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Rangers add Shattenkirk, Pavelec in free agency

NEW YORK — The Rangers have agreed to deals with defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and goalie Ondrej Pavelec on the opening day of free agency.
Sharp returns to Blackhawks, agrees to 1-year deal

Sharp returns to Blackhawks, agrees to 1-year deal

CHICAGO — Patrick Sharp figured he would return to Chicago. He just wasn't sure he would play for the Blackhawks again.

Stars add depth with newcomer Hanzel, return of Nemeth

DALLAS — The Stars focused on depth at the start of free agency, adding veteran forward Martin Hanzal and bringing back young defenceman Patrik Nemeth.
Penguins sign Hunwick, Niemi, lose Bonino in free agency

Penguins sign Hunwick, Niemi, lose Bonino in free agency

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will look a lot different when they go for a three-peat next season.

Sharks lock up key cogs Vlasic, Jones with long-term deals

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks opened free agency Saturday by signing long-term contracts that will keep two key players off the open market next summer.
Vancouver Canucks sign veteran centre Sam Gagner to three-year contract

Vancouver Canucks sign veteran centre Sam Gagner to three-year contract

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks were busy on the opening day of free agency Saturday, signing centre Sam Gagner to a US$9.45-million, three-year contract and defenceman Michael Del Zotto to a $6-million, two-year deal.
Carolina brings back Williams, key member of '06 Cup team

Carolina brings back Williams, key member of '06 Cup team

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mr. Game 7 is returning to the Carolina Hurricanes with the goal of leading them to another Game 1. The Hurricanes opened free agency Saturday by bringing back 35-year-old forward Justin Williams on a two-year deal worth $9 million.

Maple Leafs sign goaltenders McElhinney and Sparks to two-year contracts

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goaltenders Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks to two-year contracts Saturday. McElhinney's deal is worth US$1.7 million while Sparks's contract is worth $1.35 million.
Buyouts make Panthers, Devils even bigger free agent buyers

Buyouts make Panthers, Devils even bigger free agent buyers

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was already talking about getting aggressive in the free agent market. Now he has some extra room to do that.

Flames GM Brad Treliving keeps up torrid pace re-signing Michael Stone

CALGARY — General manager Brad Treliving didn't wait until the start of unrestricted free agency to fill the Calgary Flames' needs.