Posted by Marc Springston
Sunshine State Hockey will be live blogging from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST during the first day of NHL free agency. Stick with us all day for updates on the biggest signings and possible trades.
11:32 AM – We are officially live and just 28 minutes away from the start of free agency. Some early reports indicate that more than eight teams are interested in Joel Ward, including his current team, the Washington Capitals.
11:40 AM – David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports that the Bruins and Red Wings are in the mix for Mike Green. On the trade front, it seems Calgary and Toronto have talked about a deal for Phil Kessel, but nothing incoming yet.
11:45 AM – The Calgary Flames have re-signed goalie Karri Ramo to a one year contract. That takes him off of our top 30 UFA list.
11:52 AM – A highlight reel of the good and bad free agent signings from 2014 is being shown on the NHL Network. Dave Bolland was the first player shown on the bad list.
11:57 AM – The Penguins are currently the front runners for Phil Kessel.
12:00 PM – Free agent frenzy begins now!
12:02 PM – Blackhawks have signed newly acquired forward Artem Anisimov to a five year contract. Anisimov was traded to Chicago in the seven player deal for Brandon Saad.
12:10 PM – Toronto signs Matt Hunwick
12:11 PM – The signings are rolling in. Colorado signs Beauchemin to a three year contract. Goalie Thomas Greiss has signed with the Islanders for two years, $1.5 million per year.
12:14 PM – Adam Pardy re-signs with Winnipeg for one year while Washington signs Taylor Chorney.
12:21 PM – Just a reminder for Panthers fans. Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kopecky, and Brad Boyes are all free agents and will not be brought back to Florida.
12:27 PM – Hearing both Mark Letestu and Andrej Sekera are close to signing with the Edmonton Oilers.
12:38 PM – Paul Martin inks a four year deal with the San Jose Sharks.
12:41 PM – Andrej Sekera and Mark Letestu have signed with the Edmonton Oilers. Sekera will receive $5.5 million per for six years.
12:45 PM – Forward Blake Comeau goes to Colorado for three years. Chicago brings Viktor Tikhonov back to the NHL.
12:47 PM – TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting that Michael Frolik might be heading to Calgary, nothing official yet but it seems to be a long term deal.
12:48 PM – David Pagnotta reporting that Michal Neuvirth has signed with Philadelphia.
12:49 PM – Brad Richardson and Steve Downie have signed with the Arizona Coyotes.
12:51 PM – Panthers seem to be searching for a backup goalie. That market is shrinking fast.
12:54 PM – Phil Kessel has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Kasperi Kapanen, Harrington, and a first round pick.
12:58 PM – Michael Frolik to Calgary is now official.
1:02 PM – Goalie Anders Lindback signs a one year contract with Arizona.
1:05 PM – Panthers quiet so far today. George Richards reporting that Tallon is working on a new contract for Huberdeau.
1:13 PM – Vancouver signs Matt Bartkowski to a one year contract worth $1.75 million.
1:16 PM – Barret Jackman moving from the Blues to the Predators for two years, $4 million per year.
1:19 PM – Florida Panthers sign three minor league players, goaltender Mike McKenna, forward Shane Harper, and defenseman Sena Acolatse.
1:21 PM – Zbynek Michalek is heading back to Arizona on a two year deal.
1:29 PM – Another backup goalie off the table as Jhonas Enroth signs a one year deal with LA.
1:31 PM – More pieces to that Phil Kessel deal. Details still coming in but Nick Spaling is heading to Toronto as part of the trade.
1:37 PM – Alex Burmistrov is coming back to North America, and back to the Jets on a two year contract.
1:51 PM – Rangers sign Diaz.
1:53 PM – Tampa Bay Lightning sign Eric Condra to a three year contract.
2:08 PM – Cody Hodgson signs with the Nashville Predators.
2:14 PM – Vancouver trades Kassian and a 5th round pick to Montreal for Prust.
2:19 PM – John Moore heads to New Jersey for three years.
2:26 PM – The finalized Phil Kessel trade can be seen on Sunshine State Hockey by clicking here.
2:27 PM – Senators sign Zack Stortini.
2:33 PM – The Flames sign Derek Grant, former Ottawa center, to a two way deal.
2:40 PM – We lost one in the shuffle of this frenzy. Toronto signed P.A. Parenteau.
2:42 PM – Aside from those minor league trades earlier in the day Florida has been completely silent so far. It is possible that they make no moves this year, which puts pressure on the young guys to carry the Panthers to a playoff berth this year.
2:52 PM – TSN’s Darren Dreger reporting that Viktor Stalberg is now a member of the New York Rangers.
2:54 PM – The Buffalo Sabres have signed 2015, 2nd overall pick Jack Eichel to a three year, entry level contract.
3:01 PM – Ruslan Fedotenko signs a two way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
3:10 PM – Blues LW Vladimir Tarasenko has received an offer sheet from the Dallas Stars for six years, $45 million, reports are that St. Louis will match.
3:11 PM – Carolina inks TJ Hensick.
3:14 PM – Mike Kostka signs a two way deal with the Ottawa Senators.
3:30 PM – We will be live blogging for 30 more minutes. It seems the signings and trades are starting to slow down.
3:31 PM – Former Blue Jackets player Brian Gibbons has signed with the Rangers.
3:41 PM – Penguins sign D-man David Warsofsky to a one year contract.
3:46 PM – George Richards just tweeted this quote from Panthers GM Dale Tallon: “We would have signed someone if it was a bargain. We weren’t going to overpay and block one of the kids.”
3:51 PM – The biggest signing of the day, Detroit inks defenseman Mike Green to a three year contract. Green was listed as our top available free agent.
3:56 PM – We will be live for just four more minutes. There are still plenty of big names available for the taking, such as Martin St. Louis, Justin Williams, and Joel Ward. Be sure to check all the major NHL news networks for any breaking deals after 4:00 PM. If the Panthers make any moves after 4:00 PM we will report them as soon as they happen.
4:00 PM – It is time for us to sign off for the evening. Thank you for joining us today and we hope everyone enjoyed our coverage of the 2015 free agent frenzy.
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It’s that time of year again in the National Hockey League. Tomorrow, when the clock strikes 12:00 PM EST, all 30 teams will be able to sign any unrestricted free agent they choose. While this year’s free agent class lacks depth there are still some good players to be had for the right price. Below is our list of the top 30 UFA’s that will be available tomorrow.
Be Sure to check back with Sunshine State Hockey tomorrow when we begin live blogging at 12:00 PM EST for the free agent frenzy.
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