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NHL Signings Recap

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Two months remain until hockey season starts, so until then, keep updated on all the recent signings.

NHL Signings Recap

Whoever said offseason hockey wasn't fun clearly never paid attention to the free agency period. Since it began way back on July 5th, players have been traded, contracts have been signed and teams have been solidified.

Here, I only look at the players who have signed contracts in the past week (7/23 - 7/30). The activity that has taken place in this short amount of time is only a microcosm of the abundance of activity that has occurred in the past month.

Without a doubt, the Vancouver Canucks have been the busiest, making four signings. On Wednesday, July 24th, the Canucks signed forward Dale Weise to a one-year, $750,000 contract. This marks Weise's third year with the Canucks. Following this announcement, on Thursday, July 25th, the Canucks resigned forwards Colin Stuart and Zach Hamill. Specifications on either contract were not released to the media. Finally, the Canucks announced the resigning of Jordan Schroeder to a one-year, $600,000 contract. Clearly the Canucks have been keeping busy this offseason.

The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets each signed two players apiece in the past week. The Predators resigned forward Nick Spaling to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million; they also signed defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level. The Jets, on their part, signed forward Anthony Peluso to a two-year contract worth $1.2 million; forward Blake Wheeler was was signed to the Jets. Wheeler's contract stands at six-years and $33.6 million. 

Besides these aforementioned teams, various other team have signed single players to their roster over the past week. On Tuesday, July 23rd, the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, and New Jersey Devils all signed contracts with players. In one day, the Sabres signed both forward Luke Adam and goaltender Matt Hackett each to a one-year contract, with neither contract's financial terms being disclosed to the media. On the Kings end, center Trevor Lewis was resigned to a one-year contract worth $1.325 million. The Devils signed NHL veteran Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, $2 million contract with a bonus $2 million promised to Jagr if he plays more than 45 games in the upcoming season.

Wednesday, July 24th, saw four NHL teams signing players onto their lineups. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Paul Rangers to a one-year contract with undisclosed financial terms. The Florida Panthers signed forward Scott Timmins to a one-year contract, also with undisclosed financial terms. The Pittsburgh Penguins came to terms with defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo on a two-year, $1.2 million contract. Finally, reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, came to terms with forward Brad Winchester on a one-year contract with undisclosed financial terms. 

Not nearly as busy as Wednesday, Thursday, July 25th, still saw action from the NHL offseason. The St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Edmonton Oilers all made moves. The Blues resigned goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year contract. during the first year, Allen would make $750,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL; the second year, Allen would receive $850,000. The Blue Jackets resigned defenseman Cody Goloubef to a one-year contract with undisclosed financial terms. Last, but not least, the Oilers signed Darnell Nurse to an entry-level contract.

The NHL closed the week with a few more contract signings, this time from the Ottawa Senators, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Senators signed forward Ludwig Karlsson to a two-year, entry-level contract. The Ducks resigned Kyle Palmieri to a three-year contract with undisclosed financial terms. The Hurricanes signed left wing Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will reportedly pay Gerbe $550,000 in the NHL and $150,000 in the AHL, with a guarantee of at leas $250,000.

Whew. Last week was pretty busy in the NHL. This week kicked off with a few noteworthy contract signings, one from the San Jose Sharks and one from the New York Rangers. The Sharks signed center Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension slated to begin in the 2014-15 season, reportedly worth $30 millions. Finally, avoiding the possibility of arbitration, the Rangers signed forward Mats Zuccarello to a contract that reportedly stands at one-year and $1.15 million.

A lot has gone on since the NHL Stanley Cup championship ended. Within the past week alone, numerous contracts ahve been signed, and team rosters have been updated. The summer isn't over yet, and it is guaranteed that more players will come to terms with lofty contracts in the upcoming months.

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