Free Agency in Caps new division

Free Agency in Caps new division
July 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Capitals did make any blockbuster signings in the opening hours of free agency Friday, but there were no shortage of signings within the Capitals' new division.

Below is a look at some of the early movement within the 'East 2' division (NHL yet to announce an official name).

CAROLINA HURRICANES:

The Hurricanes added some depth on their blue line with the signing of veteran defenseman Mike Komisarek to a one-year, $700,000 deal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs bought Komisarek out last week of the final year of a five-year, $22.5 million deal he originally signed in 2009.

Komisarek appeared in just four games with the Maple Leafs before clearing waivers and joining the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

The Blue Jackets may have made the biggest splash on Friday with the signing of former Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million deal.

Horton finished second in playoff scoring last spring with 19 points in 22 games and was a league-best plus-20 during the postseason.

The 28-year-old should strengthen a Blue Jackets offense that ranked 25th in the NHL last season with an average of 2.4 goals-per-game.  Columbus missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season, but with the Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky having re-signed for two years, the thought is that if the Blue Jackets can add some offensive punch, they could be a playoff team as early as next season.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS:

A day after re-signing veteran forward Patrick Elias to a three-year, $16.5 million deal, the Devils signed power forward Ryan Clowe to a five-year $24.5 million contract.

Clowe split last season with the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers and finished the year with three goals, 19 points and 93 penalty minutes in 40 games.

The 30-year-old suffered a concussion last season and appeared in just two of the Rangers' 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Devils though were unable to retain former 30-goal scorer David Clarkson, who signed a seven-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 NEW YORK ISLANDERS:

Evgeni Nabokov helped lead the Islanders last season to their first playoff appearance since 2007 and the club rewarded him Friday with a one-year, $3.25 million deal.

The 37-year-old Nabokov went 23-11-7 last season with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .910 save percentage.

The Islanders also signed former Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a one-year, $2 million deal and former Ottawa Senators forward Peter Regin to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

NEW YORK RANGERS:

As of 2:00 p.m., the Rangers had not signed any unrestricted free agents.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:

A week after the Flyers exercised one of their compliance buyouts on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, general manager Paul Holmgren signed Ray Emery to a one-year, $1.65 million deal.

Emery went 17-1-0 with the Chicago Blackhawks last season with a 1.94 goals-against-average and .922 save percentage. The 30-year-old went 16-11-1 in 29 games with the Flyers in 2009-10.

Emery is expected to split time in goal next season with Steve Mason. The Flyers also signed goalie Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way deal. Danis spent much of the past two years with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

Two days after signing defenseman Kris Letang to an eight-year extension, the Penguins welcomed a familiar face back to their blue line in Rob Scuderi.

The Penguins signed Scuderi Friday to a four-year, $13.5 million deal. The 34-year-old won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009 and spent the past four years with the Los Angeles Kings.