Here we go.
It’s like walking into Leapin’ Larry’s with a fistful of credit cards.
Will update all day long. If you think we need a new thread later, just say so.
As far as a blog crash … fingers still tightly crossed.
I will say this again, just because I don’t want to sound like a second-guesser later: If Brandon Prust walks over a few hundred grand, the Rangers will regret it. But if he can get a lot more somewhere else, they have to let him walk … and they will still have a hard time replacing him. I think he’s a goner.
12 noon: Before the noon shopping time, Jordan Staal signed a 10-year contract with Carolina, and Ryan Smyth re-signed for two years with Edmonton.
12:18: In case you missed it, Shane Doan reportedly decided to wait until July 9 to make his decision on free agency, until the Coyotes’ financial fate is determined. And Ryan Suter is not expected to make a decision today.
12:40: Jonas Gustavsson signs with Detroit, according to tweets (by Brad May?). Phoenix signs David Moss.
12:49: The Rangers lose John Mitchell to Colorado. Avs also sign Matt Carkner from Ottawa.
1:11: Rangers re-sign UFA Stu Bickel for two years, $750G per.
1:12: Carolina signs Joe Corvo. Ottawa signs Mike Lundin.
1:16: Interesting that Matt Carkner’s camp is saying it does not have a deal with Colorado, even though Avs announced it, according to TSN.
1:27: Minnesota signs Ottawa’s Zenon Konopka for two years, $925G per.
1:30: Catching up: Scott Clemmenson signed with Tampa; David Ballo with Florida … might be missing some minor signings.
1:36: Minnesota, active and still hoping for Parise, signs Torrey Mitchell.
1:38: Ottawa signs Guillaume Latendresse.
1:40: Montreal signs Colby Amstrong, who had been bought out by Toronto.
1:45: Big one. Dallas signs Ray Whitney for two years, $9 million.
1:58: Islanders sign Brad Boyes; Ottawa signs Andre Benoit; San Jose signs Adam Burish for four years, $1.8M per; Pittsburgh re-signs Steve McIntyre.
2:10: Columbus signs G Curtis McElhinney.
2:13: Avs with egg on their faces; Islanders sign Carkner for three years, $4.5M.
2:39: Rangers sign Arron Asham, two years, $1M per, as Brandon Prust’s replacement. Asham will have played for every team in the division. I believe he still has a game or two to serve on his four-game playoff suspension.
2:43: Pittsburgh replaces Asham by signing Tanner Glass from Winnipeg.
2:46: Florida signs Filip Kuba for two years, $8M.
3:05: L.A. has re-signed Dustin Penner. Phoenix signs Rangers’ minor-league goalie Chad Ochocinco Johnson.
3:10: Rangers re-sign Kris Newbury to a two-year, two-way deal.
3:15: Biggest news for Rangers, a while ago from Larry Brooks, was that the team has had no contact with Zach Parise’s camp today. Wow. Just wow.
3:16: Montreal signs New Yorker Francis Bouillon.
3:26: Well, here it is. Montreal has signed Brandon Prust. Meanwhile the Rangers signed former Islanders sideshow tough guy Michael Haley. Prust got a mind-blowing $10 million for four years from the Habs. The Rangers had to let him walk at that price. Holy shishkebob.
3:45: Colorado (we think) signs Greg Zanon for two years, $4.5M. Chicago signs Sheldon Brookbank.
3:59: Winnipeg signs Alex Ponikarovsky from the Devils, 1.8M for one year.