2009 NHL Free Agent Tracker: Four Habs Signings and Big Hossa Deal Highlight Day 1


It has been a busy afternoon for the 30 NHL GM's as close to 40 players have now been resigned or changed addresse.

The Canadiens were quite busy, signing Mike Cammalleri, Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill to contracts. Former Canadiens blueliner Mike Komisarek is now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here are today's signing since 12 noon.

Erik Christensen resigns with Anaheim, terms not yet announced.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin re-up with the Vancouver Canucks for five seasons at $6.1M per.

The Canucks have lost defenseman Matias Ohlund to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 7 years at $3.75M per.

Radek Dvorak and David Booth will stay with the Florida Panthers. Dvorak has signed for two seasons at $1.7M, and Booth is contracted at $25.5M over six years.

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Colton Orr at $1M per over four years.

Marian Hossa has just signed with Chicago for 12 years at approximately $5.2M per year.

New Jersey have signed Andy Greene, terms not yet announced.

Goaltender Craig Anderson has moved from the Panthers to the Colorado Avalanche for 2 years, no money announced at present.

Goalie Ty Conklin is now a member of the St. Louis Blues. His contract is $1.3M over two.

Matt Walker has moved from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for $6.8M over four years.

UPDATE 2:30 - Kovalev is now rumoured to be discussing with the Kings. Sickening thought!

The Boston Bruins have lost defenseman Steve Montador to the Buffalo Sabres. No terms yet.

Goalie Dwayne Roloson is now a New York Islander, for $5M over two seasons.

Tomas Kopecky has followed Hossa from the Detroit Red Wings to Chicago for $1.2M for each of two seasons.


Donald Brashear is no longer a Washington Capital. He is off to the New York Rangers. No terms yet announced.

Washington has signed forward Mike Knuble, formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers, for $5.6 over two.

In the speculation and rumours department, a journalist in Tampa this morning stated that Lightning co - owner Len Barrie blocked the trading of Vincent Lecavalier to the Canadiens last Friday. The writer noted that the Lecavalier case is closed for at least one year.

Chris Neil and Martin Havlat are said to be on the Canadiens radar at the moment. Connections to coach Jacques Martin are evident here.

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has flown overseas in order to talk contract with FA goalie Jonas Gustavsson.


Scott Niedermayer has resigned with the Anaheim Ducks for one season at $6M.

There are rumblings that the Maple Leafs have traded defendeman Pavel Kubina to the Atlanta Thrashers. Rumours that Colby Armstrong going the other way have proven to be false.

Still going strong are reports that ten teams are interested in the Canadiens Mike Komisarek and that defenseman Francois Beauchemin is discussing with three clubs.


Three minor signings to report. Lukas Krajicek and Joel Ward have re - upped with Tampa Bay and the Nashville Predators respectively. Krajicek's deal is for one year, with no money reported as of yet. Ward gets $3M over two seasons. The Canucks have signed Aaron Rome away from the Columbus Blue Jackets for one season at $550.000.


I knew if I left for a coffee, the Canadiens would sign a player!

Montreal has signed former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek for $11.5M over three season.

Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin took a large paycut, signing with the Edmonton Oilers for 4 years at $15M.

Brian Boucher has left the San Jose Sharks and returned with the Philadelphia Flyers for two years at $925,000 each.


Canadiens have added a defenseman with a Stanley Cup ring. Hal Gill is the newest Hab, signing on for two years at $2.25M per.

Goalie Scott Clemmenson has moved from the New Jersey Devils and is now a member of Florida Panthers. Clemmenson has been signed for three years at $1.2M per.

David Koci is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche. The former Lightning forward had agreed to a one year deal paying $575,000.

Michael Rupp has moved from New Jersey to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He will be paid $825,000 in each of the next two seasons.

Kent Huskins will remain with the San Jose Sharks. He has resigned for $3.4M over two seasons.

Erik Cole has come to terms with the Carolina Hurricanes. A two year deal will see him paid $2.9M per annun.

Ian Laperriere is now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. The former Avalanche forward gets $3.5M over three seasons.

Forward Adam Pardy remains with the Calgary Flames. Terms yet to be announced.


Canadiens have signed center Mike Cammalleri, no terms yet.

It is confirmed that Pavel Kubina is gone to Atlanta for Garnet Exelby.


Three more free agents have resigned with their respective clubs in the last hour. They are Jason Strudwick in Edmonton ($700K - 1 year), Steve Sullivan in Nashville ($7.5 over two) and Byron Bits with the Boston Bruins, for as yet unavailable terms.

Boston also added former Canadien Steve Begin to the mix, at $850K for one year.

Goaltender Mathieu Garon is gone to the Blue Jackets - two seasons at $1.2M per. Columbus also added checking center Samuel Pahlsson for three season at a total of $7.95M.

Nashville loses a "Fiddler"!

Two players have moved on from the Nashville Predators, and they are Greg Zanon and Vernon Fiddler. Zanon is off to the Minnesota Wild and will receive $1.93M in each of the next three seasons. Fiddler will now fiddle in Phoenix for two years at $1.1M for each.


Canadiens have signed Scott Gomez's New Jersey linemate to a five year contract at $5M per season.

For Minnesota Wild forward Marian Gaborik has found a new home with the New York Rangers. The often injured Gaborik breaks the bank with a five year contract, paying him $7.5M per season.

Rugged forward Chris Neil gets his wish and remains an Ottawa Senator for four more seasons at $2M per.

The exile of New Jersey Devils continues with defensive specialist John Madden joining a solid core in Chicago. Madden is aboard for one year at $2.75M.

Frederik Sjostrom is now a Calgary Flame. He will be paid $750K for the next two seasons.

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