Free Agent Frenzy: Busy day in Metropolitan Division

Free Agent Frenzy: Busy day in Metropolitan Division
July 1, 2014, 4:30 pm
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While the Capitals addressed their need for a backup goalie with the signing of Justin Peters and shored up their blue line by bringing in Brooks Orpik, Washington’s co-occupants in the Metropolitan Division were also busy on the first day of free agency.

Signings are as of 4:30 p.m.

CAROLINA HURRICANES:

F: JIRI TLUSTY: 1-YEAR; $2.95 MILLION

C: BRAD MALONE: 2-YEARS; $1.3 MILLION

Tlusty was a restricted free agent and had 16 goals and 30 points in 68 games last season. Tlusty’s best season came during the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign during which he had career-highs of 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games while playing primarily on Carolina’s No.1 line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin.

Malone has four goals and nine points in 54 career games with the Colorado Avalanche, and could take over as Carolina’s fourth line center with Manny Malhotra have signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens.


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

NO SIGNINGS:


NEW JERSEY DEVILS:

F: MIKE CAMMALLERI: 5-YEARS; $25 MILLION

Cammalleri had a team-high 26 goals in 63 games last season with the Calgary Flames and should provide an offensive boost for a Devils team that struggled to find the back of the net last season.

New Jersey finished 27th in overall scoring with an average of 2.4 goals-per-game, and 29th in 5-on-5 scoring with 128 goals in 82 games (only the Buffalo Sabres scored fewer 5-on-5 goals).

Former Devils defenseman Mark Fayne signed a four-year, $14 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Fayne had four goals and 11 points in 72 games last season.


NEW YORK ISLANDERS:

G: CHAD JOHNSON: 2-YEARS; $2.6 MILLION

D: T.J. BRENNAN: 1-YEAR; $600,000

Johnson is coming off an impressive season with the Boston Bruins where he went 17-4-3 with a 2.10 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage as Tuukka Rask’s backup. Johnson agreed on a two-year deal with the Islanders, where he will team with former Caps goalie Jaroslav Halak to give New York a formidable goaltending tandem.

The Islanders acquired Halak’s rights from the Capitals in May for a fourth round draft pick before signing him to a four-year $18 million deal.

Brennan, 25, won the Eddie Shore Award last season as the American Hockey League’s top defenseman. Brennan led all AHL defensemen with 25 goals and 72 points in 76 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and could see time on an Islanders power play unit that ranked 17th last season. Brennan’s contract is a one-way deal.


NEW YORK RANGERS:

D: DAN BOYLE: 2-YEARS; $9 MILLION

F: TANNER GLASS: 3-YEARS; $4.35 MILLION

F: DOMINIC MOORE: 2-YEARS; $3 MILLION

D: MICHAEL KOSTKA: 1-YEAR; $650,000

Boyle joins the defending Eastern Conference champion Rangers after spending the past six seasons with the San Jose Sharks. Boyle turns 38 later this month and should help fill the void with former Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman signing a five-year $22.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boyle had 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games last season and can also quarterback the Rangers power play.

Former Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot cashed in on the first day of free agency, signing a five-year $20 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Pouliot had 15 goals and a career-high 36 points in 80 games last season with New York.

Pouliot was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft but will be playing for his sixth team in as many years after stops in Minnesota, Montreal, Boston, Tampa Bay and New York.


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

D: CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF: 1-YEAR; $4 MILLION

LW: BLAKE COMEAU: 1-YEAR; $700,000

G: THOMAS GREISS: 1-YEAR; $1 MILLION

Ehrhoff joins the Penguins after having the final seven years of his contract bought out by the Buffalo Sabres and should help fill the void on Pittsburgh’s blue line with Orpik joining Washington and Matt Niskanen hitting the open market.

Ehrhoff’s one-year deal with Pittsburgh should also serve as a bridge for the organization as prospects Derrick Pouliot, Simon Despres and Scott Harrington continue to develop.

Greiss went 10-8-5 with a 2.29 GAA and .920SV% with the Coyotes last year and gives Pittsburgh three goalies under contract for next season along with Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:

RAY EMERY: 1-YEAR; $1 MILLION

Emery was an unrestricted free agent, but the 31-year-old is staying put in Philadelphia where he went 9-12-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .903 SV% as Steve Mason’s backup last season.