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The reaction in Montreal to P.K. Subban signing an eight-year, $72-million contract extension with the Canadiens Saturday afternoon was a combination of relief and elation: relief that the ticking time bomb of arbitration had been defused after Friday’s hearing had concluded in tight jaws and terse words; and elation that their star defenseman would return to the fold happy and secure. [Read more]

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Good luck, Sulzi 🙂

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The Sabres defense is going to stay a bit crowded next season.

The team announced the re-signing of defenseman Alexander Sulzer to a one-year deal. Specifics were not immediately available.

Sulzer emerged a bit last season when teamed up with fellow German Christian Ehrhoff and put up three goals and one assist in 17 games. Now he joins a crowded house of mostly inexperienced (at the NHL level at least) blue liners.

With Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, and newly acquired Jamie McBain, four spots on the Sabres’ defense seem set leaving Sulzer, Mark Pysyk, and Chad Ruhwedel to battle out for the other two spots. Minor leaguer Drew Bagnall (who also signed a multi-year, two-way deal today) factors lightly into the mix as well.

Of course, the picture could become more muddled if they sign someone else.

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Friday, July 5 is the official start of the National Hockey League’s free agency period (at 12 p.m. ET).

Check back regularly for updates as we keep track of all the signings from what promises to be a busy transaction period.

Note: We’ve included a few deals announced prior to July 5, which came as a result of the NHL’s compliance buyout window. None of them can be made official until Friday.

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July 8

Matt Gilroy signs in Florida: one-year, two-way (link)

Chris Mueller signs in Dallas: n/a (link)

Kevin Poulin re-signs in New York (Islanders): one-year, n/a (link)

Joe Corvo signs in Ottawa: one year, $900,000 (link)

Ryan McDonagh re-signs in New York (Rangers): six years, $28.2 million (link)

Tyson Strachan signs in Washington: n/a (link)

July 7

Frédéric St-Denis signs in Columbus: one year, two-way (

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Yesterday was a monster day for signings as free agency kicked off. As you’ll see in our free agent tracker, there were a lot of players finding new addresses to play next season.

Not everyone is off the board yet and there are quite a few big names still left to be had. Who might we see go this weekend? Soak it in.

The best value and talent might be found amongst the forwards with these five standing out:

Mikhail Grabovski
Derek Roy
Jaromir Jagr
Damien Brunner
Teemu Selanne

You’d have to think for Selanne it’s Anaheim or retirement, but hey, Daniel Alfredsson showed you can do whatever you want and probably get a lot of grief for it.

If you’re itching for a defenseman or goalie, things get a bit riskier there.

Amongst the blue liners, there’s Marek Zidlicky, Douglas Murray, Ryan Whitney, Joe Corvo, Wade…

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ decision to buy out Mikhail Grabovski prompted polarizing reactions from the team’s fan base, but one thing seems pretty clear: the Russian forward won’t miss playing for head coach Randy Carlyle.

He made that point abundantly (and profanely) clear to TSN’s Jonas Siegel on Thursday, calling Carlyle a stupid coach.

“I play in the [expletive] Russian KHL, I make lots of [expletive] points and what’s going to happen? He makes me [expletive] play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again,” Grabovski said. “Yeah, I don’t score goals. I need to work more about that. I know that. But if you feel support from your coach [you’ll find success]. I don’t feel any support from this [expletive] idiot.”

So, the 29-year-old clearly won’t miss playing for Carlyle, but it sounds like Toronto is a…

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Daniel Alfredsson narrowed his list of teams down to the only one he’s played for (the Ottawa Senators) plus two contenders in the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, but he’s not ready to choose on Thursday, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

The 40-year-old Swede is expected to make his decision on free agency Friday, instead.

Earlier today, Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sportsnet that he’s confident they’ll keep the captain around.

“I guess it’s the big issue in town. I didn’t realize it was that big an issue because we’re going to get it done, I assume,” Murray said.

We could know if Murray is correct as early as tomorrow.

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The Philadelphia Flyers locked up their captain and the face of their franchise on Thursday, agreeing to an eight-year, $66.2 million contract with Claude Giroux, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio.

That means the Flyers will see one of the NHL’s greatest bargain cap hits in 2013-14 ($3.75 million) mushroom to $8.275 million beginning in 2014-15. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the contract includes a full no-movement clause.

Update: the deal isn’t officially wrapped up yet. GM Paul Holmgren says it’s close, however, and could be finalized on Friday or Saturday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi.

With Giroux’s new deal factored in, Cap Geek estimates that the Flyers will have $51.82 million in cap space devoted to 14 players in 2014-15.

Still, this is the price of doing business, especially when you consider the fact that head coach Peter Laviolette called the 25-year-old star “the best…

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It hasn’t been easy for Peter Mueller since scoring 22 goals for the Coyotes as a rookie forward in 2007-08.

When his production trailed off in Phoenix, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft was traded to Colorado in 2010. Then, after scoring nine goals in his first 15 games with the Avs, concussion problems kept him out the entire 2010-11 season and half the next.

Mueller’s latest stop was in Florida, where he scored a modest eight goals in 43 games for the Panthers in 2013. For budgetary reasons, the 25-year-old failed to receive a qualifying offer from the club, leaving him an unrestricted free agent.

“He has arbitration rights. We’re still negotiating with him,” Florida GM Dale Tallon told the Sun-Sentinel. “We’d like to keep him, but it’s just a matter of what the right number is as far as our budget is.”

The Panthers’…

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It didn’t take long for the Minnesota Wild to come to terms with former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard. The two parties agreed to a two-year deal on Thursday, which will be worth $3 million overall, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The deal won’t become official until Friday because of CBA reasons.

Before being bought out, the 30-year-old defenseman’s contract was regularly critiqued, whether he was in the Canucks lineup or not.

He collected two assists in 36 regular season games in 2013, averaging 15:28 minutes per night (which falls about in line with his average playing time since 2010-11).

Ballard is a Minnesota native, so he must be delighted by this homecoming. As this post indicates, he could serve as a replacement for Tom Gilbert.

Oh yeah, he’s also a noted practitioner of the hip check, which many view as a dying art. Here’s a memorable one

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Leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Sunday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Anthony Mantha (RW)

Height: 6’4″  Weight: 190  Shoots: Left

Team: Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: 10th ranked skater in North America

What kind of player is he?

The million dollar question for Mantha is figuring out just what kind of player he’s going to be. This season he scored a career-high 50 goals and 89 points for Val-d’Or. His 50-spot led the QMJHL in goals but there are some who believe he can’t bring that kind of production to the next level.

His offensive game goes unquestioned (hey, 50 goals will do that) but questions have been raised about his eagerness. The offensive numbers and…

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