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Free Agency Notes: Rangers, Islanders, Devils and more

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New York Rangers Notes

  • The New York Rangers have retained veteran center and 2014 Bill Masterson Trophy recipient Dominic Moore with a reported two-year contract on Tuesday’s opening day of free agency.
  •  The Chicago Blackhawks have signed center Brad Richards. Richards earned $9 million last season in the midst of a lucrative nine- year deal he signed with the New York Rangers in July of 2011. For the upcoming season, however, the 34-year-old pivot will receive a reported $2 million with a no-movement clause included.

  • The Edmonton Oilers were active at the outset of free agency, signing forward Benoit Pouliot on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Pouliot is coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Finals with the New York Rangers, his fifth team in as many seasons. He compiled 15 goals and 21 assists in 80 games for the Blueshirts, adding five goals and 10 points in 25 playoff contests.

  • The New York Rangers agreed to terms with veteran free agent defenseman Dan Boyle on Tuesday. Boyle, who turns 38 on July 12, inked a contract reportedly to be for two years and worth $9 million.

  • Additionally, the defending Eastern Conference champions added to their forward depth by agreeing to terms with wing Tanner Glass, with reporting the deal to be worth $4.35 million over three years.

New York Islanders Notes

  • The New York Islanders solidified their situation in net on Tuesday, signing backup goaltender Chad Johnson to a two- year deal. Johnson inked a contract reportedly worth $2.6 million with New York where he’ll likely serve as the second option to Jaroslav Halak.

New Jersey Devils Notes

  • The New Jersey Devils added some offense at Tuesday’s start of NHL free agency, signing unrestricted free agent forward Mike Cammalleri to a five-year deal. The 32-year-old winger joins the Devils on a deal reportedly worth $25 million, according to New Jersey hopes Cammalleri can bolster an offense which ranked 27th in the NHL in scoring (2.40 goals per game) during the 2013-14 season.

  • The New Jersey Devils signed free agent forward Martin Havlat to a one-year deal on Tuesday. As per club policy, New Jersey did not release terms of the deal, but reports revealed that Havlat agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Devils. The signing comes on the heels of New Jersey’s five-year, $25 million agreement with free agent Mike Cammalleri on Tuesday.

Buffalo Sabres Notes

  • The Buffalo Sabres added veteran spice to a rebuilding franchise on Tuesday afternoon, signing former Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta to a three-year deal and forward Matt Moulson to a multi- year contract. No financial terms were disclosed, but Gionta’s pact is reportedly worth $12.75 million, while Moulson is in line to receive $25 million over five years according to multiple sources.


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