Thursday, July 1, 2010

Olli Jokinen returns to Calgary and other tales from free agency day 1

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Stories from NHL Free Agency Day #1…

  • Olli Jokinen is coming back to the Calgary Flames, after being traded away just a few months ago… when does Dion Phaneuf become a UFA? [NHL]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, and New Jersey Devils completed a UFA signing swap, with Pittsburgh signing New Jersey’s UFA defenseman (Paul Martin), New Jersey signing Ottawa’s UFA defenseman (Anton Volchenkov), and Ottawa signing Pittsburgh’s UFA defenseman (Sergei Gonchar). [NHL] & [NHL]
  • Meanwhile, Dan Hamhuis has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. [NHL]
  • Goalies on the move: Martin Biron fills the backup role for the New York Rangers [NHL], former NYR backup Alex Auld heads to Montreal to backup Carey Price [NHL], Antero Niittymaki finally gets his chance at a #1 spot with the San Jose Sharks [NHL], Dan Ellis goes to the Tampa Bay Lightning to replace Niittymaki [NHL], and Chris Mason signs as the #1 goalie in Atlanta. [NHL]
  • Saku Koivu signs a new 2-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. [NHL]
  • Martin St. Louis signs a 4-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [NHL]

And the Washington Capitals? They did……. absolutely nothing.

Maybe tomorrow will be more interesting for GMGM and the Caps.

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