Free Agency Blog

6:21 p.m. ET

Details on the Komisarek deal. Toronto signed the defenseman with a 5-year deal worth $4.5 million says TSN.

After speculation of Steve Sullivan leaving Nashville, Sullivan not be leaving the Music City after all as he re-signed with the Preds. The deal is a 2-year extension worth $3.75 million per year.

We will take our updates from here to our Twitter feed. Check it out here and we’ll have more reaction to Free Agent Frenzy Day right here at Inside Hockey.

5:57 p.m. ET

Komisarek is heading to Toronto after all according to TSN. Another big name off the table.

Rogers Sportsnet has reported that Steve Tambellini has reached out to Heatley on being a part of the Edmonton Oilers.

5:53 p.m. ET

Dreger reporting that the Leafs are active in the Komisarek talks with a big offer on the table.

5:52 p.m. ET

More on the Heatley situation. The Oilers are still trying to get the disgruntled forward with multiple conversations going on between the two fronts according to Only 6 hours and 8 minutes left until Heatley remains in Ottawa (most likely). As Glenn Frey says it best “The Heat is On”.

5:45 p.m. ET reports Kubina to Atlanta for Garnet Exleby and more to Toronto. Also Joe Haggerty reports on his Twitter feed that the Bruins have re-signed RFA Byron Bitz.

5:37 p.m. ET

Pavel Kubina has been traded from Toronto to Atlanta as reported earlier.

5:25 p.m. ET is reporting that Mike Cammalleri has signed with the Montreal Canadiens. The deal is reported as a 5-year deal worth $30 million.

This is a good move by Bob Gainey, however with the Cammalleri signing, does this mean Alexi Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Mike Komisarek are heading out? We’ll see

5:04 p.m. ET

Top of the hour update.

Mike Rupp is leaving the New Jersey Devils and is heading to the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The reported deal is for 2-years at 825k per year.

Hal Gill has signed with the Canadiens. Bruins fans will take notice for sure.

Nothing on Gaborik and Koivu and there’s still a lot of good free agents on the table.

4:45 p.m. ET is reporting that Hal Gill, a former Boston Bruin and part of the Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguins, has signed a deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

4:37 p.m. ET

On the Chris Neil front TSN reports the Maple Leafs have offered a 3-year deal while the Oilers have offered Neli a 4-year deal.

It looks like Dany Heatley will either be a part of the Edmonton Oilers or he’ll be back in Ottawa next year. The Rangers had reportedly put an offer on the table but it was reported that it wasn’t significant enough to acquire Heatley.

4:34 p.m. ET

Andy Strickland from Hockey Buzz is reporting that goaltender Scott Clemmensen has signed a 3-year deal worth $1.2 million per year.

4:27 p.m. ET

Here’s the latest on the Kessel-Kaberle talks. On Dreger’s Twitter feed, he says that the two sides aren’t talking. reported that the two sides were talking about the potential of the trade again.

Senators forward Chris Neil reportedly has interest from the Rangers, Oilers and Leafs. Colton Orr already signed with the Leafs and Donald Brashear signed with the Rangers to replace Orr.

4:01 p.m. ET

Top of the hour report. Erik Cole is reportedly staying in Carolina. Apparently it will be a 2-year deal with the Canes. Report from Bob McKenzie of TSN.

McKenzie also said that Nikolai Khabibulin is going to Edmonton. Solid move for the Oilers.

Gaborik still on the table as well as Havlat and Saku Koivu just to name a few.

3:53 p.m. ET

RDS, the french speaking version of TSN, has reported that Saku Koivu would love to remain as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, but has heard from a couple of other teams as well.

Goaltender Brian Boucher is returning to the city of Brotherly Love as he signed a 2-year deal worth $1.85 million with the Flyers.

3:47 p.m. ET

Jaroslav Spacek, 35, formerly of the Buffalo Sabres, has signed a deal with the Montreal Canadiens: 3-years $11.5 million. This was reported by Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe.

3:45 p.m. ET is reporting that talks between the Bruins and the Leafs are back on with Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle back in the fold. On Draft Day it was reported that the Bruins offered Kessel for Kaberle and the Leafs’ first round pick (7th overall)

3:33 p.m. ET

It’s been awhile since the last update. Here’s the latest:

Scott Niedermeyer re-signed with the Ducks, a 1-year deal worth $6 million plus bonuses as reported by TSN. Defenseman Aaron Rome signs a 1-year deal with the Canucks and apparently Joel Ward is staying in Nashville signing a 2-year deal worth $1.5 million per-year.

2:55 p.m. ET

Mike Knulbe leaving the Philadelphia Flyers and signs with the Washington Capitals. A great pickup for the Caps.

Forgot to mention earlier that Tomas Kopecky is going to Chicago joining Marian Hossa.

2:43 p.m. ET

The Rangers have reportedly replaced Colton Orr, who signed with the Leafs earlier, by signing Donald Brashear away from the Washington Capitals. Brashear was suspended during the series between the Caps and Rangers earlier this year.

Brashear joins Sean Avery on Broadway a rather interesting combination nonetheless.

2:30 p.m. ET

Two more updates via Daren Millard’s Tweets on Twitter.

Steve Montador has signed with the Buffalo Sabres. Montador signs a 2-year deal at $3.1 million. Also the Los Angeles Kings are reportedly stepping in for Alexi Kovalev. So Kovalev has yet to re-sign with the Habs.

2:24 p.m. ET

More on the Hossa deal with Chicago. Dreger reports for the first seven years of the 12-year deal, Hossa will be paid $53 million up front. Martin Havlat is on his way out.

Komisarek has 10 teams reportedly interested in him.

And according to Damian Cox of The Toronto Star the Kubina deal is on the table and concurrently, the Leafs are in discussion with Mike Cammalleri.

Dwayne Roloson is leaving Edmonton for the New York Islanders according to Newsday. More on that shortly.

2:12 p.m. ET

Ty Conklin signs with the St. Louis Blues, a 2-year deal. Fifth team in six years for Conklin.

2:06 p.m. ET

Matt Walker has left Chicago and signed a 4-year deal Tampa Bay. The Lightning are trying to improve on defense with Ohlund and now Walker.

2:03 p.m. ET

The NHL Network is now carrying the TSN Feed of their Free Agent Frenzy coverage.

The Hossa Deal is a 12-year deal and the cap hit is $5 million

1:56 p.m. ET

TSN and CBC both reporting Hossa is going to Chicago.

1:52 p.m. ET

According to Dreger, sources tell him that the Hossa to Chicago deal is finalized. Confirmation awaits.

1:47 p.m. ET

More on the Hossa front. It doesn’t sound like he will re-sign with Detroit. Montreal, Chicago and there’s even something in Boston about Hossa.

Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe reported that the Bruins were talking to Hossa’s agent Rich Winter about coming to the Bruins.

Here’s Dupont’s full blog about that.

David Booth has re-signed with the Florida Panthers (6-year deal) and Daren Millard from Rogers Sportsnet up in Canada reports that the Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Craig Anderson from Florida.

Unconfirmed at this time, but Bob McKenzie of TSN has reported Pavel Kubina could be traded from the Maple Leafs to the Atlanta Thrashers.

1:36 p.m. ET

Here’s the latest from the Carolina front on Erik Cole and Chad LaRose via The News Observer blog

Canes General Manager Jim Rutherford wants to re-sign both Cole and LaRose and now Cole doesn’t expect to be on the market much longer.

You can read more here

1:21 p.m. ET

NHL Live reports that the New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Andy Greene. Another Devils defenseman, Johnny Oduya, re-signed for three years yesterday.

1:!5 p.m. ET

TSN reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Colton Orr from the New York Rangers: 4-years $1 million per year. Darren Dreger also reports that the Kovalev extension is not finalized yet after his agent said that nothing is finalized.

1:07 p.m. ET

An hour has gone by. A usual slow start for the beginning of the Free Agent Frenzy Period. Anyway here’s another tidbit on the Sedin’s re-signing with Vancouver.

Via the TSN live blog Farhan Lalji reports that the Canucks have $10.8 million in cap space.

Stay here for more.

12:53 p.m. ET

Radek Dvorak re-signs with the Panthers: 2-years worth $3.4 million.

12:50 p.m. ET

Team 990 out of Canada is reporting Alexi Kovalev has re-signed with the Montreal Canadiens. It’s reported that it’s a 2-year deal worth $8.8 million.

12:47 p.m. ET

TSN is reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly close to signing Marian Hossa. Martin Havlat is another big name free agent for the Blackhawks.

Also our own Brad Kurtzberg told me that he’s heard that the New York Islanders have made an offer to Habs defenseman Mike Komisarek. Brad also tells me that Komisarek might not necessarily be taking it but we will see.

12:38 p.m. ET

Back on the Ohlund signing with Tampa Bay.

Ohlund has signed a 7-year deal and the cap hit is $3.75 million on Tampa Bay. On Darren Dreger’s Twitter feed, Dreger reports that Ohlund will recieve $22.5 million of the $24.5 million he signed for in the next five seasons.

Ohlund 7-years %3.75 million per year with the Lightning. More coming.

12:20 p.m. ET

Happy Canada Day to the readers in Canada and welcome to the Free Agency blog on day one of the signing period. I will be here with the latest news, rumors and anything else regarding the Free Agent Frenzy Day today. Just a few notes to pass along right now.

- Last Night Dany Heatley rejected a trade to the Edmonton Oilers. EJ Hradek on NHL Live (NHL Network) reported that Heatley is using his no-movement clause to see what else is on the table.

- The Sedin’s are staying in Vancouver. They each got identical 5-year deals worth $6.1 million per year.

- NHL Live is reporting that Mattias Ohlund has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

More news and rumors coming later.


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