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NHL Free Agency Roundup: Everyone going everywhere (except here...and that guy)

A busy day of musical chairs around the NHL.

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers
Skaters for hire.
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Despite a not very headline-worthy class — Kevin Shattenkirk was the priciest name — the NHL’s 2017 free agency frenzy lived up to its name with dozens of names switching teams in the first few hours after Saturday’s noon kickoff.

No doubt the one-week discussion window established under the current CBA helps grease the wheels. By early afternoon, most of the major names were crossed off the available lists.

You can find a running list of just about all the moves here. But below is a look at several of the major or at least interesting moves around the league.

(And as for the Islanders? Well, as most forecasted, no big signings from them. But Bridgeport moves include adding a goalie, re-signing Lafranchise, adding a “big, slow” Devils defenseman, and signing Mathew Barzal’s Seattle teammate.)

Forward Re-alignment

Williams Returns ‘Home,’ Stays in Metro

One of the few names linked to the Islanders, where his former Hurricanes teammates Doug Weight and Andrew Ladd have put their stock, Justin Williams instead returned to Carolina for two years at $4.5 million per year. That rate is a significant raise over anything the 35-year-old made over his last three contracts.

It’s pricey for the Canes, but their roster can handle it, and it makes a Metro rival more dangerous. Williams spoke of the “home” fit but also the fact the Canes have been difficult to play against. No doubt the money didn’t hurt either.

Predators Re-stock

Cup finalists Nashville signed Penguin Cup winner Nick Bonino for four years, $16.4 million, brought back original Predator and Columbus buyout Scott Hartnell, and salary dumped Colin Wilson to Colorado. (There was a brief moment where everyone flipped because Elliotte Friedman had said on air that Wilson was part of a package for Matt Duchene.)

Hanzal to Big D

The Stars signed center Martin Hanzal for three years at $4.75 million per. He’d been in Arizona and wanted to return, but it wasn’t happening after they sold him to the Wild at the trade deadline.

What, No Jagr?

Jaromir Jagr appears to be out of the plans for the Panthers, who are doing all sorts of old-school Dale Tallon moves like casting off Jussi Jokinen and signing ex-Isle one-game hero Micheal Haley.

The Devils brought in ex-Ranger, Bolt and temporary Leaf Brian Boyle for two years, $5.1 million. After the Devils bought out Mike Cammalleri, he jumped to the Kings for one year, $1 million.

After a successful rebound year in Columbus, Sam Gagner relaunches his career in Vancouver to the tune of three years and $9.45 million.

Blueline around the World

Tampa Bay Lightning: Here Comes Girardi

After aiming for Shattenkirk last summer, at the trade deadline, and again in this free agency window, the Lightning settled for...ex-Rangers heart-and-whipping boy Dan Girardi. Two years, $6 million. Fans unhappy.

Shatten-garden, Le Alzner, Pens Exodus

Goalie Shuffle

No position is better suited to musical chairs than goaltender, where there are just 62 positions in the league:

Re-signings: Keeping the Assets

Teams didn’t just covet their neighbors’ goods. They also re-upped their own.

No, no John Tavares or Carey Price extensions, but:

Who’s Left?

Well, lots of players are left. But among the notable names as of this posting are Marleau, Jagr, Markov and of course Alexander Radulov.