after signing a four-year deal with the Blues, the club announced Thursday. Financial terms have not been disclosed, but TSN's Darren Dreger reported the deal to be worth $15.25 million for an annual cap hit of $3.8125 million.

Perron, who has spent his entire five-season career with the Blues, had a solid 2011-12 campaign by scoring 21 goals and adding 21 assists in 57 regular season games, as well as a goal and four assists in nine games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite playing in fewer games than most of his teammates, Perron still finished fifth on the team in points and assists, and was a remarkably impressive second on the team in goals. That the Blues are willing to commit four years to Perron is both a sign of their confidence in his continued development and in his sustained health. Perron had missed the first 25 games of this past season -- and all but 10 games in 2010-11 -- as a result of concussion symptoms.

"We're excited to have David in the fold for the next four years," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement released by the club. "He made a great comeback by scoring 21 goals in 57 games. We're comfortable with his health, and we're confident that he will continue to build on his offense."

The new deal will keep Perron, 24, with the club until at least the 2015-16 season. In 292 NHL games, Perron has 74 goals and 99 assists and is a plus-45.

Jagr intends to help Stars get back to playoffs

Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 1:53 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Jaromir Jagr
Jaromir Jagr - 2011-12
Right Wing - DAL
GOALS: 19 | ASST: 35 | PTS: 54
SOG: 170 | +/-: 5

Jaromir Jagr admitted the Dallas Stars weren't the first team he thought he would sign with after the 2011-12 season ended, but he's happy to be the latest member of the team.

Jagr, to the surprise of many, signed a one-year, $4.55 million contract with the Stars on Tuesday.

"I want to play for a team that feels I can help them and that's the most important thing," Jagr said during a conference call with reporters Thursday. "I think I can play on the first two lines. That was always the most important thing for me. I don't want to be in the NHL to sit around. I want to be a big part of a new team."

Matt Carle signs with Lightning

Wednesday, 07.04.2012 / 10:02 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

The free-agent defenseman not named Ryan Suter has found a new home.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Matt Carle to a six-year contract Wednesday night, general manager Steve Yzerman announced via the team's Twitter account. The signing came less than 12 hours after Suter and forward Zach Parise, the two big names on this summer's NHL free-agent market, both signed with Minnesota.

Multiple media reports say the deal is worth a total of $33.5 million, with an average annual value of $5.5 million.

It's a return to Tampa Bay for Carle -- the Lightning dealt him to Philadelphia early in the 2008-09 season. He had three-plus productive seasons with the Flyers, putting up 40 points in 2010-11 and 38 points this past season.

Signings of Parise, Suter should heat up FA market

Wednesday, 07.04.2012 / 6:48 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

John Kreiser - Columnist

The free-agent market has been largely on hold for the past few days while teams waited to see where Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the two biggest names available this summer, would end up.

That decision was made Wednesday, when the two opted to sign identical 13-year contracts with the Minnesota Wild -- making this a July 4 that hockey fans will never forget. But there's still a whole summer in front of us, and the teams that didn't land Suter and Parise are still looking for help and have money to spend.

With the Parise/Suter signings done, here's a look at where the market is now:

Defensemen -- Just hours after Suter came off the market, he was followed by the next-best blueliner when Matt Carle, who had 38 points for the Flyers this past season, signed a six-year deal with Tampa Bay. The Alaska native spent the last four seasons in Philadelphia and reportedly enjoyed his time with the Flyers. But GM Paul Holmgren did not get him under contract before the Suter sweepstakes began, and the Lightning wasted little time swooping in after Suter opted to sign with the Wild.

Jets sign goaltender Al Montoya

Wednesday, 07.04.2012 / 5:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with goaltender Al Montoya on Wednesday. The team did not announce any terms, but reports that it's a one-year deal worth $601,000.

Montoya played in 31 games with the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season, going 9-11-5 with a 3.11 goals-against average and a save percentage of .893. He missed much of the second half of the season due to a concussion suffered when he was run over by Winnipeg forward Evander Kane in a game in mid-December.

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