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Jets, defenseman Pardy agree to one-year deal

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:12 PM / News

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The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Pardy on a one-year contract worth $700,000.

Pardy, 30, had six assists in 60 games last season for the Jets.

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Mitchell, Salo among remaining UFA defensemen

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 10:00 AM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The market for defensemen eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1 has looked thin on paper since the end of the season, and became even thinner when Andrei Markov was taken off the board earlier this week with a new three-year contract from the Montreal Canadiens.

However, teams shopping for defensemen should still be able to find a few gems, a couple of first-time UFAs still on the right side of 30 and several veterans who could fill in depth roles and play valuable minutes next season.

Matt Niskanen headlines the gems and likely will get a big payday based on how he played last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anton Stralman could rival Niskanen for value if he continues to play the way he did for the New York Rangers this season.

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Brodeur's future among top free-agent questions

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The wooing period is almost over. A lot of money is about to change hands.

Unrestricted free agents can start fielding official contract offers from NHL teams at noon ET July 1. If history is a guide, many of them will do quite well.

In preparation for the frenzy that is the NHL free-agent market, here are nine questions that likely will be answered in the coming days. The answers will shape the future of many players and teams.

1. Is there a market for Martin Brodeur?

The answer is probably yes, but it's thin and the 42-year-old goaltender won't get what he wants, which is a promise for playing time on a Cup-contending team. If Brodeur signs anywhere it will be as a backup. He had a .901 save percentage last season and hasn't been better than .908 since 2009-10.

It would be a shock if he re-signs with the New Jersey Devils. They realize it's time to move on without him and make Cory Schneider the unquestioned No. 1 goalie. Brodeur has said he doesn't want to stand in the way of that.

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Gagner with Coyotes after trades; Oilers get Purcell

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:59 AM / News

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Forward Sam Gagner was traded twice Sunday, winding up with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes acquired the center and right wing B.J. Crombeen from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Tampa Bay earlier obtained Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for right wing Teddy Purcell.

"It's been a roller coaster of emotions," Gagner said, according to The Canadian Press. "I was talking to my agent, and he had said when Tampa [Bay] traded for me that there might be something else going on. So it was something that I was prepared for. I wasn't really expecting to be traded (again) today."

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Lightning trade three forwards, get draft picks

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:08 AM / News

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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday traded three forwards from their roster and acquired three later-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Wild contact Iginla, meet with Vanek: report

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 7:55 PM / News

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The Minnesota Wild have been in contact with pending free-agent forward Jarome Iginla and will meet with forward Thomas Vanek, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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Capitals will keep Ovechkin at right wing: report

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 5:09 PM / News

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will start training camp as a right wing, but coach Barry Trotz said he could switch sides again while trying to get the NHL's leading goal-scorer to improve.

"Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz told CSN Washington on Saturday at the 2014 NHL Draft. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you're standing still, you're really easy to cover."

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Sabres use compliance buyout on Christian Ehrhoff

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 11:53 AM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres have used their second compliance buyout on defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, the team confirmed via its Twitter account Sunday.

Ehrhoff, who turns 32 on July 6, had seven years left on a 10-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2011 with an average NHL salary-cap charge of $4 million. That summer the Sabres also signed forward Ville Leino for six years and $27 million; Buffalo used its first compliance buyout on Leino on June 18.

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We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday