The Tampa Bay Lightning and the rest of the Atlantic Division went shopping by the close of the first day of free agency. Along with the Bolts, the Florida Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres were some of the most active of the eight division opponents Tuesday.
Below provides a list of each of the Atlantic Division teams’ gains and losses during Day 1 of free agency:
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – The Bolts freed up cap space and earned three draft picks in 2015 by dealing forwards B.J. Crombeen, Teddy Purcell and Nate Thompson Sunday. They then used the extra money to sign New York Rangers teammates, blueliner Anton Stralman and center Brian Boyle, to multi-year contracts Tuesday. Anders Lindback also signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars leaving the Lightning temporarily without a backup goalie, but they signed veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov by the evening.
Other gains…F Mike Angelidis (re-signed), RW Mike Blunden…and losses… D Keith Aulie (signed with Edmonton Oilers), D Mike Kostka (signed with New York Rangers), LW P.C. Labrie (signed with Chicago Blackhawks).
BOSTON BRUINS – The Bruins lost the 17-year NHL veteran Jarome Iginla to the Colorado Avalanche. Boston did not have any additions to their lineup on Tuesday.
Other gains…NONE…and losses…D Andrej Meszaros, RW Shawn Thornton, G Chad Johnson, D Mike Moore
BUFFALO SABRES – Buffalo managed something rare, as left wing Matt Moulson returned to the team. Moulson was traded to the Sabres from the New York Islanders and played in 44 games with them this past season, before being traded again at the deadline to the Minnesota Wild. Brian Gionta, a native of Western, New York, also joins Buffalo.
Other gains…D Andrej Meszaros, C Cody McCormick, LW Marcus Foligno…and losses…LW Kevin Porter, D Christian Ehrhoff
DETROIT RED WINGS – It was speculated that Detroit reached out to Matt Niskanen, but he declined to talk with the Red Wings in favor of other interested parties. Niskanen was later signed by the Washington Capitals.
Other gains…D Kyle Quincey (re-signed), LW Kevin Porter…and losses…NONE.
FLORIDA PANTHERS – The Panthers added more than $15 million toward their salary cap in just 2014-15 alone and were one of the most active teams during the first day of free agency. Florida acquired six players Tuesday, including Jussi Jokinen and Dave Bolland.
Other gains…C Derek MacKenzie, G Al Montoya, RW Shawn Thornton, D Willie Mitchell…and losses…G Scott Clemmensen, D Tom Gilbert, C Jesse Winchester
MONTREAL CANADIENS – The Habs lost two notables from their lineup, which were major players during the 2013-14 postseason in captain Brian Gionta and trade deadline pick-up of Thomas Vanek.
Other gains…D Mike Weaver (re-signed), D Tom Gilbert, C Manny Malhotra, G Joey MacDonald…and losses…G Devan Dubnyk, RW Mike Blunden
OTTAWA SENATORS – Along with Detroit, the Senators were the least active team within the Atlantic Division, only re-signing winger Milan Michalek. They also lost forward Jason Spezza, who was traded to the Dallas Stars with one year left on his contract.
Other gains…NONE…and losses…Ales Hemsky.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – The Maple Leafs let go of Dave Bolland in favor of division rival Florida and also lost T.J. Brennan.
Other gains…LW Leo Komarov (re-signed), D Stephane Robidas…and losses…G Drew MacIntyre, LW Mason Raymond