There will be fireworks not just from Canada, but from the start of NHL free agency. We’re only a few hours in, but we’ve got some big moves that have already been made. I’ll try to keep updated as much as I can throughout the day. I’ll go team-by-team. If you want details on each deal. Here’s a link to where I’m getting all of my free agent information.
Clayton Stoner comes over from Minnesota and an already deep blueline group.
It looks like Matt Moulson liked Buffalo so much that he wanted to come back. He was dealt to Minnesota at the deadline, but he’ll be back at First Niagara Center. Rochester’s Brian Gionta comes home to play in front of his family and friends.
The Flames may have found an answer for their goaltending troubles as they picked up former Ducks’ goalie Jonas Hiller. They also picked up Mason Raymond, who was very productive at forward last season in Toronto. The Flames are a long way from contending, but this is a start.
Jiri Tlusty stays put in Raleigh with the Hurricanes.
Peter Regin re-signs with the Blackhawks.
Ales Hemsky is the first signing for the Stars, as they try to compliment Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. It’s a move to shore up the depth.
Looks like the Oilers are going to try to end that playoff-drought with some more offense. Edmonton picked up Benoit Pouliot (who did a great job for the Rangers last season). The Oilers also got defenseman Mark Fayne. Edmonton needs to address defense in the worst way.
The Panthers are getting some much-needed forward help in Jussi Jokinen and Dave Bolland (who said he wanted to be a Leaf for life.) Can the Panthers make a playoff push and get people to come to the rink in Sunrise? They also added toughness in Shawn Thorton, also got Derek MacKenzie from Columbus and Al Montoya from Winnipeg.
The long-rumored deal of Thomas Vanek finally happened. He played his college hockey and met his wife there as well. There are questions on whether Vanek can still be the linchpin of an offense as he disappeared for stretches during the playoffs.
Tom Gilbert and Manny Malhotra come over deals for the surprising Habs. Hopefully PK Subban will return for Montreal to help push them back into the Cup.
The oft-traveled scorer Mike Cammalleri makes his way to Newark to join a Devils team that was better than expected. Marty Brodeur is out there, but may not be back.
The Isles crashed to earth after making the playoffs in the lockout-shortened season. They got goalie Chad Johnson and defenseman T.J. Brennan. Johnson wasn’t going to get a shot behind Tuukka Rask in Boston, so going to the Islanders may be his best move.
The Blueshirts do have more room now that they bought out Brad Richards. New York picked up some blueliners in Dan Boyle (who took less money to go to the Rangers), Mike Kostka from Tampa Bay and re-signed Dominic Moore. They also got a little muscle in Tanner Glass from Pittsburgh. Chris Mueller also came over from Dallas.
Milan Michalek returns to the Senators.
New general manager Jim Rutherford is looking to make a splash and he’s made some moves. The Pens got the recently-bought out Christian Ehrhoff from Buffalo, Blake Comeau from Columbus and Thomas Greiss from Phoenix.
The Blues are making one of the big early splashes as they got Paul Statsny from Colorado. The Blues had trouble scoring at times, and Statsny can help provide that punch. The Blues also re-signed Jori Lehtera.
The Lightning picked up Anton Stralman from the Rangers, who made quite an impression during the playoffs.
Stephane Robidas comes over as the Leafs start their roster turnover. Toronto also brings back Leo Komorov from the KHL.
The Canucks replace one oft-maligned goalie for another as they sing Ryan Miller to a deal. Miller couldn't get it done in St. Louis, but will be needed to help the Canucks back into the playoffs.
Brooks Orpik goes from the Penguins to the archrival Capitals.
The Jets re-sign Chris Thornburn and picked up Mathieu Perreault from Anaheim. Paul Maurice helped Winnipeg move up the standings after he was named coach. The Jets are desperate for the playoffs.
I’ll try to have more through the day. That’s it for now.
Dan Mount is an NHL writer for TJRSports.com. He also covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for NYSportScene.com. He can be found on Twitter @DanMountSports.