NHL free agency: Day 1 roundup
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise’s NHL club addresses didn’t change on Sunday.
They’re still out there (see story)
In fact, the biggest signing on the first day of free agency was the re-signing of a prominent player.
After turning down a 10-year, $60 million offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins more than a week earlier, Jordan Staal re-signed for the same money as a Carolina Hurricane.
In other words, Staal was being as honest as we suspected in saying he wanted to be able to play with his brother Erik -- not to extract more money in free agency.
Pittsburgh accommodated his wishes with a trade at the draft and then Staal helped out new general manager Jim Rutherford on the contract.
Elsewhere around the NHL, the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings re-signed Dustin Penner to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million.
The biggest change of scenery signing was PA Parenteau leaving the dreadful Islanders to play for the Avalanche, signing a 4-year, $16 million contract. Colorado is an up-and-coming franchise.
The Detroit Red Wings signed former Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year contract worth $3 million. The "Monster's" rights were traded to Winnipeg at the draft last weekend.
Detroit also penned Jordin Tootoo (Nashville) to a 3-year, $5.7 million deal.
Florida’s Jason Garrison, a player the Flyers could have sorely used if Matt Carle doesn’t re-sign, signed a 6-year, $27.6 million contract with Vancouver. He's off the market.
Phoenix took a chance in upgrading its forward unit, signing oft-injured right wing David Moss to a two-year, $4 million deal, while Carolina signed defenseman Joe Corvo -- no stranger to 'Canes fans -- to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Minnesota added some toughness, signing Zenon Konopka to a two-year, $1.85 million deal.
Ray Whitney, a terrific, veteran setup man with Phoenix, went to the Dallas Stars, signing a two-year, $9 million contract.
The Rangers got weaker up front as Montreal signed former New York defenseman Brandon Prust to a four-year, $10 million contract. The Canadiens were very active with four free agent signings.
And finally, Arron Asham signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Rangers. He will now have played for every club in the Atlantic Division.
Quite a feat, really.E-mail Tim Panaccio at firstname.lastname@example.org