2 Man Advantage Free Agent Signing Day Happy Fun Time & Box Social 2009!

10:57 PM: Kay, this looks like a good place to end the night. Thanks for tuning in everyone, check back for any (or no?) Devils signings as they happen!  -Josh & Patricia

10:55 PM:
Aaand we have numbers for the Havlat deal. Looks to be six years at $5-million a year.

10:30 PM:
Apparently the Wild are also closing in on Saku Koivu.

10:26 PM:
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Havlat and the Wild do have a verbal agreement in place.

10:23 PM:
Unconfirmed report that Martin Havlat has signed with the Minnesota Wild. More to come.

9:58 PM:
Okay folks, we’re going to stay live until 11PM ET and then call it a night. Josh and Patricia are quite tired after a hectic July 1st. Naturally, if anything breaks, we’ll be sure to report it. Thanks for sticking with us tonight!

9:42 PM:
Report out of Montreal indicates Saku Koivu, Alex Tanguay, and Alexei Kovalev will not be re-signed. Lou, GET ON IT. KOIVU. NOW.

9:19 PM: I now dub thee John “Chicago Style” Mad Dog.

9:03 PM:
Confirmed, Madden to the Hawks. One year at $2.75-million.

9:02 PM:
We can confirm that Madden will NOT be returning with the Devils next season.

9:00 PM: John Madden
may have signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Working on it.

8:57 PM:
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed Jason LaBarbera to a two-year contract. Financial terms undisclosed.

8:53 PM:
Rich Chere is reporting that prospect Jeff Frazee may very will be the backup to Martin Brodeur next season for the Devils. Looks like we might not get to use the Weekes Laser picture anymore…sad face.

8:51 PM:
The Calgary Flames have signed Frederik Sjostrom. Terms undisclosed.

8:47 PM: Chris Neil
has decided to stay in Ottawa after all, re-upping with the Senators for a four-year, $8-million contract.

8:35 PM:
Indeed. Gio has been reunited with Scott Gomez in Habs-land. Five years at $25-million. Uh…Saku, wanna play in Newark?

8:33 PM: Reports indicate Devils winger Brian Gionta has signed with the Montreal Canadiens. Working on confirmation.

8:23 PM: Marian Gaborik
has signed with the New York Rangers  for five years at $37.5-million total. Overpay much? So, let me get this straight. Rangers get rid of Gomez as a salary dump, then spend seven ba-gillion dollars on an oft-injured winger? Genius.

8:07 PM:
Good ol’ Tom Gulitti reports that we might hear within the next few hours where Mr. Brian Gionta will land.  Montreal has been the number one talked about team for the good part of the day.

7:28 PM:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Mathieu Garon to a two-year, $2.4-million deal.

7:19 PM: Jason Strudwick
has re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers for $700,000 over one year.

6:54 PM:
Things seem to have quieted down a bit. We’re still here though, ready to report any free agent signings or trades!

6:24 PM: Samuel Pahlsson
has signed a three-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets worth a total of $7.95-million.

6:15 PM: Steve Sullivan
has re-signed with the Nashville Predators. The deal is worth $7.5-million over two years.

6:11 PM:
The Bruins have signed Steve Begin to a one-year, $850,00 contract.

6:01 PM:
Bob McKenzie is reporting the Komisarek deal to be worth five years at $4.5-million a season.

5:55 PM: Mike Komisarek
has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Working on terms.

5:54 PM:
Little bit more info on the Kubina deal: Colin Stewart also goes to the Leafs in exchange for the rights to Tim Stapleton.

5:49 PM: Vernon Fiddler
has signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes that will pay him $1.1-million a season. Byron Bitz has also re-signed with the Boston Bruins. Terms not disclosed. The Ottawa Senators have re-signed Mike Brodeur to a one-year, two-way contract.

5:46 PM:
The Minnesota Wild have signed Greg Zanon to a three-year deal worth a total of $5.2 million.

5:42 PM:
Still very quiet in New Jersey. I know one 2MAer who would love to see Saku Koivu inked by Black ‘n Red.

5:36 PM:
Cammalleri is confirmed per Darren Dreger. The Hurricanes have also re-signed Michael Ryan to a two-way deal.

5:28 PM:
We’re hearing five years at $30-million for Cammalleri, while Garnet Exelby is Toronto’s return for the Kubina deal.

5:26 PM:
Several outlets are reporting Mike Cammalleri has signed with the Montreal Canadiens while the Pavel Kubina-to-Atlanta deal has finally gone through. Working on terms for both deals.

5:25 PM:
The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Patrick Dwyer to a two year, two-way deal. Blockbuster.

5:11 PM: The San Jose Sharks have re-signed Kent Huskins to a two-year, $3.4-million contract while David Koci has gone to the Colorado Avalanche for a one-year, $575,000 deal.

4:46 PM:
Devils bruiser Mike Rupp has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, two years at $825,000 a year.

4:42 PM: Hal Gill
has signed with the Montreal Canadiens  for two years at $4.5-million total while the Florida Panthers have inked Ville Koistinen.

4:40 PM:
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Ian Laperierre to a three-year deal at $3.5-million.

4:33 PM:
We’re hearing three years at just over a million per season for $3.6-mill total. Good for you, Mr. Clemmensen. Good for you.

4:27 PM:
Unverified reports indicate Devils netminder Scott Clemmensen will be signing with the Florida Panthers for a multi-year deal. Working on confirmation.

4:22 PM: Adam Pardy
re-signs with the Flames.  Meh.

4:12 PM: 2 years, $2.8 million and $3 million for Cole.

4:09 PM: 4 years, $15 million for the Bulin wall, according to TSN.  Cole’s looking at a 2 year deal from Carolina.

4:01 PM: TSN reporting Nikolai Khabibulin to the Oilers, no word on years or dollars.  Erik Cole also said to be re-signing with the Hurricanes.

3:50 PM: Jaroslav Spacek to the Canadiens, three years, $11.5 million according to the Boston Globe.  With every new Canadiens signing, I get a little more hopeful the Devils will wind up with Saku Koivu…

3:42 PM: Signings have dried up over the last half hour or so.  It’s getting kinda boring.

3:28 PM: Hello 2000! Brian Boucher has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for two years at $925,000 a season.

3:16 PM: Joel Ward
re-signs with Nashville, 2 years, $1.5 million per.  Aaron Rome signs with Vancouver for $550,000.

3:12 PM: Why can’t anyone with an easy name do anything today?  Lukas Krajicek re-signs with the Lightning.  One year deal.  Financials undisclosed so far.

3:08 PM: Scott Niedermeyer re-ups with Anaheim, one year, $6 million + bonuses.  Drats.

3:05 PM: TG says that both Gionta and Shanahan are fielding offers.  Guess no one cares about poor John Madden.

2:54 PM: Donald Brashear to the Rangers.  Me no likey that. Two years, $2.8 million.

2:50 PM: Andy Strickland reports that Mike Knuble‘s signed with Washington, two years $2.8 million per season.  Nothing official on Gio yet.

2:46 PM: Steve Montador signs with Buffalo.  2 years, $1.55 million per.

2:41 PM: Get your height jokes in while you can, boys and girls, rumors are that Gio’s nearing a deal with a new team.

2:39 PM: TSN just listed the Devils in a laundry-list style rundown of teams that may be interested in Scott Niedermeyer.

2:32 PM: Forgive me for the pun I’m about to make, but…Twitter is all a-Twitter that Brian Gionta is apparently a hot commodity this afternoon.

Been nice knowin’ ya, shorty.

2:23 PM: Dwayne Roloson to the Islanders, 2 years, $2.5 million per according to NY Newsday.  Tomas Kopecky to Chicago for two years, financials not yet known.

2:15 PM: Final numbers on Andy Greene’s contract:  Two years, $1.475 million.  $725,000 in year one, $750,000 in year two for a cap hit of $737,500 per year.  All of this info via TG at Fire & Ice.

2:12 PM: 12 years, $62 million for Hossa from Chicago.  Hot diggity the ‘Hawks better hope he’s healthy and not cursed.

2:11 PM: Conkblock himself, Ty Conklin has signed with the Blues, two years, $1.3 million.  Prepare yourselves for an outdoor game, St. Louis.  Ty likes those games.

2:05 PM: Matt Walker to Tampa Bay, four years/$1.7 million per according to TSN.

2:04 PM: Apparently Chicago’s looking to deal Huet now.  I think they don’t have much of a choice.

2:02 PM: Hossa’s a done deal in Chicago, rumored to be TWELVE years at 5 million a year.

2:01 PM: Darren Dreger reports that the Lightning were in the running for Hossa too.  Which just proves that yes, the Lightning really were given cap immunity.

1:56 PM: Craig Anderson, goalie extraordinaire, to Colorado for two years, financial terms undisclosed.

1:47 PM: A big name!  Finally!  TSN is currently reporting that Marian Hossa will make it to the Stanley Cup Final and lose with the Chicago Blackhawks this year!  Terms undisclosed.  Also, David Booth re-signs with Florida for 6 years/$25.5 million.

1:46 PM: Pavel Kubina rumored to be being traded to Atlanta.

1:45 PM: Pierre LeBrun of ESPN says otherwise on the officialness of the Kovalev deal.  So, it’s still rumored.

1:40 PM: Kovalev deal is now official (or not…), he re-ups with Montreal for 2 years, $8.75 million.  Greene’s a two-year deal, still waiting on the dolla dollas.

1:32 PM: It’s a very slow go of it so far.  Only three signings in the first hour and a half.  If I recall correctly, it picked up between 2 and 3PM last year.

1:18 PM: Kovalev re-signing with Montreal is still just a rumor.  Deal has yet to be signed, according to TSN.

1:13 PM: Tough guy Colton Orr has inked a four-year, $4-million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1:07 PM: Okay Devils fans, we can all breathe easy.  The official Devils Twitter feed reports that the Devils have re-signed Andy Greene.  Thank God that’s taken care of.  Since it’s the Devils, terms are, naturally, undisclosed.

12:59 PM: Rumors flying that Alex Kovalev has re-signed with Les Habs for 2 years and about $8.8 million.  Not confirmed yet, though.

12:49 PM: Radek Dvorak re-ups in Florida.  Two years, $3.4 million. n Ohlund’s deal is indeed frontloaded, Darren Dreger tweets that Mattias will take home $22.5 million of the $24.5 million in the first five years of the deal.  Speaking of tweets, why not follow us?  @2MAblog

12:27 PM: Ohlund terms disclosed:  SEVEN YEARS, $3.75 million per.  Gotta be frontloaded.  Just has to be.

12:15 PM: First signing!  Perennial Devils trade rumor Mattias Ohlund has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Terms yet to be disclosed.

12:03 PM: No free agents have signed yet.  What’s taking them so long?!  Jerks.

12:00 PM: Let the festivities commence!  The floodgates, they are being opened.



Okay, so.  Free agency opens in T-minus 29 minutes.  Here’s what we got so far, in deals signed earlier today or last night:

As I’m sure most if not all of you are aware of, Scott Gomez was traded from the Rangers to the Canadiens.  Going north with Gomez is winger Tom Pyatt and defenseman Mike Busto, and heading down Rangers way is winger Chris Higgins and defensemen Pavel Valentenko, Doug Janik, and Ryan McDonaugh.

The Sedin twins have re-upped with the Canucks, five years and $6.1 million per for each of the twins.  My dream of having one Sedin on the Devils and the other on the Rangers is officially dead for five years.

Jay Bouwmeester agreed to a five year deal with the Calgary Flames, who had previously aquired the rights to negotiate with him last week.  5 years, $6.68 million per.

Finally, if anyone cares, Jere Lehtinen signed a one-year deal to stay in Dallas, $1.5 million plus an additional $1 million in incentives.

As I see you guys have already been discussing in the comments thread, the Devils have yet to extend offers to FAs-to-be John Madden, Brian Gionta, Brendan Shanahan or restricted free agent Andy Greene.  It does appear as though we will be bringing back restricted FA Travis Zajac, which I think we can all agree is a super fabulous idea.


It’s that time of year again kiddies.  The sting from our early exit from the playoffs has worn off worse than ever, but we can now hold out hope that we’ll sign some people to give us hope once again! And if you’re a Mets fan like Steve and Josh, we could really use any kind of lift we can get at this point.  Stay tuned for live updates all day!

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  1. Kevin B. says:

    At least Ohlund will never be rumored to come here again like Patrice Breisbois was for years.

  2. Glad Lou decided to take the day off and beat 4th of July traffic back up to Rhode Island!

  3. Also, Eklund tweeting that it looks like Dany Heatley to the Oilers. Good, didn’t want to see him wind up across the river.

    PS: Gainey sucks!!!!!!

  4. lol i just realized we still dont hav a coach…..i rele hope gionta doesnt go..

  5. @kausatoday Brian Gionta has surprisingly become a hot property in the marketplace

  6. i hope he stays…i was gettin his jersey for my b-day in nov…..guess im gonna get oduya

  7. Ehh, Brashear is basically sloppy seconds. I’m not too worried about him.

  8. Kevin B. says:

    So much for Nieder coming home… Scott stays in Anaheim. 1 year for $6 mill plus incentives

  9. I hope Madden stays or I’ll have a new team to cheer for next season 🙁

  10. You’ll probably be rooting for a new team next season then, Joanna.

  11. just got gio’s jersey for christmas this year.. would really suck to have to rip the name off the back

  12. I know, I know…

  13. what a suprise….we resign 2 D-men but while Gio is probably gonna leave, we dont sign or trade for any fowards…thank god we allowed rupp to go….good for clemmer (assuming the panthers actually did ink him)…..and for CHRIST SAKES!! CANT WE FIND A WAY TO BAIT TEAMS INTO ZUBRUS?!?!?!?! THROW IN SOME PROSPECTS AND A DRAFT PICK WITH HIM!!! MAYBE OTTAWA WILL BE DUMB AND GIVE US HEATLY FOR IT!! I DONT CARE ABOUT THE CAR ACCIDENT, I’LL TAKE HEATLY RIGHT FUDGIN NOW!!!

  14. hell i’ll take saku as well…

  15. I know one 2MAer who would love to see Saku Koivu inked by Black ‘n Red.

    I may or may not be that 2MAer…

  16. well…guess clarkson n salvador will be starting the fights from now on…l

  17. Kristyn (is pissed) says:

    Baby Goalie…you bitch.

    Also, I cannot picture Scotty Gomez with that dopey looking CH logo on his sweater.

    Go Oilers for signing Khabibulin. They’ll be safer this season.

    Lastly, I love that picture of Captain Grey Beard thinking of him lifting the Stanley Cup.

  18. how can u guys sit back and watch our team well sit back?

  19. Well, it’s easy, Mike. I’m in a chair.

  20. fair do’s…..but im starting to hate free agency day more and more every year

  21. halfsharkalligator says:

    Yeah cause the Devils have been so lucky with their Free Agent signings recently.

    Resigning Oduya and Greene was the biggest move Lou’s made. If that had not happened then you’d really have a reason to be upset.

  22. I’m happy with the Devils signings.

    When we do lose Gionta, I’d like to see SOME sort of replacement, but I just don’t know what. Not like there’s really much out there that’s all that glamorous right now. I’d rather not overpay for a fragile winger like a Havlat or Gaborik.

  23. I know where gionta got signed………..but i’ll never tell…. being a cousin is such a perk

  24. Well then, thanks for sharing.

  25. saku koivu!!!!

  26. you are very welcome patricia.

  27. Cheers.

  28. ok marc…just tell us if he stayd in jersey or no….thats all i ask for

  29. gio with a 1mil/year bump.

  30. devils shood get a back up goalie…..i see biron is still ther….or weekes. slim pickins

  31. Rich Chere reports that Jeff Frazee might be the backup next year. Doubt Weekes will be back.

  32. is frazee ready though? i dont follow AHL to much

  33. He definitely has talent. I think Lou doesn’t want to have Ahonen 2.0 on his hands. We totally ruined that guy. With Marty on the downside of his career, it’s good to see Frazee making the jump to the big leagues.

  34. Madden to Chicago.

  35. someone told me clarkson is gone??!?!? is he even a free agent

  36. Once again, they let free agency start and sign no one good. How can anyone they sign or call up from Lowell to fill these spots not be a step down in some capacity?

    Next year, Jay Leach is their 6th defenseman again. ???

    A quick check of their forwards/possible combos reveal these lines set in place:





    Three new lines!!!

    That means Elias is going to have his 142nd different combination since they imploded the A Line. Heck it might be the second or third since the EGG Line was dismantled.

    So you have Elias, Rolston, Clarkson, Zubrus, and Pandolfo left.

    Are they going to fill the roster with AHL guys? Welcome back Pascal Rheaume and Grant Marshall, the league is slowing down so you can catch back up with it! Welcome back talentless lunk Pi-erre-Luc-Le-tour-neau-L-e-b-l-o-n-d, with your single faceted game of being a goon with no discernable offensive talent, the NHL is just licking their chops to market you and Crosby side by side.

    And they are probably bringing back Lemaire!

  37. Tony — as far as we know, Clarkson is still a Devil.

  38. Kristyn (is pissed) says:


  39. I sure as hell hope Lou has a huge fuckin ace up his sleeve.

  40. Rico Suave says:

    last year i was running around the house saying we are taking the cup…this year i’m not suprised at what transpired, but i’m still upset. most of all, that is several long time devils leaving. changes the locker room dynamics and leads me to believe something is up in the franchise. even though there are plenty of free agents to go…i just don’t have that “we have a shot at the cup” feeling at all. pending on future moves, playoffs might be tough considering the amount of change in our organization and within the division. regardless, next season feels like a new nhl with the amount of star players being tossed around. let’s go devils.

  41. After all these (non)moves, if they raise ticket prices again, F Lou …. how come we can NEVER bring in anyone good via FA … this is SOOOOO frustrating ….. Get ready 209, it’s gonna be one hell of a crappy ride

  42. DancingQueen says:

    Wake up guys WE HAVE Itkka Pikkanen!!!

  43. never heard of him