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NHL Free Agency Tracker: The names, teams and signings are starting to leak

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They can’t sign till noon July 1, but people seem to know where Joe Pavelski, Mats Zuccarello and such will land.

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NOTE: This post has been updated in parts as “sounds like” deals have turned to official signings.

While we’re awaiting news on who has taken the New York Islanders bait and agreed to join in free agency (sounds like Artemi Panarin might be real*), there are other teams and players whose destinations appear to be all but finalized.

*But it’s still iffy, with some saying not just the Panthers but also the Smurfs or even Blue Jackets are still in the Panarin hunt, or at least making a last-minute push to drive up there price.

**Update: as you surely know by now, Panarin chose the Smurfs over the Islanders’ offer of larger money.

So, while not fretting about whether a couple of Russians are headed this way, we’ll update this thread with news from others, and the ones reporting them. Keep in mind none of these are final — and in fact cannot be until noon Monday — so are subject to change. But bless the reporters digging these up.

We’ll keep adding more here, but feel free to add in comments (just source them, please).

Sergei Bobrovsky to Florida Panthers For Billion Years

At this price and his age, which made me nervous, I’m glad the Panthers won that one.

Matt Duchene to Nashville Predators

This has long been rumored and the Predators were long favored — so much that the PK Subban salary dump was seen as a precursor — so this would not surprise.

Pierre LeBrun later added the ballpark is seven years, $56 million.

Mats Zuccarello to Wild for five years, ~$6M AAV

Well there you go. Some good news for the Wild, finally.

Joe Pavelski to Dallas Stars for three years, ~$7M AAV

The Islanders aren’t the only team looking at losing their spirited captain. The longtime Sharks “heart and soul” Pavelski reportedly spoke with Tampa Bay and Dallas, but the Stars were the ones who could make it work.

Corey Perry to the Stars, too

As a veteran who’d missed a ton of games (and was bought out by the Ducks), the CBA lets him sign a one-year bonus-laden deal.

Valtteri Filppula back to the Red Wings

At one point he was connected to the Oilers, where former Wings GM Ken Holland is in charge. But the Islanders’ center from last season is instead headed back to his original team, where he can fight with Frans Nielsen over #51.

Brett Connolly to Florida for four years

I don’t know if that’s the big forward fish Dale Tallon had in mind. Maybe Joel Quenneville can make it work.

Wayne Simmonds to Devils for 1 Year, $5 Million

Whew! Pricey.

Tyler Myers to the Canucks for Too Long, Too Much

Ron Hainsey to the Senators, Cody Ceci to Leafs and...Staying?

The Leafs are dumping Zaitsev (at his request) by taking on arbitration-eligible Ceci and...keeping him?

Former Senator and Recent Star Jason Spezza to the Leafs

This is the role I imagined for him, but it will be interesting to see if it pans out under Mike Babcock.

Offer Sheet Interest for (the other) Aho

The Hurricanes are playing hardball with Sebastian Aho, an RFA without arbitration rights. Will another team pry him away?

Andrej Sekera to Dallas

Andrej Sekera has battled injuries but was very useful when healthy. Good low-risk add for the Stars.

Lower-Tier Goalies: Mike Smith to Oilers, Cam Talbot to Flames

An Alberta swap! Sort of.

Robin Lehner...Elsewhere :(

Unfortunately with the number-one job openings left, it seems like Metropolitan Division rivals Columbus and Carolina are the chief ones left for Lehner to find a home. That’s gonna hurt.

Meanwhile, other free agents still out there include, oh you know, ANDERS LEE.