Anaheim Ducks

UFA:
D Scott Niedermayer
C Todd Marchant
RW Rob Niedermayer
D Francois Beauchemin
D Bret Hedican
LW Brad Larsen
C Josh Green

RFA:
D James Wisniewski
C Erik Christensen

Signed:
C Erik Christensen, 1 year/$750,000
D Scott Niedermayer, 1 year/$6M + bonuses

Lost:
D Francois Beauchemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Notes:
Anaheim received RW Joffrey Lupul, D Luca Sbisa (Flyers’ first-round pick in 2008), a first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (21st overall), a first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional third-round selection in the 2010 or 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Chris Pronger and left wing Ryan Dingle.

Also lost on the blueline is Francois Beauchemin, who signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs for an average of $3.8 million per season.

The Finnish Flash Teemu Selanne has elected to return to the Anaheim Ducks for the 2009/2010 season. Selanne has stated that this will be his final NHL season.

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Calgary Flames

UFA:
D Jay Bouwmeester
D Adrian Aucoin
LW Michael Cammalleri
RW Todd Bertuzzi
D Anders Eriksson
C Jamie Lundmark
LW Andre Roy
D Adam Pardy

RFA:
C Dustin Boyd
Signed:
D Jay Bouwmeester, 5 years/$33.4M (re-signed)
D Adam Pardy, 2 years/$1.4M (re-signed)
RW Fredrik Sjostrom (New York Rangers)

Lost:
LW Michael Cammalleri (Montreal Canadiens)
D Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix Coyotes)

Notes:
The rights to to D J. Boumeester were obtained by Calgary from the Florida Panthers. FLA received D Jordan Leopold and a third round pick (67th overall; Panthers selected RW Josh Birkholz).

Calgary traded defenseman Jim Vandermeer to the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Brandon Prust. Calgary also signed Garth Murray and minor-league forward Riley Armstrong.

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Chicago Blackhawks

UFA:
G Nikolai Khabibulin
RW Martin Havlat
C Samuel Pahlsson
D Matt Walker

RFA:
C Dave Bolland
Troy Brouwer
LW Ben Eager
C Colin Fraser
D Aaron Johnson
LW Kris Versteeg
Signed:
RW Marian Hossa, 12 years/$62.8M (Detroit Red Wings)
RW Tomas Kopecky, 2 years/$2.4M (Detroit Red Wings)
C Dave Bolland, 5 years/$16.875M (re-signed)
C John Madden, 1 year/$2,75M (New Jersey Devils)
D Cam Barker (re-signed)
RW Troy Brouwer
G Corey Crawford
LW Ben Eager
C Colin Fraser
D Aaron Johnson

Lost:
D Matt Walker (Tampa Bay Lightning)
G Nikolai Khabibulin (Edmonton Oilers)
C Samuel Pahlsson (Columbus Blue Jackets)
RW Martin Havlat (Minnesota Wild)

Notes:
Chicago made a huge splash when they signed elite RW Marian Hossa to a 12 year, $62.8M contract after Hossa opted to leave the Western Conference Champion Detroit Red Wings. Following Hossa from Detroit is Tomas Kopecky. The addition of Hossa and Kopecky will only add fuel to the fire of the great battles between Chicago and Detroit for the Central division crown next season.

TSN is reporting that the the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) has filed a grievance over the Chicago Blackhawks mishandling of a number of its qualifying offers and intends to argue the players affected by the mishap, D Cam Barker and LW Kris Versteeg, who remain unsigned, should be ruled unrestricted free agents.

The Chicago Blackhawks quickly responded to the NHLPA grievance and signed defenceman Cam Barker to a three-year, $9.25 million contract extension.

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Colorado Avalanche

UFA:
C Joe Sakic
C Tyler Arnason
RW Ian Laperriere
G Andrew Raycroft
D Daniel Tjarnqvist
D Lawrence Nycholat
C Cody McCormick
RW Ben Guite

RFA:
D Kyle Cumiskey
Signed:
G Craig Anderson, 2 years (Florida Panthers)
LW David Koci, 1 year (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Lost:
RW Ian Laperriere (Philadelphia Flyers)
G Andrew Raycroft (Vancouver Canucks)

Notes:
Craig Anderson is expected to be the number one goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche with recently re-signed Peter Budaj serving as his backup.

The Avalanche bolstered their blueline with D Kyle Quincey and D Tom Preissing, along with a fifth-round pick in exchange for Colorado’s 2008/2009 leading scorer Ryan Smyth.

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Columbus Blue Jackets

UFA:
D Christian Backman
C Jason Williams
C Manny Malhotra
C Michael Peca
C Chris Gratton
D Aaron Rome
G Wade Dubielewicz

RFA:
C Jiri Novotny
LW Alexandre Picard
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
G Dan LaCosta
D Marc Methot
Signed:
C Samuel Pahlsson, 3 years (Chicago Blackhawks)
G Mathieu Garon (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Notes:
Rick Nash will be in a Columbus Blue Jackets sweater for a fairly long while. The 25-year old forward signed an eight-year, $62.4 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets with a yearly cap hit of $7.8 million.

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Dallas Stars

UFA:
D Sergei Zubov
RW Jere Lehtinen
C Brendan Morrison
D Darryl Sydor
C Steve Begin
C Joel Lundqvist
RW Landon Wilson
RW Mark Parrish

UFA:
D Mark Fistric
RW Chris Conner
G Tobias Stephan
Signed:
RW Jere Lehtinen, 1 year/$1.5M, plus bonuses (re-signed)
D Karlis Skrastins, 2 years/$1.375M (Florida Panthers)
Lost:
C Steve Begin (Boston Bruins)
RW Chris Conner (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Notes:
Mike Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in the history of the National Hockey League, will remain in a Dallas Stars sweater despite the firing of head coach Dave Tippett midway through June 2009. The 2009/2010 season will be his 20th season in the NHL.

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Detroit Red Wings

UFA:
RW Marian Hossa
RW Mikael Samuelsson
G Ty Conklin
D Chris Chelios
RW Aaron Downey
RW Darren McCarty
RW Tomas Kopecky

RFA:
C Jiri Hudler
LW Ville Leino

Signed:
LW Ville Leino

Lost:
RW Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks)
RW Tomas Kopecky (Chicago Blackhawks)
G Ty Conklin (St. Louis Blues)
RW Mikael Samuelsson (Vancouver Canucks)

Notes:
Defenseman Chris Chelios, native of Chicago, IL, and veteran of 26 National Hockey League seasons will not be offered a contract from the Detroit Red Wings.

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Edmonton Oilers

UFA:
G Dwayne Roloson
RW Ales Kotalik
D Jason Strudwick
G Dany Sabourin

RFA:
D Denis Grebeshkov
D Ladislav Smid
C Gilbert Brule
LW Liam Reddox
Signed:
G Nikolai Khabibulin, 4 years/$15M (Chicago Blackhawks)
D Jason Strudwick, 1 year/$700k (re-signed)
Lost:
G Dwayne Roloson (New York Islanders)

Notes:
The Edmonton Oilers traded C Kyle Brodziak and a sixth-round pick to the Minnesota Wild for two picks in the 2009 NHL Draft. The Oilers picked D Kyle Bigos (BCHL Vernon Vipers) and G Olivier Roy (Cape Brenton Screaming Eagles). Minnesota chose G Darcy Kuemper from the Red Deer Rebels.

Meanwhile, the Oilers continue to be “snubbed” by Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley. Heatley requested a trade, but will not waive his no trade clause to end up in Edmonton.

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Los Angeles Kings

UFA:
LW Kyle Calder
D Denis Gauthier
Derek Armstrong

RFA:
RW Teddy Purcell

Signed:
D Rob Scuderi, 4 years/$13.6M (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Notes:
The Los Angeles Kings added to their front line firepower, bringing in Ryan Smyth from Colorado in exchange for D Kyle Quincey, D Tom Preissing, along with a fifth-round pick.

The Kings also dealt forward Bryan Boyle to the New York Rangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2010 NHL draft.

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Minnesota Wild

UFA:
RW Marian Gaborik
D Martin Skoula
D Marc-Andre Bergeron
D Kurtis Foster
C Dan Fritsche
LW Stephane Veilleux
LW Peter Olvecky
C Krys Kolanos

RFA:
LW Benoit Pouliot
G Josh Harding
C Kyle Brodziak
Signed:
RW Martin Havlat, 6 years/$30M (Chicago Blackhawks)
D Shane Hnidy, 1 year/$750,000 (Boston Bruins)
Lost:
RW Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers)

Notes:
Wasting no time, the Minnesota Wild replaced departed RW Marian Gaborik with RW Martin Havlat. The Wild also picked up C Kyle Brodziak from the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth- and fifth-round draft pick in the 2009 NHL draft.

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Nashville Predators

UFA:
LW Steve Sullivan
D Greg de Vries
C Radek Bonk
C Vernon Fiddler
C Scott Nichol
D Greg Zanon
D Ville Koistinen
RW Joel Ward
RFA:
LW Antti Pihlstrom
Signed:
LW Steve Sullivan, 2 years/$7.5M (re-signed)
RW Joel Ward, 2 years/$3M (re-signed)
Lost:
C Vernon Fiddler (Phoenix Coyotes)
D Ville Koistinen (Florida Panthers)

Notes:
Steve Sullivan, who has helped lead the Predators to four playoff appearances in five seasons, was awarded a two-year, $7.5 million dollar contract. Sullivan scored 11 goals and had 21 assists and was a +2 with 30 PIM in 41 games in 2008/2009.

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Phoenix Coyotes

UFA:
D Dmitri Kalinin
D Ken Klee
RW Brian McGrattan
C Joakim Lindstrom

RFA:
C Petr Prucha
RW Scottie Upshall
RW Enver Lisin
LW Nigel Dawes
C Daniel Winnik
Signed:
G Jason LaBarbera, 2 years (Vancouver Canucks)
C Vernon Fiddler, 2 years (Nashville Predators)
D Adrian Aucoin, 1 year/$2.25M (Calgary Flames)

Notes:
The Phoenix Coyotes, still mired in ownership issues and financial troubles, signed defenseman Shaun Heshka to a one-year deal. Heshka was acquired via a trade with the Vancouver Canucks in which the Coyotes exchanged their seventh-round draft pick for the 24-year-old defenseman.

The Coyotes also signed LW Stefan Meyer, acquired from the Florida Panthers for the rights to C Steven Reinprecht.

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San Jose Sharks

UFA:
RW Mike Grier
C Jeremy Roenick
LW Travis Moen
G Brian Boucher
D Kent Huskins
D Alexei Semenov
D Rob Blake
RW Claude Lemieux
C Marcel Goc
LW Tomas Plihal
C Tom Cavanagh
LW Lukas Kaspar

RFA:
LW Ryane Clowe
RW Brad Staubitz

Signed:
LW Ryane Clowe
D Rob Blake

Lost:
G Brian Boucher (Philadelphia Flyers)

Notes:
Ryan Clowe reached an agreement on July 3 to stay in a Sharks sweater. Clowe, 26, signed a four year, $3.5 million deal to keep him with the 2008/2009 President’s Cup winning Sharks.

Rob Blake, who won the Norris Trophy in 1997/1998, signed a one year contract worth $3.5 million, plus unspecified bonuses.

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St. Louis Blues

UFA:
D Jay McKee
G Manny Legace
RW Dan Hinote

RFA:
RW B.J. Crombeen
D Roman Polak
D Steve Wagner
G Chris Holt

Signed:
G Ty Conklin (Detroit Red Wings)
LW Keith Tkachuk (re-signed)
D Mike Weaver

Lost:
Jay McKee (buyout)

Notes:
Ty Conklin must have a great moving company, as he will once again be moving to a new home. The journeyman netminder will be joining his sixth NHL team since the lockout by signing a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues after spending the last two seasons in Detroit and in Pittsburgh. Both in Pittsburgh and Detroit, Conklin’s team appeared in the “NHL Winter Classic” and in the Stanley Cup Final. In both instances, Conklin’s team won the Winter Classic but lost the Stanley Cup.

Conklin will play second fiddle to Chris Mason.

Unlike Conklin, Keith Tkachuk will not need moving services. The veteran forward signed with the Blues for another season, after putting up a 25 goal, 24 assist season through 79 games in 2008/2009.

There was one subtraction from the Blues’ defensive corps as St. Louis’ front office brass decided to buy out the final year of D Jay McKee’s contract. McKee, who was slated to earn $4 million in 2009/2010, was a +11 in 69 games with 8 points.

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Vancouver Canucks

UFA:
C Mats Sundin
LW Daniel Sedin
C Henrik Sedin
D Mattias Ohlund
LW Taylor Pyatt
D Ossi Vaananen
G Jason LaBarbera
G Curtis Sanford
D Rob Davison
RW Jason Jaffray
C Jason Krog
RFA:
D Shane O’Brien
C Kyle Wellwood
RW Jannik Hansen

Signed:
LW Daniel Sedin, 5 years/$30.5M (re-signed)
C Henrik Sedin, 5 years/$30.5M (re-signed)
RW Mikael Samuelsson, 3 years/$7.5M (Detroit Red Wings)
D Shane O’Brien, 1 year/$1.6M (re-signed)
G Andrew Raycroft, 1 year/$500k (Colorado Avalanche)
Lost:
D Mattias Ohlund (Tampa Bay Lightning)
G Jason LaBarbera (Phoenix Coyotes)

Notes:
A report on TSN states that the NHL will be investigating the Toronto Maple Leafs for tampering due to comments by head coach Ron Wilson about the Leafs’ interest in Vancouver Canucks UFA’s Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

The article states,
On Tuesday June 31st, Wilson told Toronto radio station The Fan 590 that:

“You’re hearing right now, and this sounds very contradictory but, there’s a real possibility, I would think, that we would be going after the Sedins. Let’s just speculate there.”

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke confirmed that the league was investigating the remarks.

“The league has indicated that they are looking into it, so we will have no public commentary at this time,” Burke told the Globe and Mail Monday night.

Vancouver has yet to file tampering charges, as there very well may not need to. The identical twins, who were seeking to go as a package to any team that would pay for their services stayed with the Canucks, signing identical five year, $6.1 million per season contracts.

Vancouver also signed Mikael Samuelsson, who put up back-to-back 40-point seasons in Detroit. Samuelsson may be slotted as the final forward on a line with his fellow countrymen, the Sedin twins, which could make for a potently offensive line.

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The following players filed for arbitration with their Western Conference team:

Anaheim:
D James Wisniewski

Chicago:
D Aaron Johnson
Columbus:
D Marc Methot

Detroit:
F Jiri Hudler

Edmonton:
D Denis Grebeshkov

Minnesota:
F Kyle Brodziak

Phoenix:
F Nigel Dawes
F Daniel Winnik

Vancouver:
F Kyle Wellwood