Notable NHL Free Agent Signings – July 1, 2017

by | Jul 1, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 41 comments

New York Rangers sign Kevin Shattenkirk to a four-year contract.

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.

Center Brian Boyle is reportedly heading to the New Jersey Devils on a two-year deal. (Update: It’s two years, $5.5 million)

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). 



  1. Somehow, I don’t see ANY of the above as earth-changing. More in the nature of “eennh”?

    • Never called them earth-changing. They’re noteworthy, is all.

      • Probably the most noteworthy is Bernier signing with Colorado. The man must be a glutton for punishment.

      • Earth changing deals will come. Still wondering about that McDavid contract. And thanks Lyle for pointing to the relative %age of cap that deal is in relation to Crosby. As a Leaf fan, and other Canadia teams, I just hope deals like this don’t diminish the chance of team success. Hopefully the Leafs and Oilers become as successful at managing top end salaries against the cap as Chicago and Pittsburgh have been.

      • hard to argue chicago was all that successful about it.

      • they won three cups in six years

      • and how do they look since giving out the third contracts? how many players did they have to practically give away?

  2. Alzner to the Habs 5 yrs X 4.5 is a pretty good signing

    • Did this happen?

    • Agree

    • thunked he wuold get more… are gm’s… gasp!… showing a modicum of restraint!?!?

    • Called it.

      Pays himself on the back

  3. I don’t know what the rangers are thinking but they really need a center..

    • They supposedly got shatts for 4 yrs at 6.9

  4. Shat is a ranger… 4 year deal….close to 7mil…way too much money..term is fine

    • It didn’t happen

  5. What is the problem with the Isles and Colorado? Will a deal ever get done?

  6. Great! The Leafs got another bottom pairing guy

    • Taz…
      You will be surprised Ron Hainsey is a solid defense man yes he was he overpaid maybe…but without him the Penguins don’t win the Stanley Cup. He killed Penalties big time, was physical in front of the net and in the corners, and played on the top pairing with Brian Dumolin..he is good for the young leafs. He stepped in when we lost Kris Letang for the season and played on the number one pairing the rest of the year and in the playoffs. he can be an effective 2nd pairing Dman for the leafs.. you’ll see

      • Are you kidding? Hainsy was a turnover machine who couldn’t make an outlet pass with no one defending him. I’m so glad he’s gone. I just cringed every time he came on the ice. Good riddance!

  7. 13.5 million Mcdavid is to much then Matthews would want 10.5 price 10 be like stamkos take a pay cut to win.

    • Could see the coyotes throw an offer sheet more than 10 at Matthews

      • Toronto would match any offer for matthews hopefully they can lock up marner and nylander long term. My guess is matthews 8year 80 million marner 6 year 40 million and nylander 6 years 40 million give or take term and a few million.

  8. So far… not to much restraint. bonino overpaid, kulikov way overpaid, daley eh, hunwick overpaid, niemi underpaid-smooth move by pens, hanzel overpaid, girardi way overpaid, williams eh, russel overpaid, alzner eh, boyle eh, hainsey way overpaid, johnson overpaid. some of the low risk medium to high reward deals look good like poiliot and bennett and camelleri.

    • So the penguins made the best deal today? Shocking!

      • WHAT DEAL WAS THAT THE pENGUINS MADE hUNWICK IS NOT GREAT….i would have rather had Kyle Quincey same age better he signed for 1 year $1.25 and he is …..6ft 2 210lbs

      • I wouldn’t pay Niemi $70 to play for the Penguins. And Hunwick got was overpaid and way too much term. That’s 3 bad moves by the old man in the last 2 weeks.

    • The big overpaid for me was girardi,hunwick and hainsey

      • Agreed who the hell is Hunwick 32 don’t understand this move by my Stanley Champion Penguins. Look Hainsey played well for the Penguins regular season and playoffs dont know where we would have ben without him (losing Letang) I figured we would lose him congrats he got a good payday you’ll see he will calm the leafs d zone down

      • Dee I agree anti Niemi is a bad move so was Hunwick dont understand that and letting Kunitz go when he signed 1 year only $2 million head scratchier there.. hard to fault JR’s move the last couple years these three i don’t get

        KYle Quincey same age is a better player (signed 1 year $1.25) was a much better option than Hunwick plus h e is 6 ft 2 210lbs

    • 5 years mask term. Contracts arnt to overpaid. Seems restrait was made.

  9. Things seem to have slowed down. I wonder if the third line center deal for pens is a bigger one (staal duschene etc). Or a minor deal.

    • If i’m Pittsburgh i’m all in on 26 year old Matt Duchense…I dont want him going to Columbus or Nashville who already took Bonino…LOL

      They want a top 4 young d man OLi Matta
      They want a high prospect Daniel Sprong
      They want a number # 1 pick give it to them

      Can you imagine Duchense Hornqvist and Hagelin as your third line…he can also play wing.. Go for it

      • So you have a third line centre making 6million, that makes sense, good player, but he’s not worth the cap hit.

      • So you have a third line centre making 6million, that makes sense, good player, but he’s not worth the cap hit.

  10. My guess is that the Oilers management took the weekend off!

    • In all fairness they have their hands full at the moment. No possible way for them to make any kind of significant signing today.

    • John i think he is funny thing happens when players go to Pittsburgh they play better..Kessel, Schultz, Bonino, list goes on… we have $19 million in cap room ok $15 now we extended Schultz..

    • John why not $ 6 million for a 26 year old skilled fast center who can play wing and makes the second power play better. hell they paid Jordan Stahl that much to play 3rd center we won the cup in 2009 it works strong up the middle..

  11. Most players signed on July 1 are overpaid. I like Shattenkirk’s term, not too long. Vlasic contract is too long he will outgrow his big dollar abilities in four seasons. That 4 years as an anchor on the Sharks’ salary cap.