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NHL Free Agency 2013

Devils sign Jagr to help fill offensive void

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 3:58 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello made it official Tuesday when he announced the signing of veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr to a reported one-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but Sportsnet is reporting the contract will pay Jagr $2 million this season. If he plays in at least 45 games, he will earn an extra $2 million in bonus money.

Jagr, who admitted he showed interest in at least three other clubs, said less travel, a familiarity within the Eastern Conference, and an opportunity to play with the Devils were reasons he decided to sign. He'll wear jersey No. 68.

"I'm 41 years old and do not have many more options," Jagr said on a conference call. "Not many teams are looking for a forward my age, especially with the salary cap going down. My agent [Petr Svoboda] asked if I would be willing to play for New Jersey and I was. I talked to Lou even before [Ilya] Kovalchuk retired and after he retired.

"I felt it was even more important for me to play on the Devils roster [after Kovalchuk's NHL retirement]."

Kings, Lewis agree on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 11:38 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Los Angeles Kings avoided arbitration with center Trevor Lewis as the sides agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting it's worth $1.325 million.

The 26-year-old played in all 48 games for the Kings during the 2012-13 season, with five goals and 14 points. He had a goal and two assists in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A first-round pick by the Kings (No. 17) in the 2006 NHL Draft, Lewis has played in 203 games with the team over parts of five seasons, totaling 12 goals and 37 points. A member of the 2012 championship team, he has five goals and 16 points in 44 postseason games.

Sabres re-sign forward Adam, goalie Hackett

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 11:17 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Buffalo Sabres announced Tuesday they have re-signed forward Luke Adam and goaltender Matt Hackett each to a one-year contract. Financial details were not revealed.

Adam, a center from St. John's, Newfoundland, appeared in four games for the Sabres last season but enjoyed something of a breakout campaign in 2011-12. In 52 games with Buffalo that season, Adam led all Sabres rookies with 10 goals and 20 points. In 2012-13, he played 67 games for Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, with 15 goals and 37 points.

Jets, Little agree to terms on five-year contract

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 9:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Connor Mellas - Staff Writer

The Winnipeg Jets and center Bryan Little avoided arbitration Monday when the sides agreed to terms on a five-year, $23.5 million contract.

“I was pretty confident it would get done before arbitration, so I’m glad it did,” Little said during a conference call with reporters.

Little, a first-round pick (No. 12) in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, played in all 48 games last season and finished with seven goals and 32 points.

Maple Leafs, Gunnarsson agree to new contract

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 5:12 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, with the sides agreeing to terms on a three-year contract. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting it's worth $9.45 million.

The 26-year-old had one goal and 15 points in 37 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs in 2012-13 and an assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A seventh-round pick (No. 194) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Gunnarsson has 12 goals and 69 points in 224 games for the Maple Leafs.

Panthers sign Robak to two-year contract

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 4:26 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Florida Panthers on Monday announced the signing of defenseman Colby Robak to a two-year contract.

The 23-year-old played in 16 games for the Panthers during the 2012-13 season, recording his first NHL point on March 5 with an assist in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

A second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft (No. 46), the 6-foot-3, 194-pound blueliner had five goals and 23 points in 63 games with the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage.

Coyotes re-sign Rundblad to two-year contract

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:35 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Phoenix Coyotes on Monday announced the team has re-signed restricted free agent defenseman David Rundblad to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not released.

Rundblad had one assist and a minus-5 rating in eight games with the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound blueliner spent most of 2012-13 playing for the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League, where he had nine goals, 30 assists and a plus-8 rating in 50 games.

Selected by the St. Louis Blues with the 17th pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, Rundblad has one goal, seven assists and a minus-17 rating in 38 NHL games with the Coyotes and Ottawa Senators.

Senators sign Wiercioch to three-year contract

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 1:31 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Ottawa Senators on Monday announced the re-signing of 22-year-old defenseman Patrick Wiercioch to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not released.

Wiercioch had five goals, 14 assists and a plus-9 rating in 42 games with the Senators last season. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound blueliner ranked second among NHL rookie defensemen in scoring.

Gagner, Oilers reach deal, avoid arbitration

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 1:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday the club has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with restricted free agent center Sam Gagner. Financial details of the deal were not released, but TSN is reporting the total value at $14.4 million for an average annual value of $4.8 million. The contract reportedly includes a no-movement clause in the second season.

The deal avoids a salary-arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.

"It's nice to get something done," Gagner told Sportsnet. "I wanted to be an Oiler and to get something done. I'm pretty happy we were able to avoid going in there [arbitration hearing room] and getting a deal done. It's a good feeling."

Capitals sign Deschamps to one-year, two-way deal

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 12:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

The Washington Capitals on Monday announced the re-signing of forward Nicolas Deschamps to a one-year, two-way contract.

Deschamps, 23, recorded 10 goals, 23 points and 28 penalty minutes in 66 games with Hershey and Toronto last season in the American Hockey League. The Lasalle, Quebec, native finished the season with three goals and seven points in 16 games with Hershey after being acquired from Toronto for Kevin Marshall on March 14.

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