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30 of the NHL’s 31 teams submitted their protected lists on Saturday by 5 p.m. ET. The protected lists were made public at 10:30 a.m. ET (originally scheduled for 10 a.m.) on Sunday. Additionally, the available lists of players to choose from were released.
The Vegas Golden Knights will now spend the next few days constructing their roster, with the full reveal set for Wednesday night during the NHL Awards Ceremony at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Vegas can choose from the following available players:
Forwards: Spencer Abott, Jared Boll, Sam Carrick, Patrick Eaves, Emerson Etem, Ryan Garbutt, Max Gortz, Nicolas Kerdiles, Andre Petersson, Logan Shaw, Nick Sorensen, Nate Thompson, Corey Tropp, Chris Wagner
Defensemen: Nate Guenin, Korbinian Holzer, Josh Manson, Jaycob Megna, Jeff Schultz, Clayton Stoner, Sami Vatanen
Goalies: Jonathan Bernier, Jhonas Enroth, Ryan Faragher, Matt Hackett, Dustin Tokarski
Forwards: Alexander Burmistrov, Shane Doan, Tyler Gaudet, Peter Holland, Josh Jooris, Jamie McGinn, Jeremy Morin, Mitchell Moroz, Chris Mueller, Teemu Pulkkinen, Brad Richardson, Garret Ross, Branden Troock, Radim Vrbata, Joe Whitney
Defensemen: Kevin Connauton, Jamie McBain, Zbynek Michalek, Jarred Tinordi
Goalies: Louis Domingue
Forwards: Matt Beleskey, Brian Ferlin, Jimmy Hayes, Alex Khokhlachev, Dominic Moore, Tyler Randell, Zac Rinaldo, Tim Schaller, Drew Stafford
Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Alex Grant, John-Michael Liles, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow
Goalies: Anton Khudobin, Malcolm Subban
Forwards: William Carrier, Nicolas Deslauriers, Brian Gionta, Derek Grant, Justin Kea, Matt Moulson, Cal O’Reilly, Cole Schneider
Defensemen: Brady Austin, Mathew Bodie, Zach Bogosian, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov
Goalies: Anders Nilsson, Linus Ullmark
Forwards: Brandon Bollig, Lance Bouma, Troy Brouwer, Alex Chiasson, Freddie Hamilton, Emile Poirier, Hunter Shinkaruk, Matt Stajan, Kris Versteeg, Linden Vey
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Culkin, Deryk Engelland, Michael Kostka, Brett Kulak, Ladislav Smid, Michael Stone, Dennis Wideman, Tyler Wotherspoon
Goalies: Brian Elliott, Tom McCollum
Forwards: Bryan Bickell, Connor Brickley, Patrick Brown, Erik Karlsson, Danny Kristo, Jay McClement, Andrew Miller, Andrej Nestrasil, Joakim Nordstrom, Lee Stempniak, Brendan Woods
Defensemen: Klas Dahlbeck, Dennis Robertson, Philip Samuelsson, Matt Tennyson
Goalies: Daniel Altshuller, Eddie Lack, Michael Leighton, Cam Ward
Forwards: Kyle Baun, Andrew Desjardins, Marcus Kruger, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Michael Latta, Brandon Mashinter, Dennis Rasmussen, Jordin Tootoo
Defensemen: Brian Campbell, Dillon Fournier, Shawn Lalonde, Johnny Oduya, Ville Pokka, Michal Rozsival, Viktor Svedberg, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Goalies: Mac Carruth, Jeff Glass
Forwards: Troy Bourke, Gabriel Bourque, Rene Bourque, Joe Colborne, Turner Elson, Felix Girard, Mikhail Grigorenko, Samuel Henley, John Mitchell, Jim O’Brien, Brendan Ranford, Mike Sislo, Carl Soderberg
Defensemen: Mark Barberio, Mat Clark, Eric Gelinas, Cody Goloubef, Duncan Siemens, Fedor Tyutin, Patrick Wiercioch
Goalies: Joe Cannata, Calvin Pickard, Jeremy Smith
Columbus Blue Jackets
Forwards: Josh Anderson, Alex Broadhurst, Matt Calvert, Zac Dalpe, Sam Gagner, Brett Gallant, William Karlsson, Lauri Korpikoski, Lukas Sedlak, T.J. Tynan, Daniel Zaar
Defensemen: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Scott Harrington, Jack Johnson, Kyle Quincey, John Ramage, Jaime Sifers, Ryan Stanton
Goalies: Oscar Dansk, Anton Forsberg, Joonas Korpisalo
Forwards: Adam Cracknell, Justin Dowling, Cody Eakin, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, Curtis McKenzie, Mark McNeill, Travis Morin, Patrick Sharp, Gemel Smith, Matej Stransky
Defensemen: Mattias Backman, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ludwig Bystrom, Nick Ebert, Justin Hache, Dan Hamhuis, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak, Greg Pateryn, Dustin Stevenson
Goalies: Henri Kiviaho, Maxime Lagace, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Justin Peters
Detroit Red Wings
Forwards: Louis-Marc Aubry, Mitch Callahan, Colin Campbell, Martin Frk, Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Drew Miller, Tomas Nosek, Riley Sheahan, Ben Street, Eric Tangradi
Defensemen: Adam Almquist, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Lashoff, Dylan McIlrath, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul
Goalies: Jared Coreau, Petr Mrazek, Edward Pasquale, Jake Paterson
Forwards: David Desharnais, Justin Fontaine, Matt Hendricks, Roman Horak, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Lander, Iiro Pakarinen, Tyler Pitlick, Zach Pochiro, Benoit Pouliot, Henrik Samuelsson, Bogdan Yakimov
Defensemen: Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Mark Fraser, Eric Gryba, David Musil, Jordan Oesterle, Griffin Reinhart, Kris Russell, Dillon Simpson
Goalies: Laurent Brossoit, Jonas Gustavsson
Forwards: Graham Black, Tim Bozon, Jaromir Jagr, Jussi Jokinen, Derek MacKenzie, Jonathan Marchessault, Colton Sceviour, Michael Sgarbossa, Reilly Smith, Brody Sutter, Paul Thompson, Shawn Thornton, Thomas Vanek
Defensemen: Jason Demers, Jakub Kindl, Brent Regner, Reece Scarlett, MacKenzie Weegar
Goalies: Reto Berra, Sam Brittain, Roberto Luongo
Los Angeles Kings
Forwards: Andy Andreoff, Justin Auger, Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford, Andrew Crescenzi, Nic Dowd, Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla, Trevor Lewis, Michael Mersch, Jordan Nolan, Teddy Purcell, Devin Setoguchi, Nick Shore
Defensemen: Matt Greene, Vincent Loverde, Brayden McNabb, Cameron Schilling, Rob Scuderi, Zach Trotman
Goalies: Jack Campbell, Jeff Zatkoff
Forwards: Brady Brassart, Patrick Cannone, Ryan Carter, Kurtis Gabriel, Martin Hanzal, Erik Haula, Zack Mitchell, Jordan Schroeder, Eric Staal, Chris Stewart, Ryan White
Defensemen: Victor Bartley, Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, Guillaume Gelinas, Alexander Gudbranson, Gustav Olofsson, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella, Mike Weber
Goalies: Johan Gustafsson, Darcy Kuemper, Alex Stalock
Forwards: Daniel Carr, Connor Crisp, Jacob De La Rose, Bobby Farnham, Brian Flynn, Max Friberg, Charles Hudon, Dwight King, Stefan Matteau, Torrey Mitchell, Joonas Nattinen, Steve Ott, Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Radulov, Chris Terry
Defensemen: Brandon Davidson, Alexei Emelin, Keegan Lowe, Andrei Markov, Nikita Nesterov, Zach Redmond, Dalton Thrower
Goalies: Al Montoya
Forwards: Pontus Aberg, Cody Bass, Vernon Fiddler, Mike Fisher, Cody McLeod, James Neal, P.A. Parenteau, Adam Payerl, Mike Ribeiro, Miikka Salomaki, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith, Trevor Smith, Austin Watson, Colin Wilson, Harry Zolnierczyk
Defensemen: Taylor Aronson, Anthony Bitetto, Stefan Elliott, Petter Granberg, Brad Hunt, Matt Irwin, Andrew O’Brien, Adam Pardy, Jaynen Rissling, Scott Valentine, Yannick Weber
Goalies: Marek Mazanec
New Jersey Devils
Forwards: Beau Bennett, Michael Cammalleri, Carter Camper, Luke Gazdic, Shane Harper, Jacob Josefson, Ivan Khomutov, Stefan Noesen, Marc Savard, Devante Smith-Pelly, Petr Straka, Mattias Tedenby, Ben Thomson, David Wohlberg
Defensemen: Seth Helgeson, Viktor Loov, Ben Lovejoy, Andrew MacWilliam, Jon Merrill, Dalton Prout, Karl Stollery, Alexander Urbom
Goalies: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood
New York Islanders
Forwards: Josh Bailey, Steve Bernier, Eric Boulton, Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Stephen Gionta, Ben Holmstrom, Bracken Kearns, Nikolay Kulemin, Brock Nelson, Shane Prince, Alan Quine, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom
Defensemen: Calvin de Haan, Matthew Finn, Jesse Graham, Thomas Hickey, Loic Leduc, Scott Mayfield, Dennis Seidenberg
Goalies: Jean-Francois Berube, Christopher Gibson, Jaroslav Halak
New York Rangers
Forwards: Taylor Beck, Chris Brown, Daniel Catenacci, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Michael Grabner, Marek Hrivik, Nicklas Jensen, Carl Klingberg, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel
Defensemen: Adam Clendening, Tommy Hughes, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Paliotta, Brendan Smith, Chris Summers
Goalies: Magnus Hellberg, Antti Raanta, Mackenzie Skapski
Forwards: Casey Bailey, Mike Blunden, Alexandre Burrows, Stephane Da Costa, Christopher DiDomenico, Nikita Filatov, Chris Kelly, Clarke MacArthur, Max McCormick, Chris Neil, Tom Pyatt, Ryan Rupert, Bobby Ryan, Viktor Stalberg, Phil Varone, Tommy Wingels
Defensemen: Mark Borowiecki, Fredrik Claesson, Brandon Gormley, Jyrki Jokipakka, Marc Methot, Patrick Sieloff, Chris Wideman, Mikael Wikstrand
Goalies: Mike Condon, Chris Driedger, Andrew Hammond
Forwards: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Greg Carey, Chris Conner, Boyd Gordon, Taylor Leier, Colin McDonald, Andy Miele, Michael Raffl, Matt Read, Chris VandeVelde, Jordan Weal, Dale Weise, Eric Wellwood
Defensemen: Mark Alt, T.J. Brennan, Michael Del Zotto, Andrew MacDonald, Will O’Neill, Jesper Pettersson, Nick Schultz
Goalies: Steve Mason, Michal Neuvirth
Forwards: Josh Archibald, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Carl Hagelin, Tom Kuhnhackl, Chris Kunitz, Kevin Porter, Bryan Rust, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist, Dominik Uher, Garrett Wilson, Scott Wilson
Defensemen: Ian Cole, Frank Corrado, Trevor Daley, Tim Erixon, Cameron Gaunce, Ron Hainsey, Stuart Percy, Derrick Pouliot, Chad Ruhwedel, Mark Streit, David Warsofsky
Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury
San Jose Sharks
Forwards: Mikkel Boedker, Barclay Goodrow, Micheal Haley, Patrick Marleau, Buddy Robinson, Zack Stortini, Joe Thornton, Joel Ward
Defensemen: Dylan DeMelo, Brenden Dillon, Dan Kelly, Paul Martin, David Schlemko
Goalies: Aaron Dell, Troy Grosenick, Harri Sateri
St. Louis Blues
Forwards: Kenny Agostino, Andrew Agozzino, Kyle Brodziak, Jordan Caron, Jacob Doty, Landon Ferraro, Alex Friesen, Evgeny Grachev, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera, Brad Malone, Magnus Paajarvi, David Perron, Ty Rattie, Scottie Upshall, Nail Yakupov
Defensemen: Robert Bortuzzo, Chris Butler, Morgan Ellis, Carl Gunnarsson, Jani Hakanpaa, Petteri Lindbohm, Reid McNeill
Goalies: Jordan Binnington, Carter Hutton
Tampa Bay Lightning
Forwards: Carter Ashton, Michael Bournival, J.T. Brown, Cory Conacher, Erik Condra, Gabriel Dumont, Stefan Fournier, Byron Froese, Yanni Gourde, Mike Halmo, Henri Ikonen, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Tye McGinn, Greg McKegg, Cedric Paquette, Tanner Richard, Joel Vermin
Defensemen: Dylan Blujus, Jake Dotchin, Jason Garrison, Slater Koekkoek, Jonathan Racine, Andrej Sustr, Matt Taormina, Luke Witkowski
Goalies: Peter Budaj, Kristers Gudlevskis, Jaroslav Janus, Mike McKenna
Toronto Maple Leafs
Forwards: Brian Boyle, Eric Fehr, Colin Greening, Seth Griffith, Teemu Hartikainen, Brooks Laich, Brendan Leipsic, Joffrey Lupul, Milan Michalek, Kerby Rychel, Ben Smith
Defensemen: Andrew Campbell, Matt Hunwick, Alexey Marchenko, Martin Marincin, Steve Oleksy, Roman Polak
Goalies: Antoine Bibeau, Curtis McElhinney, Garret Sparks
Forwards: Reid Boucher, Michael Chaput, Joseph Cramarossa, Derek Dorsett, Brendan Gaunce, Alexandre Grenier, Jayson Megna, Borna Rendulic, Anton Rodin, Drew Shore, Jack Skille, Michael Zalewski
Defensemen: Alex Biega, Philip Larsen, Tom Nilsson, Andrey Pedan, Luca Sbisa
Goalies: Richard Bachman, Ryan Miller
Forwards: Jay Beagle, Chris Bourque, Paul Carey, Brett Connolly, Stanislav Galiev, Tyler Graovac, Liam O’Brien, T.J. Oshie, Zach Sill, Chandler Stephenson, Chrisitan Thomas, Nathan Walker, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik
Defensemen: Karl Alzner, Taylor Chorney, Cody Corbett, Darren Dietz, Christian Djoos, Tom Gilbert, Aaron Ness, Brooks Orpik, Nate Schmidt, Kevin Shattenkirk
Goalies: Pheonix Copley, Philipp Grubauer
Forwards: Marko Dano, Quinton Howden, Scott Kosmachuk, Tomas Kubalik, J.C. Lipon, Shawn Matthias, Ryan Olsen, Anthony Peluso, Chris Thorburn
Defensemen: Ben Chiarot, Toby Enstrom, Brenden Kichton, Julian Melchiori, Paul Postma, Brian Strait, Mark Stuart
Goalies: Michael Hutchinson, Ondrej Pavelec
By: Nick Lanciani
This post will be updated throughout the day as signings are officially announced. Be sure to check our Twitter account (@DtFrozenRiver) for all of the latest signings, news, and analysis throughout the day.
Free agency begins at noon (technically 12:01 PM ET) on July 1st. All that is known is shown and will be updated throughout the day. More analysis will come later as the day wraps up.
LW Loui Eriksson signed a 6 year, $6.000 million AAV contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
F Andrew Ladd signed a 7 year deal with the New York Islanders worth $38.5 million ($5.500 million AAV).
D Stuart Percy has signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $575,000 at the NHL level, $200,000 at the AHL level.
G James Reimer signed a 5 year, $3.4 million AAV contract with the Florida Panthers.
LW Milan Lucic has signed a 7 year deal with the Edmonton Oilers worth $6.000 million AAV.
D Michael Kostka signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.
RW Colton Sceviour signed a 2 year deal with the Florida Panthers.
F Jonathan Marchessault signed a 2 year, $750,000 contract with the Florida Panthers.
G Anton Khudobin has signed a 2 year, $1.2 million contract with the Boston Bruins.
F David Perron signed a 2 year, $3.75 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.
C Frans Nielsen and the Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms on a 6 year deal worth $5.250 million AAV.
G Alex Stalock signed a 1 year deal with the Minnesota Wild.
C David Backes signed a 5 year, $6.000 million AAV contract with the Boston Bruins.
D John-Michael Liles signed a 1 year, $2.000 million contract with the Boston Bruins (re-signed).
D Brian Campbell signed a 1 year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
F Kyle Okposo signed a 7 year, $6.000 million AAV, contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
F Phil Varone signed a 1 year, two-way contact with the Ottawa Senators.
F Troy Brouwer signed a 4 year, $4.5 million AAV contract with the Calgary Flames.
C Eric Staal has signed a 3 year, $3.500 million AAV deal with the Minnesota Wild.
G Carter Hutton signed a 2 year, $1.125 million deal with the St. Louis Blues.
D Tom Gilbert signed a 1 year, $1.400 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed F Sam Carrick and F Pierre-Cedric Larie to 1 year contracts.
F Jason Chimera signed a 2 year, $2.250 million contract with the New York Islanders.
G Chad Johnson signed a 1 year, $1.700 million deal with the Calgary Flames.
D Ben Lovejoy signed a 3 year, $2.666 million AAV deal with the New Jersey Devils.
C Casey Bailey signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.
LW Matt Lorito signed a 2 year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
F Chris Stewart signed a 2 year, $1.150 million AAV contract with the Minnesota Wild.
F Jamie McGinn signed a 3 year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Coyotes (worth $3.300 million AAV).
F Vernon Fiddler has signed a 1 year, $1.250 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.
D Adam Clendening signed a $600,000 contract with the New York Rangers, worth $300,000 at the AHL level.
D David Warsofsky signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The San Jose Sharks signed D David Schlemko to a 4 year contract worth $2.100 million AAV.
D Klas Dahlbeck signed a 1 year, $750,000 contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
F Max McCormick signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.
F Dale Weise signed a 4 year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers worth $2.350 million AAV.
D Cameron Gaunce signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
D Zach Trotman signed a $650,000 contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
G Jonas Gustavsson signed a 1 year contract worth $800,000 with the Edmonton Oilers.
F Viktor Stalberg signed a 1 year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
F Christian Thomas signed a 1 year deal with the Washington Capitals.
D Chad Ruhwedel signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
D Jamie McBain signed a two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
F Michael Chaput signed a two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
G Al Montoya signed a 1 year, $950,000 deal with the Montreal Canadiens.
F Shawn Matthias signed a 2 year deal with the Winnipeg Jets worth $2.125 million AAV.
F Andy Miele signed a 1 year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
F Devante Smith-Pelly signed a 2 year deal with the New Jersey Devils worth $1.300 million AAV.
D Matt Irwin signed a 2 year deal with the Nashville Predators.
F Andrew Miller signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
F Alexander Radulov signed a 1 year, $5.750 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
The New Jersey Devils signed D Jon Merrill to a 2 year contract.
D Dan Hamhuis signed a 2 year contract with the Dallas Stars worth $3.750 million AAV.
G Jeff Zatkoff signed a 2 year, $900,000 AAV deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
The New Jersey Devils re-signed F Beau Bennett to a 1 year contract worth $725,000 (they had acquired him at the NHL Draft).
F Michael Grabner and the New York Rangers agreed to terms on a 2 year contract worth $1.600 million AAV.
The Colorado Avalanche signed D Ryan Stanton and F Turner Elson to two-way contracts.
D Zach Redmond signed a 2 year, $1.225 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
F Nathan Gerbe signed a deal with the New York Rangers.
F Boyd Gordon and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to a 1 year contract, worth $950,000.
F Michael Latta signed a 1 year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
F Andrew Agozzino signed a 1 year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
D Chad Billins signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
F Lee Stempniak signed a 2 year, $2.5 million AAV contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Ottawa Senators signed F Chad Nehring to a 1 year, two-way contract.
F Pat Cannone signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
D Patrick Wiercioch signed a 1 year, $800,000 deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
C Joe Colborne signed a 2 year, $2.500 million AAV contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
D Fedor Tyutin signed a 1 year, $2 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
D Ian McCoshen signed an Entry-Level Contract with the Florida Panthers.
RW Brett Connolly signed a 1 year, $850,000 contract with the Washington Capitals.
D Justin Falk signed a 1 year, $850,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
F Jeremy Morin signed a 1 year, two-way, deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
D Mikhail Sergachev signed a 3 year Entry-Level Contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
F Quinton Howden signed a 1 year, two-way contract worth $650,000 with the Winnipeg Jets.
D Kevin Connauton signed a 2 year deal with the Arizona Coyotes.
F Patrick Eaves signed a 1 year, $1 million contract with the Dallas Stars (re-signed).
F Greg Carey signed a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
D Will O’Neill and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms on a contract.
D Philip Larsen signed a 1 year, $1.025 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
F Michael Bournival signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
F Gabriel Dumont signed a 1 year, two-way contract worth $575,000 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Montreal Canadiens signed LW Daniel Carr to a 2 year contract worth $725,000 AAV.
D Mark Fraser signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
F Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond signed a 1 year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
G Justin Peters signed a 1 year contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
F Matt Martin signed a 4 year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, worth $2.500 million AAV.
G Joe Cannata signed a deal with the Washington Capitals.
D Darren Dietz agreed to terms with the Washington Capitals.
F Thomas Vanek signed a 1 year, $2.600 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
F Ryan White signed a 1 year deal, worth $1.000 million, with the Arizona Coyotes.
F Steve Ott signed a 1 year, $800,000 contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Winnipeg Jets and D Brian Strait agreed to terms on a 1 year, $600,000 contract.
F Mikkel Boedker signed a 4 year contract with the San Jose Sharks.
D Victor Bartley signed a 1 year, two-way contract, worth $650,000 in the NHL/$350,000 in the AHL with the Minnesota Wild.
F Spencer Abbott signed a 1 year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Dallas Stars signed D Andrew Bodnarchuk to a 2 year contract.
D Dustin Stevenson agreed to a 1 year contract with the Dallas Stars.
F Michael Blunden signed a 2 year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.
D Michael Paliotta agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.
D Karl Stollery signed a 1 year, two-way contract, worth $575,000 at the NHL level with the New Jersey Devils.
The Vancouver Canucks signed C Jayson Megna to a 1 year deal.
RW Borna Rendulic signed a 1 year, two-way contact with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Detroit Red Wings signed G Edward Pasquale to a 1 year contract.
F Chris Mueller signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
F Dennis Yan signed a 3 year Entry-Level Contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
D Yannick Weber signed a 1 year contract with the Nashville Predators.
F Riley Nash signed a 2 year contract, worth $900,000 AAV with the Boston Bruins.
G Jeremy Smith signed a 1 year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Colorado Avalanche also agreed to terms with F Jim O’Brien, F Mike Sislo and F Joe Whitney to 1 year deals.
F Reid Petryk and F Trent Vogelhuber signed 2 year deals with the Colorado Avalanche.
RW Carter Camper signed a 1 year, two-way contract, worth $575,000 at the NHL level with the New Jersey Devils.
D Andrew MacWilliam signed a 1 year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils, worth $575,000 at the NHL level.
By: Nick Lanciani
The Lake Erie Monsters are your 2016 Calder Cup champions after sweeping the Hershey Bears in four games in the 2016 Calder Cup Finals. Saturday night’s 1-0 overtime victory sealed the deal for the Monsters as they clinched their first Calder Cup in franchise history (and first Calder Cup championship for the Cleveland region since the Cleveland Barons won their ninth Calder Cup in 1964).
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the game winning goal with seconds remaining in the first sudden death overtime period. His 10th goal of the postseason and third overtime game-winner, Bjorkstrand was named the recipient of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of this year’s Calder Cup playoffs.
He had 10-6-16 totals in 17 games en route to becoming an AHL champion and is a third round selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Lukas Sedlak and Zach Werenski had the primary and secondary assists on Bjorkstrand’s game-winning goal.
Anton Forsberg had a 23 save shutout in front of a sold out home crowd at the Quicken Loans Arena, while Justin Peters stopped 32 out of 33 shots faced for the Bears in the loss.
With the conclusion of the Calder Cup Finals, thus concludes the AHL’s 80th season as a league in operation since 1936. Fun fact for you hockey history buffs, the American Hockey League originally served as a rival professional league of the NHL in its first season of existence, until the NHL made the AHL sign an affiliation agreement becoming the official minor league of the NHL the following season.
The Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets and show promising depth throughout the organization heading into next season. Hershey had a good season showing as an annual powerhouse of the AHL as the affiliate of the Washington Capitals.
By: Nick Lanciani
Do you believe in Cleveland?
While Steph Curry might be crushing your dreams in the 2016 NBA Finals (and as a blog founded in Charlotte, NC we’re okay with that— we can be impartial when it comes to sports outside of hockey, right?), the Lake Erie Monsters are one win away from breaking Cleveland’s long awaited championship curse in professional sports.
They might be a minor league team, but they’re a major league team in your hearts, Ohio. Especially when you guys have to watch Columbus Blue Jackets games every now and then (okay, that was a low blow- I apologize).
But on Monday night, the Monsters defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 in overtime in Game 3 of the 2016 Calder Cup Finals and took a 3-0 series lead.
Anton Forsberg made 17 saves on 19 shots against in goal for Lake Erie en route to the win, while Justin Peters stopped 25 of 28 shots on goal for Hershey in the loss.
Ryan Stanton kicked off the game’s scoring at 2:07 of the 1st period with his 3rd goal of the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. Carter Camper and Riley Barber picked up the assists on the goal that made it a 1-0 game for Hershey early in the first period. Stanton’s goal marked just the second time in the series that the Bears had a 1-0 lead.
But Oliver Bjorkstrand continued his fantastic play in the series and fired a one-timer past Peters to tie the game at 1-1, over four minutes after Hershey opened the scoring. Bjorkstrand’s 8th of the postseason was assisted by Lukas Sedlak and Brett Gallant at 6:44 of the first period and was the first of two goals on the night for Bjorkstrand.
After twenty minutes of play, the game was tied 1-1. Lake Erie led in shots on goal 11-6 after the first period and looked to capitalize on their home ice advantage coming out of the first intermission.
Daniel Zaar scored the go ahead go for the Monsters on the power play at 18:13 of the 2nd period. Dean Kukan and Alex Broadhurst recorded the primary and secondary assists on Zaar’s 7th goal of the playoffs.
But Lake Erie could not maintain a 2-1 lead for long, as the Bears found a way to tie the game almost 50 seconds later.
Dustin Gazley fired a shot past Forsberg’s glove and made it a 2-2 game with one minute remaining in the second period. The goal was Gazley’s 4th of the playoffs and was assisted by Zach Sill and Ryan Bourque at 19:00 of the 2nd.
Lake Erie continued to lead in the shots on goal department 20-13 at the end of forty minutes of play.
A scoreless third period resulted in a necessary sudden death overtime that would only last 1:20 when Bjorkstrand secured the win with a game winning goal. His 9th goal of the postseason, Bjorkstrand’s goal was assisted by Zach Werenski and Steve Eminger.
With the win, the Lake Erie Monsters have a 3-0 series lead heading into Game 4 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
While their arena roommates, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are at home battling the Golden State Warriors for the 2016 NBA Championship, the Monsters will be getting ready for Saturday’s chance at Cleveland’s first AHL championship since the 1964 Cleveland Barons won the Calder Cup.
A win on Saturday would also be Cleveland’s first professional sports league championship since the 1964 Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship Game (pre-Super Bowl era).
Lake Erie has now taken a 3-0 series lead in all four rounds of the Calder Cup Playoffs and is looking to sweep the Hershey Bears, which would provide the franchise with their first Calder Cup Championship in history.
By: Nick Lanciani
The Lake Erie Monsters defeated the Hershey Bears 5-3 on Friday night in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals on road ice at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Monsters goalie, Anton Forsberg made 27 saves on 30 shots against in the win, while Justin Peters managed just 24 saves on 28 shots faced for the loss. Lake Erie now leads the series 2-0.
Zach Werenski kicked off scoring just 3:05 into the first period with a power play goal that gave Lake Erie a 1-0 lead on an impressive snipe from the 18-year-old defenseman.
The goal was Werenski’s 5th of the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs and was assisted by Ryan Craig and T.J. Tynan.
After one period the Bears lead in shots on goal 10-9, despite trailing to the Monsters 1-0 on the scoreboard.
Oliver Bjorkstrand made it a 2-0 game for the Monsters almost four and a half minutes into the second period with his 6th goal of the playoffs. Markus Hannikainen had the only assist on Bjorkstrand’s goal at 4:29 of the period.
Hershey cut Lake Erie’s lead in half on a power play goal from Zach Sill at 8:48 of the second period. Sill found his own rebound and powered it behind Forsberg for the goal. Carter Camper and Aaron Ness were credited with the primary and secondary assists on Sill’s 6th goal of the postseason. The Bears had now made it a one goal game, albeit trailing 2-1.
But it seemed as though just as quickly the Bears got back into the game the Monsters pulled away once again shortly thereafter. Actually, it didn’t seem that way– it was that way.
Lukas Sedlak added his 9th of the playoffs at 13:51 of the period and put Lake Erie back up by two. Kerby Rychel and Hannikainen picked up the assists on Sedlak’s goal, which made it 3-1 Monsters heading into the second intermission.
Hershey, again, outshot Lake Erie 13-7 in the second period, despite trailing 3-1 on the scoreboard after forty minutes of play.
Bjorkstrand picked up his 2nd goal of the night with a power play goal at 2:04 of the third period. Michael Chaput and Daniel Zaar assisted on Bjorkstrand’s 7th goal of the playoffs. With the goal, the Monsters were ahead by the same margin of victory in Game 1 (4-1).
But Tyler Lewington had other plans for the Monsters as he worked his way past Lake Erie’s defense and snapped one past Forsberg for his 4th of postseason. Chris Bourque and Ness assisted on the goal that made it a 4-2 game at 9:57 with plenty of time left in the third period for Hershey to make things interesting.
Lexington’s goal provided just enough momentum for the Bears to start to swing things their way as Liam O’Brien picked up his 4th playoff goal on a no look pass from Aaron Ness. Travis Boyd was also credited with an assist on O’Brien’s goal at 11:51 of the third.
In a close 4-3 battle the Monsters held the Bears off long enough for Hershey to make the tough decision of pulling Justin Peters with 1:01 to go in regulation for an extra attacker.
Despite their man advantage, the Bears were unable to tie the game and force overtime as Zaar crushed Hershey’s remaining hopes and dreams in Game 2 with an empty net goal at 18:59 of the period. Craig and Chaput added assists on Zaar’s 6th goal of the postseason.
At the final horn, Lake Erie had won 5-3 and outshot Hershey 13-7 in the third period. With a 2-0 series lead as a result of Friday’s win, the Monsters are hungry for more on home ice in Games 3 and 4. If necessary, Game 5 is also in Lake Erie, so momentum could be vastly on their side should they slip up in one of the next two games.
For Hershey, the loss was bittersweet– unlike their chocolate in town– but they have history on their side, as the last team to win the Calder Cup after trailing 2-0 in the series in 2010 against the Texas Stars. That Bears team was also the only team in Calder Cup history to win it all after dropping their first two games on home ice.
Friday’s loss was also the first back-to-back loss for Hershey since March 19-20th (and first consecutive losses at home since January 17th and 25th).
Game 3 is scheduled for Monday night at 7:00 PM ET in Lake Erie, where the Monsters stand a chance to go up 3-0 in the series.
Down the Frozen River is now covering the AHL! If you don’t know what the AHL is I will let you know! The AHL (American Hockey League) is called the minor league. The reason why it is called this is because it is a level below the NHL (National Hockey League). Each team in the NHL and the AHL are affiliated with each other. This means that every single NHL team signs a contract with an AHL team. A player can either be called up by the NHL team or sent down to the AHL team during the season as well.
Both the Hershey Bears and the Lake Erie Monsters will begin their quest for the 2016 AHL Calder Cup. It features the Bears (who’s NHL affiliate is the Washington Capitals) out of the East Coast and the Monsters (who are affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets) out of the West Coast. This is the Bears first appearance in the finals since the 2009-2010 season when they won it all beating the Texas Stars 4 games to 2. While this is Lake Erie’s first Calder Cup Final appearance in franchise history.
The game started out with both teams gaining equal chances but no one could get the momentum they needed to score. This would change with just 4:28 into the opening frame. Lake Erie would gain the puck at their own blue line, center T.J. Tynan would receive a beautiful stretch pass. Tynan would go in all alone on a breakaway from the attacking blue line in. Tynan would skate right into the slot fake a slap shot and opened up to his forehand trying to go upstairs for the goal. Well, Bears goalie Justin Peters was having none of this and stretched out with his left pad to rob Tynan with the tip of his pad. This save kept the game scoreless.
Lake Erie was all over Hershey front to back controlling most of the first period. This relentless pressure resulted in the Monsters second prime scoring chance of the first period.
with 7:28 into the period Monsters winger Sonny Milano would make a great defensive play Bears defender Ryan Stanton at the right dot just outside Hershey’s zone. Milano picked pocketed the puck right off Stanton’s stick and went in all alone for their second breakaway of the period. Milano would fancy his luck opting to go to his right just like Tynan did before. The result was the same for Milano and Peters stood tall and stopped his shot with his left pad/blocker to keep the game scoreless.
This provided a HUGE boost for the Bears as 3:10 later Hershey would grab the game’s first goal.
Bears winger Chris Bourque would burst into the offensive zone on the right side, stop on a T at the tops of the circle, and skate back up to the tops of the blue line. Bourque would find a cutting Jakub Vrana with a rifle of a pass while Vrana was barreling into the zone. Vrana would receive the pass at the top of the high slot and roof a laser of a wrist shot beating Monsters goalie Anton Forsberg high over his blocker for the 1-0 lead. This was Vrana’s 8th goal of the playoffs tying him for the league lead.
Lake Erie would end the period down a goal which they were not happy about. The Monsters were controlling a majority of the first with a lot of pressure in the o-zone. They also did a solid job limiting the Bears shots to the outside despite giving up the opening goal.
The start of the second period was no different than the start of the first. What I mean by this was that both teams, again, had a couple chances but none of them were big. Both goalies came up big, especially Anton Forsberg of the Monsters.
Finally, after all, the pressure to start the period Lake Erie was able to get past Hershey’s defenders and tie this game up. With just about eight minutes gone in the middle frame, Monsters’ Daniel Zaar would get a pass from fellow linemate Alex Broadhurst in the neutral zone. Zaar would take the tape to tape pass at center ice and speed past Bears defender Tyler Lewington and in on another breakaway. Zaar would speed into the slot and rip a wrister under the glove hand of Justin Peters and just inside the right post for his 4th goal of the playoffs and leveling the score at one goal apiece.
Surprisingly, after Zaar’s goal to tie the game, neither Hershey or Lake Erie were able to gain any momentum back to their side. Both goalies again acted like brick walls and did not let another goal get by them and the middle period ended 1-1.
The start of the third period was much different. The Bears were in on the attack looking for the goal to break the tie. Their pressure paid off as we would get the first penalty of the game just 58 seconds into the third. Monsters center Alex Broadhurst would get called for two minutes after he hooked a Bears player. This sent Hershey to their first PP of the game but was unable to break the deadlock after some solid saves from Forsberg.
Then just about four minutes and change later Lake Erie would grab the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal thanks to winger Trent Vogelhuber. Captain Ryan Craig would feed Vogelhuber behind Hershey’s net. Vogelhuber would corral the pass, skate behind the net, and come out from behind the right side of the net. He would skate right to the right dot, turn around, and whip (what looked like to be a harmless shot) on net. The puck took a deflection off Bears defender Aaron Ness’ stick and through the 5 hole of Justin Peters for the 2-1 lead.
The play would then settle down for the next five minutes of play as both teams settle down into their roles. Lake Erie defending and Hershey pressing for that tying goal.
Hershey would go back to their second and last man advantage of the game as winger Josh Anderson got the gate for roughing. Hershey would once again, gain a little momentum with a flurry of shots but the Monsters were able to kill off the pressure.
Then with 6:27 remaining in the last period the Monsters were back on the offensive prowl and tallied a very important insurance goal. Bears defender Ryan Stanton looked to keep the puck, step around the forecheck and start a rush from his own zone. This was a bad idea as Lake Erie’s first goal scorer Daniel Zaar would make another beautiful defensive pick and steal the puck right from Stanton’s stick at the left-hand dot. Zaar would then be all alone for a small breakaway where he took full advantage. Bears goalie Justin Peters looked to poke check the puck away but failed. In doing this, he opened up his 5 hole and Zaar finessed the puck right through his legs for the two-goal lead at 3-1. This was Zaar’s second goal of the game.
Just 1:36 later the Monsters would strike again! Lake Erie’s winger Oliver Bjorkstrand would feed the puck over to D-man Dean Kukan at the right side blue line. Kukan would put a helpless wrister towards the net that was deflected by winger Markus Hannikainen in the slot and sneaked past Justin Peters for the 4-1 lead with just four minutes. The Bears were unable to muster any offensive after this deflecting goal and the score ended with the Monsters’ easily taking the game 4-1.
Lake Erie’s goalie Anton Forsberg stopped 26 out of 27 shots for a stunning .963 SV% while Hershey’s goalie Justin Peters turned away 22 out of 26 shots for a terrible .846 SV%. The Bears led in shots (27-26). There were only 2 penalties in the game with both of them going to Lake Erie. The Bears were 0/2 on the man advantage while the Monsters did not get a chance.
Lake Erie now leads the series 1-0. These two teams will suit up again Friday night for Game 2 in Hershey with puck drop at 7 pm.
Recapping all of the signings from the entire day. Updated as necessary when newer deals are signed. Everything that is known is shown.
Christian Ehrhoff signed a 1 year deal worth $4 million with PIT.
Manny Malhotra signed a 1 year deal worth $850,000 with MTL.
Jori Lehtera signed a 2 year deal with STL.
Mark Fayne signed a 4 year deal worth $3.625 million a year with EDM.
Benoit Pouliot signed a 5 year deal worth $4 million a year with EDM.
Chad Johnson signed a 2 year deal worth $1.3 million a year with the NYI.
Milan Michalek signed a 3 year deal worth $4 million a year with OTT. (Resigned)
Petr Mrazek signed a 1 year deal with DET. (Resigned)
Paul Stastny signed a 4 year deal worth $7 million a year with STL.
Mike Camalleri signed a 5 year a deal worth $5 million a year with NJ.
Justin Peters signed a 2 year deal with WSH.
Tom Gilbert signed a 2 year deal worth $2.8 million a year with MTL.
Brad Malone signed a 2 year deal with CAR.
Jussi Jokinen signed a 4 year deal worth $4 million a year with FLA.
Mason Raymond signed a 3 year deal worth $3.167 million a year with CGY.
Dan Boyle signed a 2 year deal worth $4.5 a year with NYR.
Jiri Sekac signed a 2 year deal worth with MTL.
Dave Bolland signed a 5 year deal worth $5.5 million a year with FLA.
Clayton Stoner signed a 4 year deal worth $3.25 million a year with ANA.
Mike Weaver signed a 1 year deal worth $1.75 million with MTL. (Resigned)
Joe Vitale signed a 3 year deal worth $1.117 million a year with ARI.
Ryan Miller signed a 3 year deal worth $6 million a year with VAN.
Al Montoya signed a 2 year deal worth $1.050 million a year with FLA.
Anders Lindback signed a 1 year deal with DAL.
Ales Hemsky signed a 3 year deal worth $4 million a year with DAL.
Blake Comeau signed a 1 year deal worth $700K with PIT.
Thomas Greiss signed a 1 year deal worth $1 million with PIT.
Jeremy Gregoire signed a 3 year deal with MTL.
Brian Gionta signed a 3 year deal worth $4.25 million a year with BUF.
Brooks Orpik signed a 5 year deal worth $5.5 million a year with WSH.
Keith Aulie signed a 1 year deal worth $800,000 with EDM.
Mathieu Perreault signed a 3 year deal worth $3 million a year with WPG.
Shawn Thornton signed a 2 year deal worth $1.2 million a year with FLA.
Jonas Hiller signed a 2 year deal worth $4.5 million a year with CGY.
Adam Larsson signed a 1 year deal with NJ (Resigned).
Thomas Vanek signed a 3 year deal worth $6.5 million a year with MIN.
Stephane Robidas signed a 3 year deal worth $3 million a year with TOR.
Dominic Moore signed a 2 year deal worth $1.5 million a year with NYR. (Resigned)
Tanner Glass signed a 3 year deal worth $1.45 million a year with NYR.
Mike Kostka signed a deal with NYR.
Bruno Gervais signed a 1 year deal with COL.
Nick Holden signed a 3 year deal worth $1.65 million a year with COL. (Resigned)
Derek Mackenzie signed a deal with FLA.
Brett Sutter signed a two way deal with MIN.
Matt Moulson signed a 5 year deal worth $5 million a year with BUF.
Martin Havlat signed a 1 year deal worth $1.5 million with NJ.
Phil McRae signed a 1 year, two way, deal with STL.
Brett Regner signed a 1 year, two way, deal with STL.
Cody McCormick signed a 3 year deal worth $4.5 million with BUF. (Resigned)
Nick Drazenovic signed a 2 year deal worth $550K with PIT. (Resigned)
Marcus Foligno signed a 2 year deal with BUF. (Resigned)
Jarome Iginla signed a 3 year deal worth $5.333 million a year with COL.
Leo Komarov signed a 4 year, $2.95 million contract with TOR.
Jiri Tlusty signed a 1 year, $2.95 million deal with CAR. (Resigned)
Peter Regin signed a 1 year $650K deal with CHI.
Anton Stralman signed a 5 year deal worth $4.5 million per year with TB.
Steve Bernier signed a 1 year, $600K deal with NJ. (Resigned)
Mike Angelids signed a 1 year, two way, contract with TB. (Resigned)
Chris Mueller signed a deal with the NYR.
Deryk Engelland signed a 3 year deal, worth $2.9 million a year with CGY.
Cody Bass signed a 1 year contract with CHI.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie signed a 1 year deal with CHI.
Scott Darling signed a 1 year with CHI.
Steven Kampfer signed a two-way contract with the NYR.
Kevin Porter signed a two-way contract with DET.
Jesse Winchester signed a 2 year deal with COL.
Scott Clemmensen signed a 1 year, two-way, deal with NJ.
Mike Blunden signed a two-way deal, worth $600K, with TB.
Andrej Meszaros signed a 1 year, $4.125 million, contract with BUF.
Ray Emery signed a 1 year, $1 million, contract with PHI. (Resigned)
Ron Zepp signed a 1 year, two-way, contract with PHI.
Matt Hunwick signed a 1 year deal, worth $600K, with the NYR.
Devan Dubnyk signed a 1 year deal, worth $800K, with ARI.
Luke Gazdic signed a 2 year deal with EDM. (Resigned)
Adam Cracknell signed a 1 year contract with LA.
David Van Der Gulik signed a 1 year contract with LA.
Brad Richards signed a 1 year, $2 million, deal with CHI.
Cedrick Desjardins signed a contract with the NYR.
Matt Niskanen signed a 7 year contract worth $40.25 million ($5.75 million a year) with WSH.
Willie Mitchell signed a 2 year deal, worth $4.25 million a year, with FLA.
Patrick Eaves signed a 1 year deal with DAL.
Joey MacDonald signed a 1 year, two- way, contract with MTL.
Brian Boyle signed a 3 year contract, worth $2 million a year, with TB.
Jon Landry signed a 1 year, two-way, contract with WSH.
Mike Moore signed a 1 year, two-way, contract with WSH.
Chris Breen signed a 1 year, two-way, deal (worth $600K NHL/$175K AHL) with BOS.
Stu Bickel has signed a 1 year, two-way, contract with MIN.
Marcel Goc signed a 1 year, $1.2 million, deal with PIT. (Resigned)
Matt Frattin signed a 2 year deal with TOR. (Resigned)
Evgeny Nabokov signed a 1 year deal with TB.
Taylor Chorney signed a 1 year, two- way, contract with PIT.
Drew MacIntyre signed a 1 year, two-way, (worth $600K if in the NHL) contract with CAR.
Harry Zolnierczyk signed a 1 year, two-way, $600K deal with the NYI.
Guillaume Gelinas signed an entry level contract with MIN.
Cory Conacher signed a 1 year contract with the NYI.
Jason LaBarbera signed a 1 year contract with ANA.
Zach Redmond signed a 2 year deal with COL.
Ben Street signed a 2 year deal with COL.
Kyle Quincey signed a 2 year, $4.25 per year, deal with DET. (Resigned)
Jack Skille signed a two-way deal with the NYI.
Chris Conner signed a 1 year, two-way, contract with WSH.
For a complete and official list of Free Agent signings, check out this.