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It’s July 1, meaning Happy New Year for the NHL.
Friday marks the start of the league’s annual Free Agent Frenzy as unrestricted free agents are free to sign where they wish starting at noon.
Though Steven Stamkos ruined some of the fun and suspense by re-signing with the Lightning on an eight-year deal prior to hitting the open market, there is still plenty to look forward to as the NHL’s new league year beings.
Top names such as Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, David Backes and plenty of others are still on the board entering Friday.
Here’s a tracker of all the free agent signings and the details behind their deals:
—Milan Lucic, 28, has signed with the Oilers, Pierre LeBrun confirmed on Twitter, which there are rumors of it being a seven-year, $42 million, but it hasn’t been confirmed. Lucic had 20 goals, 35 assists and 55 points in 81 games with the Kings last season.
Milan Lucic has signed with the Edmonton Oilers, source confirms
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2016
–The Blackhawks have reportedly signed defenseman Brian Campbell, who previously played with them from 2008-11 and went 6-25–31 last year with the Panthers, while logging 22: 17 time on ice and ranking as a plus-31.
As many have speculated, Brian Campbell has made his decision and it’s going to be a return to Chicago. Likely a one-yr deal around $2M — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2016
—James Reimer, 28, has signed with the Panthers:
Reimer to Panthers 5 yr $3.4 mil per. Confirmed. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2016
—Frans Nielsen, 32, has agreed to terms with the Red Wings. He went 20-32–52 in 81 games last season.
–The Islanders have agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with forward Andrew Ladd, 30, who went 25-21–46 last season, splitting time between the Jets and Blackhawks.
—David Backes, 32, is set to sign with the Bruins after going 21-24–45 in 79 games as captain of the Blues last season.
Backes deal with Boston 5yr deal. — B.D. Gallof (@BDGallof) July 1, 2016
–The Canucks have agreed to terms with free agent forward Loui Eriksson:
–The Sabres have signed Kyle Okposo, who has spent his whole career playing for the Islanders.
Okposo signs with Buffalo. 7 years, $6 mil aav. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2016
—Troy Brouwer has inked a four-year deal with the Flames:
Brouwer, four years, $4.5 million per season, with Flames — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2016
–The Wild have agreed to a contract with Eric Staal:
Eric Staal to MIN. 3 years. $3.5M AAV.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2016
More to come.
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