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NHL Free Agency Notebook

Jul 1, 2010 – 12:13 PM
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Bruce Ciskie

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FanHouse is keeping you updated on all the player movement. Free agency is indeed under way, so check back for regular updates on signings. For updates on the top free agents available, click here. We'll be updating the less notable signings in this space.

-- Dallas signed winger Andrew Ladd, a member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team, to a two-year, $2.3 million deal.

-- The Stars, who decided not to re-sign goalie Marty Turco, also added netminder Andrew Raycroft, Roberto Luongo's backup in Vancouver last season.

-- The Anaheim Ducks re-signed Saku Koivu to a two-year deal, keeping the veteran with the club after he scored 19 goals in 71 games with the club last year.

-- The Devils have added Johan Hedberg to back up Martin Brodeur, signing the former Thrasher to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

-- Former Florida and Pittsburgh defenseman Jordan Leopold is heading to Buffalo. The Sabres gave him a three-year deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

-- TSN's Darren Dreger reports the New York Rangers signed forward Vinny Prospal to a one-year deal.

-- The Edmonton Oilers signed Kurtis Foster to a two-year, $3.6 million deal according to TSN, which is a nice upgrade from the $600,000 he made in Tampa Bay last year. A Masterson finalist after coming back from an ugly leg injury, he was actually the second-highest scoring defenseman available, coming off a seven-goal, 34-assist season with the Lightning.

-- TSN's Darren Dreger reports popular Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard has moved on to the New York Rangers. Michael Russo tweets the deal is apparently worth $1.65 million per season for four years.

-- Former Rangers backup goalie Alex Auld has agreed to a one-year deal with Montreal, according to TSN. The contract is worth $1 million.

-- Alex Steen and the Blues have agreed on a four-year extension. Steen, 26 years old, is coming off his best season, a 24-goal campaign.

-- The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Anton Babchuk to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. Babchuk returns to the Hurricanes after spending a year in the KHL.

-- Former New York Rangers enforcer Jody Shelley has agreed to a three-year, $3.3 million deal in Philadelphia, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

-- The New York Rangers opened free agency by adding a goalie to back up Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers agreed to a two-year deal with former Flyers and Islanders goalie Martin Biron. He didn't play much for the Islanders last season, and Biron's numbers -- 9-14-4, 3.27 goals against, .896 save percentage -- weren't terribly impressive. He'll have to step up now that he's backing up one of the best goalies on the planet.

-- Boston has re-signed forward Daniel Paille. TSN reports the deal is worth $2.5 million over two years. Paille had 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 76 games for the Bruins last season.

-- Forward Erik Christensen has a new two-year deal with the New York Rangers. He scored eight goals and tallied 26 points in 48 games for New York. The Rangers are the fourth team Christiansen, 26, has played on since starting his NHL career after the lockout ended.

-- Philadelphia re-signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a two-year deal. The restricted free agent will count for $3.2 million on the salary cap over the two years. Coburn scored five goals and had 19 points in the regular season for Philadelphia.
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