Check out today’s collection of notable free agent signings. This will be updated throughout the day as signings occur.
The Vancouver Canucks sign Radim Vrbata to a two-year, $10 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks GM Jim Benning addresses his club’s need for a scoring forward. The 33-year-old tallied 51 points last season with the Coyotes. $5 million per is a big much for him, but it’s only a two-year term. Looking forward to reading the reaction of some Vancouver pundits over this, as for the most part they’ve been very critical of Benning’s moves.
The New York Islanders have signed Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract and Nikolai Kulemin to a four-year, $16.75 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I like the addition of Grabovski, providing more depth at center for the Islanders. Kulemin gives them a skilled checking-line right wing, though it’s possible the Isles could try playing the pair on the same line. Yes, the Isles have overpaid, but they’re only four-year deals, plus it helps them get to the cap floor. At the very least, these moves provides some veteran depth to the Islanders young roster.
The Nashville Predators have signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable pickup for the Predators, though at this stage in his career he’s best-suited as a third-line center. He won’t address their need for a scoring center.
The Dallas Stars have signed Vernon Fiddler to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million.
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed center Jay McClement to a one-year, $1 million deal.
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Nick Schultz to a one-year. $1.25 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good depth addition to the Flyers defense, though this move means they’ll have to shed some salary to make room for his contract.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Downie can stay healthy and play a more disciplined game this could be a good addition to the Penguins checking lines.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K at the NHL level.
The San Jose Sharks signed enforcer John Scott to a one-year, $700K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best reaction to that signing came from @suicidepass: “if there’s one thing that’s been holding back the Sharks in the high-octane, run-and-gun Western Conference, it’s a lack of fistpower.” Second best, from “Puck Daddy” Greg Wyshynski: ” John Scott signs with the San Jose Sharks, presumably to punch the other 17 skaters in the face if they blow another 3-0 lead.”