Friday, July 5, 2013

NHL Free Agent Frenzy: Alfredsson, Ference, Emery, Ribeiro, Clowe, Nabakov, Clarkson, Crabb, Ryan Traded, Horton, Nystrom, Filppula and Weiss

Free agents can officially sign with NHL teams as of noon eastern time today, so expect a flurry of activity.  Some of the players in play include Daniel Alfredsson, David Clarkson and Ray Emery.  There is word that Alfredsson is strongly considering the Detroit Red Wings.  As Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted earlier:
UPDATE TO THE ABOVE:  The signing of Daniel Alfredsson by the Detroit Red Wings is official.
Clarkson is from the Toronto area, and has previously expressed that he would like playing in front of his home town crowd.  If Toronto can afford his services, I would expect that Clarkson would be a Maple Leaf for the 2013-14 season.
Some other news and notes of the free agent market opening:

  • Craig Custance of ESPN has confirmed that Andrew Ference has signed a four year deal with the Edmonton Oilers

  • Tim Panaccio of Comcast Sportsnet has now confirmed that Ray Emery has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers

  • Goaltender Evgeni Nabakov has signed a one year deal worth $3.25 million with the New York Islanders according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

  • Per Darren Dreger via Twitter the Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Mike Ribeiro. 

  • According to TSN the New Jersey Devils have agreed to a contract with former New York Ranger Ryane Clowe. Terms of the deal are reportedly five years for $24.25 million.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed former New Jersey Devil David Clarkson to a seven-year deal with an annual cap hit of $5.25 million per season according to the Puck Daddy blog.  
  • Joey Crabb has signed with the Florida Panthers for two years at an annual cap hit of $600,000 according to Pro Hockey Talk. 
  • The Anaheim Ducks have traded Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, prospect Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first round draft pick according to ESPN.  
  • ESPN also reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have signed former Boston Bruin Nathan Horton to a seven-year $37.1 million deal.  According to the ESPN article, in reference to the Blue Jackets' General Manager making this move: "Kekalainen, creating his first major buzz since taking over last winter, said after the season that he hoped to add a hardworking forward who could score goals. Horton fits the mold on both counts."
  • The Nashville Predators have signed forward Eric Nystrom to a four-year, $10 million deal per Pro Hockey Talk.  The 30-year-old Nystrom spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Stars, notching 32 points in 122 regular season games.  
  • Valtteri Filppula was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning according to, to a five-year contract worth $25 million.   
  • Also according to, the Detroit Red Wings have signed former Florida Panther Stephen Weiss.  The Toronto native and former fourth overall NHL draft pick has played his entire NHL career with Florida up until now.  Weiss, who underwent wrist surgery earlier in the year, has notched 394 career regular season point in 654 games.  

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