* The NHL’s free-agency period began on July 1 and with so many players involved in hockey’s version of musical chairs, at times it can be difficult to keep track of all of the movement. Here is a list of the biggest signings/trades that have taken place over the first seven days.
Old Faces in New Places:
Jay Bouwmeester — Traded to & then signed with Calgary (from Florida)
Jordan Leopold — Traded to & then signed with Florida (from Calgary)
Scott Gomez — Traded to Montreal from NY Rangers
Christopher Higgins — Traded to NY Rangers from Montreal
Mattias Ohlund — Signed with Tampa (from Vancouver)
Colton Orr — Signed with Toronto (from NY Rangers)
Craig Anderson — Signed with Colorado (from Florida)
Marian Hossa — Signed with Chicago (from Detroit)
Ty Conklin — Signed with St. Louis (from Detroit)
Matt Walker — Signed with Tampa (from Chicago)
Dwayne Roloson — Signed with NY Islanders (from Edmonton)
Tomas Kopecky — Signed with Chicago (from Detroit)
Steve Montador — Signed with Buffalo (from Boston)
Mike Knuble — Signed with Washington (from Philadelphia)
Donald Brashear — Signed with NY Rangers (from Washington)
Brian Boucher — Signed with Philadelphia (from San Jose)
Jaroslav Spacek — Signed with Montreal (from Buffalo)
Nikolai Khabibulin — Signed with Edmonton (from Chicago)
Scott Clemmensen — Signed with Florida (from New Jersey)
Ian Laperriere — Signed with Philadelphia (from Colorado)
Michael Rupp — Signed with Pittsburgh (from New Jersey)
Hal Gill — Signed with Montreal (from Pittsburgh)
Mike Cammalleri — Signed with Montreal (from Calgary)
Pavel Kubina — Traded to Atlanta from Toronto
Garnet Exelby — Traded to Toronto from Atlanta
Greg Zanon — Signed with Minnesota (from Nashville)
Vernon Fiddler — Signed with Phoenix (from Nashville)
Mike Komisarek — Signed with Toronto (from Montreal)
Steve Begin — Signed with Boston (from Dallas)
Samuel Pahlsson — Signed with Columbus (from Chicago)
Mathieu Garon — Signed with Columbus (from Pittsburgh)
Marian Gaborik — Signed with NY Rangers (from Minnesota)
Brian Gionta — Signed with Montreal (from New Jersey)
John Madden — Signed with Chicago (from New Jersey)
Fredrik Sjostrom — Signed with Calgary (from NY Rangers)
Jason LaBarbera — Signed with Phoenix (from Vancouver)
Martin Havlat — Signed with Minnesota (from Chicago)
Nikolai Antropov — Signed with Atlanta (from NY Rangers)
Adrian Aucoin — Signed with Phoenix (from Calgary)
Karlis Skrastins — Signed with Dallas (from Florida)
Rob Scuderi — Signed with Los Angeles (from Pittsburgh)
Mikael Samuelsson — Signed with Vancouver (from Detroit)
Shane Hnidy — Signed with Minnesota (from Boston)
Ryan Smyth — Traded to Los Angeles from Colorado
Tom Preissing — Traded to Colorado from Los Angeles
Kyle Quincey — Traded to Colorado from Los Angeles
Tyler Arnason — Signed with NY Rangers (from Colorado)
Andrew Raycroft — Signed with Vancouver (from Colorado)
Alex Kovalev — Signed with Ottawa (from Montreal)
Jeff Taffe — Signed with Florida (from Pittsburgh)
Francois Beauchemin — Signed with Toronto (from Anaheim)
Jonas Gustavsson — Signed with Toronto (from Swedish Elite League)
Jeff Woywitka — Signed with Dallas (from St. Louis)
Stephane Veilleux — Signed with Tampa (from Minnesota)
Dany Sabourin — Signed with Boston (from Edmonton)
* Calling it quits…Next year: Both Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne and Boston’s Mark Recchi signed one-year deals this past week and then promptly revealed that next season will be their last in the NHL.
* Hero on the shelf: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Maxime Talbot underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder Tuesday, and his recovery is expected to take four to five months. The 25-year-old, who scored both goals in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 victory over Detroit in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, had played through the injury “for quite a while” according to GM Ray Shero. Talbot will miss training camp and the start of next season.
* “For how good the hockey team is and I really believe it has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. With the addition of (Marian) Hossa and the experience last year, it’s a group with a lot of skill and talent and hungry kids who want the Cup. They have all the elements of making a run at it for this year and years to come. I had no problem giving up security for a chance to win. Something the team needed was my experience and someone to do the job I’ve done with the Devils for the last nine years; I’ll do anything to help the team win.” — John Madden has high hopes after signing a one-year deal to play in Chicago.
* “It’s not the first trade for me. It’s just part of the life, the way I look at it. I don’t look at it like, ‘Oh, they didn’t sign me, I’m going to try to do damage (to them).’” — Alex Kovalev after leaving Montreal (who replaced him with Brian Gionta) to sign with Ottawa.
* “Nowhere, he’s an Ottawa Senator.” — Ottawa GM Bryan Murray in response to where Dany Heatley (who publicly requested a trade) is going.
* “I am very excited to be able to retire a Philadelphia Flyer and I am looking forward to many years with the Flyers logo on my chest.” — The newest Broad Street Bully, Chris Pronger meets the Philadelphia media after inking a seven-year extension.
Material from personal interviews, wire services, newspaper, and league and team sources was used in this report.
Dan Rice covers the New Jersey Devils & NHL for NYCSportsnetwork.com is a contributor to Maxhockey.com & IslesNation.com