NHL: A Roundup of the Day one Free Agent Signings

As of noon on Monday, NHL free agents were free to sign where ever they wanted to. Who decided to sign where?

The New York Rangers got the biggest name in free agency in Artemi Panarin. They signed him to a 7-year deal worth $84.5 million. He played with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. Panarin scored 28 goals and recorded 59 assists, in 79 games last season. His plus/minus was 14.

New York gets a goal scorer they desperate need. The Rangers also drafted Kappo Kakko with the second overall pick in the NHL Draft.

The Florida Panthers made a few moves in free agency. They signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year deal worth $70 million. He could opt of his contract after the fifth season. Bobrovsky played with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

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His record last season was 37-24-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA, along with nine shutouts. He will be the starting goalie most likely for a team with high expectations next season.

They also signed defenseman Anton Stralman to a three-year deal and each season his contract will be worth $5.5 million. Last season, he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 47 games played last season, Stralman scored two goals and recorded 15 assists. His plus/minus was 12.

Florida also signed Brett Connolly to a four-year deal worth $13 million. He played with the Washington Capitals last season. Connolly played in 81 games last season and he scored 22 goals and recorded 24 assists. His plus/minus was 13.

The Panthers did a very nice job of signing quality role players on the roster.

Noel Acciari signed a three-year deal worth $5 million with the Florida Panthers as well. He played for the Boston Bruins last season.

Acciari played in 72 games last season and scored six goals and recorded eight assists. His plus/minus was -3.

One of the biggest names of the market is also centerman Joe Pavelski. He signed a three-year deal worth an average of $7 million per season with the Dallas Stars. Pavelski is 34 years old and he scored 38 goals and recorded 26 assists last season in 75 games. His plus/minus was 4. Joe Pavelski played last season with the San Jose Sharks.

Dallas also signed winger Corey Perry to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. He played last season with the Anaheim Ducks. Perry is also 34 years old and he scored six goals and recorded four assists, in 31 NHL games last season. His plus/minus was -16.

The Minnesota Wild signed forward Mats Zuccarello to a five-year deal worth $30 million after he played for the New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars last season. Zuccarello played in 48 NHL games last season because he had a lower-body injury. Mats Zuccarello scored 12 goals and recorded 28 assists. His plus/minus was -8.

Minnesota also signed Ryan Hartman to a two-year deal worth $3.8 million. Hartman played with the Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

In 83 games played, Hartman scored 12 goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus was 1.

The Montreal Canadiens signed goaltender Keith Kinkaid for one-year worth $1.75 million. He played for the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

Kinkaid’s record last season was 15-18-6 with a .891 save percentage and a 3.36 GAA, along with three shutouts. He will most likely be the backup goalie for Carey Price. Keith Kinkaid has played alright in starts.

The Ottawa Senators signed defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. They also signed forward Tyler Ennis to a one-year deal worth $800k. Both of them played for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

Hainsey played in 81 games last season and he scored five goals and recorded 18 assists. His plus/minus was 30.

In 51 games played last season, Ennis scored 12 goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was -6.

The San Jose Sharks were able to re-sign Timo Meier to a four-year deal worth $24 million. At 22 years old, he had a breakout season last year. Meier scored 30 goals and recorded 36 assists, in 78 games. His plus/minus is 9.

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The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Sammy Blais to a one-year deal worth $850k. Blais played in 32 games and he scored two goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus was -1. Sammy Blais is only 23 years old and he played well in the playoffs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed centerman Jason Spezza to a one-year deal worth $700k. He played last season with the Dallas Stars. Spezza is 36 years old and he scored eight goals and recorded 19 assists in 76 NHL games played last season. His plus/minus was -13.

Toronto gets a much-needed veteran inside the locker room after they traded away 39-year-old Patrick Marleau.

The Vancouver Canucks upgraded the blue line by signing defenseman Tyler Myers to a five-year deal worth $6 million per season. He played last season with the Winnipeg Jets. Defenseman Jordie Benn signed a two-year deal worth $2 million per season. He played last season with the Montreal Canadiens.

Myers is 29 years old. He scored nine goals and recorded 22 assists, in 80 games last season with Winnipeg. His plus/minus was 11.

Benn is 31 years old and in 81 games last season, he scored five goals and recorded 17 assists. His plus/minus was 15.

The Vegas Golden Knights brought back forward Tomas Nosek on a one-year deal worth $1 million. forward Brandon Pirri signed a two-year deal worth $775,000 per season. Nosek scored eight goals and recorded nine assists last season in 68 games. His plus/minus was -10. Pirri scored 12 goals and recorded six assists, in 31 games last season. His plus/minus was 7.

The Washington Capitals signed forward Richard Panik to a four-year deal worth $11 million. He played last season with the Arizona Coyotes. In 75 games played, Panik scored 14 goals and 19 assists. His plus/minus was -3.

The Winnipeg Jets re-signed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a one-year deal worth $1 million. In 48 games played last season, he scored three goals and recorded nine assists. His plus/minus was 6. Winnipeg’s blue line will look a lot different next season.

The New Jersey Devils signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a one-year deal worth $5 million. He played last season with the Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers. Simmonds played in 79 games and he scored 17 goals and recorded 13 assists. His plus/minus was -16.

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Brandon Tanev to a six-year deal worth $3.5 million each season. He played last season with the Winnipeg Jets. In 80 games played last season, Tanev scored 14 goals and recorded 15 assists. His plus/minus was 9. He could potentially pop next season, Very good signing by Pittsburgh.

The Calgary Flames signed goaltender Cam Talbot to a one-year contract worth $2.75 million. His record last season with the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers was 11-17-3 with a .892 save percentage and a 3.40 GAA, along with one shutout.

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The Edmonton Oilers signed goaltender Mike Smith to a one-year contract. They also brought back forward Alex Chiasson on a two-year deal worth $4.3 million. Markus Granlund signed a 1-year deal after playing with the Vancouver Canucks last season.

Smith played last season with the Calgary Flames. He is 37 years old. Mike Smith’s record was 23-16-2 with a .898 save percentage and a 2.73 GAA, along with two shutouts.

In 73 games played last season, Chiasson scored 22 goals and recorded 16 assists. His plus/minus was -1. He was one of the better players on a bad Edmonton roster last season.

In 77 games played last season, Granlund scored 12 goals and recorded 10 assists. His plus/minus was -4. He is 26 years old.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Robin Lehner on a one-year contract worth $5 million. Lehner won the Vezina Trophy last season with the New York Islanders. His record was 25-13-5 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.13 GAA, along with six shutouts.

This move by Chicago means that Corey Crawford will most likely be the backup this season or he is not even ready to play because of injury concerns.

The New York Islanders brought back Anders Lee to a seven-year deal worth $49 million. They also signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a four-year contract worth $5 million each season.

Lee played in all 82 games last season. He was in his first NHL season as captain for New York. He scored 28 goals and recorded 23 assists. His plus/minus was 20. Anders Lee disappeared in the playoffs for the Islanders, but he is the heart and soul of this team.

Varlamov played with the Colorado Avalanche last season. His record was 20-19-9 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA, along with two shutouts. He is 31 years old and lost his starting job to Philipp Grubauer.

Speaking of the Colorado Avalanche, they continue to make adjustments to the roster. They re-signed Colin Wilson to a one-year deal worth $2,6 million.

Joonas Donskoi signed a four-year deal worth $15.6 million with Colorado after playing with the San Jose Sharks last season. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare signed a two-year deal with the Avalanche worth $3.6 million after playing with the Vegas Golden Knights last season.

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Wilson scored 12 goals and recorded 15 assists, in 65 games last season. His plus/minus was -6.

Donskoi scored 14 goals and recorded 23 assists, in 80 games last season. His plus/minus was 10. He is 27 years old.

Bellemare scored six goals and recorded nine assists, in 76 games last season. His plus/minus was 2.

Columbus lost some key players in free agency, but they re-signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year deal. The Blue Jackets signed forward Gustav Nyquist to a four-year deal.

Neither of those contracts was disclosed in terms of money. Murray played in 56 games last season and he scored one goal and recorded 28 assists. His plus/minus was 20.

Ryan Murray is only 25 years old and he is becoming one of Columbus’s top defenseman.

Nyquist played last season with the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings. In 81 NHL games played, he scored 22 goals and recorded 38 assists. His plus/minus was 1.

Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo re-signed with the Blue Jackets on a one-year deal worth $1.15 million. He will compete with Elvis Merzlikins for the starting goaltending job.

Korpisalo’s record last season was 10-7-3 with a .897 save percentage and a 2.95 GAA.

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Sebastian Aho to an offer sheet. The deal is five years worth $42.27 million. Aho signed the offer sheet. The Carolina Hurricanes will have one week to match the offer sheer and if they will don’t, Carolina will receive a first, second, and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

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Last season, Sebastian Aho played in all 82 games. He scored 30 goals and recorded 52 assists. His plus/minus was 25. Aho is only 21 years old.

The Nashville Predators signed centerman Matt Duchene to a seven-year deal worth $56 million. He played last season with the Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Duchene is 28 years old. In 73 NHL games played last season, he scored 31 goals and recorded 39 assists. His plus/minus was -3.

There are not many key free agent names left available, but one of those names that are still available is Mitchell Marner.

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