Notable NHL Free Agent Signings – July 1, 2017
The NHL free-agent period opened at noon ET today. Here’s a look at the day’s notable signings thus far. Analysis of the most noteworthy signings will follow later today in my Soapbox section.
Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign defenseman Justin Schultz to a three-year contract worth $5.5 million per season.
San Jose Sharks have reportedly re-signed center Joe Thornton to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.
Tampa Bay Lightning sign winger Chris Kunitz to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Anaheim Ducks signed goaltender Ryan Miller to a two-year deal worth $2 million annually.
Los Angeles Kings sign winger Mike Cammalleri to a one-year, bonus-laden contract with a $1 million base salary.
Anaheim Ducks re-sign defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year, $52-million contract extension. The deal kicks in on July 1, 2018.
San Jose Sharks re-signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to an eight-year, $56 million contract extension and re-up goaltender Martin Jones to a six-year, $34.5 million extension. Both deals commence on July 1, 2018.
Pittsburgh Penguins sign goaltender Antti Niemi to a one-year, $750K contract.
Buffalo Sabres sign goaltender Chad Johnson to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Carolina Hurricanes sign winger Justin Williams to a two-year, $9 million contract.
Pittsburgh Penguins sign defenseman Matt Hunwick to a three-year, $6.75 million contract.
Winnipeg Jets sign goaltender Steve Mason to a two-year deal worth $4.1 million per season.
Buffalo Sabres signed winger Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a two-year deal worth $3 million per season.
The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year, $9.5 million contract.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is heading to the Winnipeg Jets. Three years, $4.33 million AAV.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Toronto Maple Leafs are signing defenseman Ron Hainsey to a two-year deal. (Update: $3 million per season. )
TSN’S Darren Dreger reports center Nick Bonino is joining the Nashville Predators. Four years, $4.1 million AAV.
NBC SPORTS cites a report from NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes saying the New York Rangers signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a four-year deal worth $6.9 million per season. TSN’s Frank Seravalli, however, reports Shattenkirk’s agent calls this premature, claiming his client is still considering his options.
TSN contributor Aaron Ward reports hearing the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a five-year contract with defenseman Karl Alzner worth roughly $4.5 million annually. (Update: It’s a five-year, $23-million contract. $4.6 million AAV).
SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports it looks like the Vancouver Canucks will sign forward Sam Gagner (three years, $3.15 million per). Defenseman Michael Del Zotto (two years, $3 million) goaltender Anders Nilsson (two years, $2.5 million AAV) and forward Alex Burmistrov are also expected to join the Canucks.
Winger Patrick Sharp is rejoining the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s reportedly a one-year, $1 million contract. ($800K base salary, $200K in bonuses).
Center Martin Hanzal is expected to join the Dallas Stars. (Update: Three years, $4.75 million annually).
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier is joining the Colorado Avalanche. (Update: Two years, $2.75 million per season)
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec is heading to the New York Rangers. (Update: One year, $1.3 million).