How Every Team Faired in Day One of NHL Free Agency

How each NHL team did on day one of free agency.

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks were mainly quiet on Day 1, only signing Shawn Horcoff to a one year deal. He’ll replace Nate Thompson while he’s injured. They also lost a solid part of their defensive core in Francois Beachemin

Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes mainly made an effort to reach the cap floor, which they came close to doing. They brought back Antoine Vermette and Zybnek Michalek. They also signed Steve Downie and Anders Lindback for one year, and Brad Richardson for three. 

Boston Bruins: The Bruins signed Matt Beleskey for a reasonable 3.8 million per year contract. They also traded Reilly Smith & Marc Savard’s contract in exchange for big winger Jimmy Hayes. 

Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres stayed quiet, but they did their work at the draft mainly. They’ll still look to add another left handed defenseman. 

Calgary Flames: The Flames continued their tornado path through the offseason and signed utility forward Michael Frolik for five years. They also re-signed reliable goalie Karri Ramo for one year. 

Carolina Hurricanes: Outside of buying out Semin, Ron Francis was quiet. They’ll be near the bottom of the league next season. 

Chicago Blackhawks: The cap limited them, and they still have work to do as they have just about 600k to re-sign Marcus Kruger with. Losing Saad and Richards will be a huge blow, but Panarin and Dano will ease that. 

Colorado Avalanche: Joe Sakic capped off a solid week by signing two free agents, Francois Beauchemin and Blake Comeau. Both are very good players and Colorado will be ready for a rebound year. 
Columbus Blue Jackets: Their big move was trading for Brandon Saad, and they’ll work hard to re-sign him now. They also added grinder Greg Campbell. 
Dallas Stars: Although they appeared to have done nothing, their biggest move was just a day prior to free agency. They signed Antti Niemi for three years, solidifying their goalie situation. 

Detroit Red Wings: Ken Holland had himself a day, signing Mike Green and Brad Richards to deals. The Green one is great, adding to the already prolific powerplay Detroit has. The term for Green is big too, as it’s only three years. 

 Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers continued their great offseason, signing Andrej Sekera to a long term deal, coupled with Mark Letestu. They also traded Boyd Gordon for Lauri Korpikoski. 

Florida Panthers: The Panthers kept quiet, but added Reilly Smith for Jimmy Hayes which was a solid acquisition. The assuming of Marc Savard’s contract was questionable however. 
Los Angeles Kings: The Kings are another team that kept quiet, outside of signing Jhonas Enroth to back-up Quick. 
Minnesota Wild: Fletcher kept quiet but re-signed Mikael Granlund to a new contract. 

Montreal Canadiens: The Habs tried to court in Beleskey and Williams but failed. However, they were able to unload Prust and get a younger, better player in Zack Kassian. 

Nashville Predators: Nashville had a solid day but not a big one. They re-signed Mike Ribeiro, and also added Max Reinhart, Barrett Jackman, and Cody Hodgson. 

New Jersey Devils: They took a run at some forwards (like Beleskey) but failed. They added John Moore for three years on a friendly deal which was good. 

New York Islanders: Snow kept quiet but added a backup goalie in Thomas Greiss, the teams biggest need. 

New York Rangers: Sather stepped down as general manager and appointed Jeff Gorton, and the team signed Diaz and Stalberg to small deals. 

Ottawa Senators: After re-signing their restricted free agents, Murray didn’t do much. He signed Zack Stortini for whatever reason, though 

Philadelphia Flyers: Hextall kept the ball rolling and brought in solid backup Michal Neuvirth. He’s also working on an extension with Michael Del Zotto. 

Pittsburgh Penguins: They didn’t do anything in free agency, but they traded for this guy named Phil Kessel. No explanation needed. 

San Jose Sharks: They signed Paul Martin to a four year deal. They also locked up Brendan Dillon for five years. 

St. Louis Blues: They were quiet beside re-signing Jori Lehtera for three years. Expect them to be active on the trade market. 

Tampa Bay Lightning: Yzerman only signed Erik Condra, but that’s all he really needed. 

Toronto Maple Leafs: Admist the Kessel traded, they signed Marc Arcobello, PA Parenteau, and Daniel Winnik. They’re going into full Matthews-mode. 

Vancouver Canucks: Outside of the Kassian/Prust trade, Benning did nothing. They’ll still pursue another defenseman, but not for over 5 million. 

Washington Capitals: They signed Justin Williams into the wee hours of the night. Maybe he’s what they need to bypass the Rangers in the playoffs. 

Winnipeg Jets: They lost Frolik which hurts, but brought back Alex Burmistrov from the KHL. They’ll try to play him, and if it doesn’t work they’ll try to trade him. 

It was an exciting day one of free agency, let’s see what the rest of the offseason has in store. 

-Kevin @TheNHLFiles


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