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It’s Go Time! … free agency edition

Posted By On July 1, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 1,037 Comments

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.

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