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NHL free agency roundup: Ryan Miller reportedly signs with Canucks; Dan Boyle to Rangers; Paul Stastny to Blues

07.01.14 at 1:44 pm ET
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The opening hours of NHL free agency have been busy, with some big names making quick moves.

Ryan Miller is on the move again.

The veteran goalie, who was traded from the Sabres to the Blues during the 2013-14 season, signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Canucks on Tuesday, the first day of free agency, according to multiple reports.

Miller, 33 , had a 2.64 goals-against average and .918 save percentage last season while posting a league-high 30 losses.

– Center Paul Stastny left the Avalanche to sign a four-year deal worth $28 million, according to a CBS Sports report.

Stastny, 28, had 25 goals and 60 assists last regular season, followed by five goals and five assists in 10 playoff games. Stastny, the son of Hall of Fame center Peter Stastny, grew up in the St. Louis area.

– Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who was bought out of the remaining seven years of his 10-year, $40 million deal with the Sabres, agreed to a one-year, $4 million pact with the Penguins, according to TSN.

The 31-year-old Ehrhoff had 33 points in 79 games last season.

– Defenseman Dan Boyle left the Sharks to sign a two-year, $9 million deal with the Rangers, according to ESPN.com.

Boyle, 37, had 36 points in 75 games for the Sharks, his team for the last six seasons. He’s also played for the Panthers (1998-02) and Lightning (2001-08).

– Veteran winger Mike Cammalleri agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Devils, according to multiple reports.

Cammalleri, 32, had 26 goals and 19 assists for the Flames last season. He has 236 goals and 502 points in 669 career games with the Flames, Canadiens and Kings.

– The Oilers made two early signings, agreeing with onetime Bruins winger Benoit Pouliot on a five-year deal and defenseman Mark Fayne on a four-year pact, according to multiple reports.

Pouliot, 27, scored 15 goals for the Rangers last season, then had five goals and five assists during New York’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. He previously played for the Wild (2006-10), Canadiens (’10-11), Bruins (’11-12) and Lightning (’12-13).

Fayne, 27, had 11 points in 72 games for the Devils, with whom he played the last four seasons.

– The Senators traded disgruntled center Jason Spezza and a prospect to the Stars for forward Alex Chiasson, two prospects and a 2015 second-round draft pick, according to TSN.

Spezza, a former captain, asked out of Ottawa after recording 23 goals and 43 assists in 2013-14. The 31-year-old tallied at least 30 goals in four of his 11 seasons with the Sens.

Spezza, who has a no-trade clause, previously vetoed a trade to the Predators.

– The Senators also retained winger Milan Michalek with a three-year deal worth $12 million, according to NHL.com.

Michalek, 29, had 17 goals and 12 assists for the Sens last season.

– The Canadiens on Monday cleared some room on their roster when they traded defenseman Josh Gorges to the Sabres for a second-round pick and shipped center Daniel Briere to the Avalanche for winger P.A. Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in 2015.

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Shawn Thornton signs with Panthers

07.01.14 at 1:26 pm ET
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Shawn Thornton has signed with the Panthers after spending the last seven seasons in Boston. According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, the contract is for two years and is worth $2.4 million.

Thornton, now 36, served as a fourth-line fixture for the Bruins after signing with them in 2007. He posted career highs with 10 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in the Bruins’€™ Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season.

Last season proved to be a tough one for Thornton, as his line struggled and he was given a 15-game suspension for an on-ice incident with then-Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli informed Thornton last month that the team would not be re-signing him.

Thornton, who hails from Oshawa, Ontario, has long said he will continue to live in Boston, where he has become known for his multiple charitable efforts.

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Chad Johnson signs with Islanders

07.01.14 at 12:35 pm ET
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Goaltender Chad Johnson has signed with the Islanders, making him the first Bruins free agent to depart. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the deal is for two years and $2.6 million.

Johnson played well in his one season in Boston as Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup, but the team elected to not retain him given that cap space is tight and they have another young goaltender in Niklas Svedberg. The B’€™s gave Svedberg a one-year, $600,000 contract last week.

The 24-year-old Svedberg has spent the last two seasons playing for Providence in the AHL. In the 2012-13 season, he was named the AHL’s top goaltender, while he split time with Malcolm Subban last season. Svedberg’s promotion to Boston suggests that Subban, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, will become Providence’s starting goaltender.

In his one season for the B’€™s, Johnson went 17-4-3 with a .925 save percentage, 2.10 goals-against average and two shutouts.

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Report: Canucks to make ‘big push’ for Jarome Iginla

07.01.14 at 10:19 am ET
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Jarome Iginla

According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, the Canucks will make a “big push” for Jarome Iginla at the start of free of free agency.

The obvious connection between the two sides is Jim Benning, who was hired this offseason to be Vancouver’s general manager after years of being an assistant GM in Boston.

Despite the interest the Canucks may have, they don’t seem like a logical fit for Iginla. The 37-year-old wants to win the Stanley Cup, and going to a rebuilding team that recently traded Ryan Kesler wouldn’t make much sense. After all, the reason he left Calgary in the first place was because he wanted to play for a contender.

Other teams reportedly interested in the future Hall of Famer include Minnesota, Colorado and Detroit. Iginla’s preference is to return to Boston, but the Bruins will need to shed cap space in order to sign him.

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Report: Jarome Iginla to test free agency

06.30.14 at 7:56 pm ET
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Jarome Iginla

In some not-too-surprising news, Jarome Iginla will not sign with the Bruins before the start of free agency and will become an unrestricted free agent as of Tuesday at noon, according to a report from Chris Johnson of Sportsnet.

The Bruins and general manager Peter Chiarelli have stayed in contact with Iginla and agent Don Meehan, as they hope to sign the player but currently don’t have the cap space to do so. As such, Iginla has spoken to other teams in the pre-free-agency period in which contact between teams and soon-to-be free agents is permitted.

As of Monday evening, the Bruins have $67,582,500 committed to their cap figure for next season, with the league’s upper-limit set at $69 million. Including the $4.027 million by which they can exceed the limit given Marc Savard’s long-term injury status, the Bruins have $5,697,500 to spend, though they must also sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, among others. A source familiar with the situation told WEEI.com Monday that Chiarelli is “reviewing all of his options” regarding the cap crunch the Bruins currently face.

Iginla will turn 37 on Tuesday, though he’s still plenty productive. The future Hall-of-Famer’s 30 goals were tied for the team lead for the Bruins in the regular season. He also led the B’s with five postseason goals.

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Report: Bruins send qualifying offer to Jordan Caron

06.30.14 at 4:30 pm ET
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According to a report from Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News, the Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Jordan Caron, meaning they have done so for all 11 of their restricted free agents.

General manager Peter Chiarelli had said over the weekend that the team had already qualified Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, Justin Florek, Matt Bartkowski, Matt Fraser, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, Craig Cunningham, Tommy Cross and Tyler Randell.

The B’s signed another one of their restricted free agents, goaltender Niklas Svedberg, last week.

Teams had until 5 p.m. Monday to send their restricted free agents qualifying offers.

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Jarome Iginla talking to other teams as Bruins face cap crunch

06.30.14 at 10:38 am ET
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Jarome Iginla

Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Philadelphia over the weekend that Jarome Iginla and agent Don Meehan would talk to other teams, a process that has seemingly begun given that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the Wild contacted the soon-to-be free agent.

Free agency begins Tuesday, though teams have been able to talk to free-agents-to-be since last Wednesday. Iginla, who turns 37 Tuesday, figures to have plenty of potential suitors.

Chiarelli had also said that Iginla’€™s camp would stay in contact with the Bruins throughout the process, as the player wants to return to Boston but the Bruins have a little less than $6 million in salary cap space to sign a group of players that also includes Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.

If the Bruins are unable to bring Iginla back, there are plenty of contenders with ample cap space. The Lightning cleared cap space via trades Sunday night to give them somewhere around $13 million to spend, while the Wild have long to be believed to be spenders this offseason, either by signing Thomas Vanek or somebody else. Anaheim, Montreal and the Rangers are also among the contending teams with money to spend.

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