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NHL: Niskanen to Caps biggest move on busy day in free agency
NHL » Niskanen signs seven-year, $40.25M contract.


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"There’s a lot of things that happen on free agency day that some teams look back and wonder why they did it," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "There will be a time and place for us to be active in the free agent market, but it’s certainly not now while we’ve committed to our younger players and that’s what we’re going to do."

The Avalanche had quite a turnaround last year with 18-year-old Nathan MacKinnon and on a day they lost a key player, Stastny, they picked up an aging player who has proven he’s still got it.

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Jarome Iginla signed a three-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday, his 37th birthday, with Colorado after the wing had 30 goals to tie for the most in Boston last season. The Avs also acquired a veteran defenseman, Brad Stuart from San Jose, for a second-round pick in two years and a sixth-round selection in 2017.

The Tampa Bay Lightning also were active, landing veteran defensemen Dan Boyle and Anton Stralman to give the team more grit after it was swept in the first round of the playoffs. They also added goaltender Evgeni Nabokov after not having a backup capable of playing well when Ben Bishop was hurt in April.

Mike Cammalleri signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the New Jersey Devils, giving them a desperately needed offensive boost.

Six-plus hours into free agency, some notable players were still available: Dany Heatley, Mike Ribeiro, Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time winningest goalie.

The Detroit Red Wings, who signed restricted free agent forward Riley Sheahan to a $1.9 million, two-year contract, hope to figure out ways in free agency or through trades to improve their team while the 41-year-old Alfredsson decides to play or retire.

"If his back feels good in August, we’ll talk about a one-year deal with him," Holland said. "He’s not going to sign a deal with anyone else."




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