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NHL Free Agent Tracker

Complete list of signings by team, available players

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One-stop shop for a comprehensive list of all 2017 NHL free agents and signings, including stories and analysis.

NOTE: Some of these players may have recently signed with their respective club; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.

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Penguins 'will be in that mix' for Butcher: report

Free agent defenseman talks to five teams; Kerfoot meets with Canucks

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have interest in defenseman Will Butcher, who became a free agent Wednesday and has talked to five NHL teams.

"A player like that's going to have several teams in that same category," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told the Post-Gazette on Wednesday. "We will be in that mix with other teams."

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Draisaitl signs eight-year contract with Oilers

21-year-old forward's deal has average annual value of $8.5 million

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Leon Draisaitl signed an eight-year, $68 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

"For me, it was never a question of going anywhere else or signing anywhere else," the 21-year-old forward said. "That never even crossed my mind. I wanted to stay in Edmonton, I feel very comfortable there. I think we have a great group of guys and we're building something special."

Draisaitl was a restricted free agent. The contract, which has an average annual value of $8.5 million, runs through the 2024-25 season.

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Cullen says this season with Wild 'probably' end of NHL career

Minnesota native, 40, signs one-year contract to play near family

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Matt Cullen was barely five minutes into the media conference call Wednesday to discuss his decision to come back for another NHL season, and return to his home state to play for the Minnesota Wild, when the inevitable question came.

Will this be the center's final season?

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Cullen agrees to one-year contract with Wild

40-year-old center is Minnesota native, has won Stanley Cup three times in 19 seasons

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

Center Matt Cullen, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Cullen also can earn $700,000 in potential bonuses.

Cullen, 40, had 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping Pittsburgh win the Cup for the second straight season.

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Blue Jackets center Wennberg not worried about contract situation

Restricted free agent believes 'eventually it's going to work out'

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

STOCKHOLM -- If Alexander Wennberg had his choice, he would have agreed to a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets already. But the restricted free agent center said he's not worried about whether that will happen in time for the start of training camp in September.

"Eventually it's going to work out," Wennberg said during the European Player Media Tour on Thursday. "Even though I have to wait a little longer than expected, that's a part of it. But you can't really let that get to your head. Right now, I'm focusing on training and focusing on [this] season and it's going to work out. Time will tell. I'm not too stressed out about it either."

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Barkov hopes Jagr continues playing

Panthers center credits former teammate, unrestricted free agent for growth as NHL player

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

STOCKHOLM -- Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov was hoping he would get to play with forward Jaromir Jagr again this season.

Now he just wants to see Jagr get a chance to play anywhere.

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Pastrnak focused on season, not contract with Bruins

Restricted free agent forward expects 'bright future' with Boston

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STOCKHOLM -- Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak remains a restricted free agent and doesn't know when he will sign a contract, but that hasn't distracted him from his offseason training program.

"I'm just waiting, leaving it all to my agent [J.P. Barry] to communicate with them," Pastrnak, 21, said during the European Player Media Tour on Thursday. "I'm just focusing on getting ready for next season.

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Jagr 'didn't expect it would be so hard to get job in NHL'

Second-leading scorer in League history remains free agent

by Michael Langr / NHL.com Correspondent

BRNO, Czech Republic -- Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday he wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to sign with an NHL team this offseason.

"The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in the Czech Republic's second-tier professional league. "No, really, I don't have a clue. I leave it all on my agent [Petr Svoboda]. There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet."

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Schmidt awarded two-year contract with Golden Knights

Defenseman gets $4.45 million, had only arbitrator-settled case in NHL this offseason

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Defenseman Nate Schmidt signed a two-year, $4.45 million contract (average annual value $2.225 million) with the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. 

Schmidt, a restricted free agent, was awarded the contract after an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Thursday. He reportedly asked for a one-year, $2.75 million contract, and the Golden Knights submitted a two-year proposal worth $950,000 per season.

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