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NHL Free Agency 2013

Jets avoid arbitration, re-sign Tangradi

Tuesday, 07.16.2013 / 1:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Winnipeg Jets forward Eric Tangradi agreed to terms on a new contract Tuesday to avoid going to a salary arbitration hearing that was scheduled for July 23. The terms of Tangradi's new contract have not been disclosed, but CBC reported it to be a two-year, $1.35 million deal.

Tangradi, 24, had four points in 36 games with the Jets last season. He has nine points in 81 NHL games, including his first 45 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jets forwards Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, along with defensemen Paul Postma and Zach Bogosian, still are scheduled for salary arbitration hearings.

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Panthers sign Markstrom to two-year deal

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 4:54 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The Florida Panthers on Monday signed restricted free-agent goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a new two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

A 2008 second-round pick, Markstrom went 8-14-1 in 23 games last season, with a 3.22 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. It was Markstrom's most extensive NHL time, after seeing action in eight games the previous two seasons.

With Jose Theodore an unrestricted free agent, Markstrom will share the net with veteran Scott Clemmensen this season.

Markstrom, 23, was the second young player to sign with the Panthers on Monday. Earlier, the team signed 2013 first-round pick Aleksander Barkov to a three-year, entry-level contract. The expectation is for the Panthers to be a far younger team this season, with Markstrom and Barkov playing big roles as part of that group.

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Report: Smith, Red Wings reach deal

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 3:45 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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TSN reported Monday the Detroit Red Wings avoided salary arbitration with restricted free-agent defenseman Brendan Smith, as the sides agreed to a two-year, $2.525 million contract. According to the report, Smith will make $1.25 million in 2013-14 and $1.275 million in 2014-15.

Smith, 24, had eight points in 34 regular-season games while averaging 18:24 of ice time per game. He was better in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading the team's defensemen with five points in 14 games.

He had two goals, including the game-winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Islanders agree to terms on five-year deal for Bailey

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 12:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The New York Islanders on Monday agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Josh Bailey on a new five-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released, but ESPN.com reported the total value of the deal at $16.5 million.

"Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement announcing the move. "We're excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders."

Bailey, 23, had 11 goals and eight assists in 38 games last season, and joined with Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo to the give Islanders a potent second line behind the team's top trio of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes.

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Kings sign Martinez to two-year deal

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 11:42 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The Los Angeles Kings on Monday announced the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent defenseman Alec Martinez. Terms of the deal were not released.

Martinez, 25, had one goal and four assists in 27 games with the Kings last season. He also had two assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A 2007 fourth-round draft pick by the Kings, Martinez has 12 goals and 33 points in 142 games, all with the Kings.

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Ribeiro should fill Coyotes' void at center

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 10:45 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It has been the missing piece for the Phoenix Coyotes for a decade or more, and perhaps the single biggest obstacle to coach Dave Tippett's attempt to bring a legitimate Stanley Cup contender to Arizona.

Wanted: A legitimate, playmaking, No. 1 center. A give-and-go partner for Shane Doan who can put the puck on net for his crease crashes. A distributor and scorer who can lift an anemic power play back to at least pedestrian status.

From Martin Hanzal to Daymond Langkow to Matthew Lombardi to Kyle Turris to Antoine Vermette, the Coyotes have pounded a series of square pegs into a critical round hole, keeping their fingers crossed that production by committee would make up for the absence of a top-tier pivot.

But like the Coyotes jersey that slipped over Mike Ribeiro's shoulders at a press conference Friday, Phoenix is hopeful the 33-year-old is finally the perfect fit, not only a player who will bring out the best in wings Mikkel Boedker and Doan, but one who will allow Hanzal and Vermette to settle into more comfortable roles. The Coyotes are investing $22 million over four years with hope that Ribeiro, who had 67 goals and 220 points in three seasons playing for Tippett with the Dallas Stars (2006-09), still has plenty left to turn a reunion into a return to the postseason -- and more -- for the Coyotes.

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Penguins re-sign forward Zolnierczyk

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 9:11 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. It is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

Zolnierczyk, 25, was acquired by the Penguins from the Anaheim Ducks on June 24. He played in seven games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, with one assist and 36 penalty minutes.

He also played in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals, collecting 11 goals and 19 points with 68 penalty minutes in 61 games.

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Wild agree with defensemen Blum, Landry

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 6:47 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The Minnesota Wild on Friday agreed to terms with defensemen Jonathon Blum and Jon Landry each on a one-year, two-way contract.

Blum, 24, had seven points (one goal) in 35 games with the Nashville Predators last season, and 12 points (one goal) in 34 games with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL).

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound California native has 22 points (seven goals) in 91 NHL games during three seasons with the Predators. He was selected by Nashville in the first-round (No. 23) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Blackhawks, Kruger agree to two-year contract

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 5:54 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Marcus Kruger on a two-year contract, the team announced Friday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Kruger, 23, was a restricted free agent and the last key player left unsigned for the Stanley Cup champions from their title run. He had four goals and 13 points in 47 games during the regular season and settled into a role on the fourth line and as one of the team's top two forwards on the penalty kill.

"We've always liked Kruger," coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Tribune. "He complements the way you like your group to play. He adds speed, he adds purpose. He really enhanced our penalty killing to a different level this year. He was very instrumental is taking leadership and ownership of being a part of that group. [That's] something that definitely flies under the radar. Zero maintenance. You appreciate how he competes every game and [for] every puck. Exactly how you want a guy to play."

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Senators sign Condra to two-year contract

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 5:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The Ottawa Senators announced Friday they have signed forward Erik Condra to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but Canadian Press reported it to be worth a total of $2.5 million.

Condra, a restricted free agent, had been eligible for arbitration.

"It's great to get Erik signed; we got him done to a two-year deal so it gives him a bit of a future and more time to improve his game," Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray told the team's website. "He's an important part of our penalty kill, obviously. We were one of the top teams on the PK, and he had the most minutes on our team, so that's a big part of our game and a big part of his game. We hope we can keep helping him improve his offensive game and that he can be around for a while."

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after their 4-3 OT win vs. Pittsburgh in Game 2, the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory