The 2011 NHL free agent market is officially open! The biggest deal of the day so far came before the noon starting point, when defenceman James Wisniewski signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for $33 million over six years.
A plenty of other deals have also went down in the hours leading up to the kick off of free agency.
The Vancouver Canucks locked up both Sami Salo and Chris Higgins before they hit the open market, The Detroit Red Wings re-signed Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson and Drew Miller, The Minnesota Wild reupped with Josh Harding for one more season, Cody McCormick avoided free agency re-signing with Buffalo and Tyler Kennedy and the Pittsburgh Penguins finally struck a deal before noon to keep him in a Pens sweater.
Since noon, just a few minor deals to report.
Sean O’Donnell, one-year $850k with Chicago.
Mathieu Garon, two-years $2.6 million with Tampa Bay.
Ben Eager, three-years $3.3 million with Edmonton.
Jose Theodore, two-years $2 million with Florida.
Adam Pardy, two-years $4 million with Dallas.
Jamal Mayers, one-year $55oK with Tampa Bay.
Jeff Halpern, one-year $825K with Washington.
Scottie Upshall, four-years $14 million with Florida.
Mike Smith, two-years $2 million with Phoenix.
Jaromir Jagr, one-year $3 million with Philadelphia.
Raffi Torres, two-years $3.5 million with Phoenix.
Mark Mancari, one-year $525K with Vancouver.
Boyd Gordon, two-years $2.65 with Phoenix.
Ed Jovanovski, four-years $16.5 with Florida.
Jakub Voracek, one-year $2.25 with Philadelphia.
Tim Brent, two-years $1.5 with Carolina.
Radek Dvorak, one-year $1.5 with Dallas.
Andrew Brunette, one-year $2 million with Chicago.
Matt D’Agostini, two-years $2.3 million with St. Louis.
Vernon Fiddler, three-years $5.4 million with Dallas.
Marcel Goc, three-year $5.1 million with Florida.
Jan Hejda, four-years $13 million with Colorado.
Andreas Lilja, one-year N/A with Philadelphia.
Derek Meech, one-year $700k with Winnipeg.
Max Talbot, five-years $9 million with Philadelphia.
Brian Boucher, two-years $1.9 million with Carolina.
Peter Budaj, two-years $2.3 million with Montreal.
Steve Sullivan, one-year $1.5 million with Pittsburgh.
Mike Commodore, one-year $1 million with Detroit.
Mike Rupp, three-years $4.5 million with N.Y Rangers.
Jiri Tlusty, one-year $525K with Carolina.
Joel Ward, four-years $12 million with Washington.
Marty Reasoner, two-years $2.7 million with N.Y Islanders.
Michael Ryder, two-year $7 million with Dallas.
Alex Auld, one-year $1 million with Ottawa.
Cam Barker, one-year $2.25 million with Edmonton.
Darcy Hordichuk, one-year $800K with Edmonton.
Ville Leino, six-year $27 million with Buffalo.
Beniot Pouliot, one-year $1.1 million with Boston.
Johan Hedberg, one-year N/A with New Jersey.
Marco Sturm, one-year $2.25 million with Vancouver.
Alexi Ponikarovsky, one-year $1.5 million with Carolina.
Sheldon Souray, one-year $1.65 million with Dallas.
Jim Vandermeer, one-year $1 million with San Jose.
Tomas Fleischman, four-year $18 million with Florida.
Curtis Sanford, one-year $6ooK with Columbus.
Eric Belanger, three-year $5.25 million with Edmonton.
Chuck Kobasew, two-year $2.5 million with Colorado.
Francis Lessard, one-year N/A with Ottawa.
Jean-Sabastien Giguere, two-year N/A with Colorado.
Brian Elliott, two-year $1.2 million with St.Louis
Ryan Potulny, N/A, N/A with Washington.
Brad Richards, nine-year $60 million with N.Y Rangers.
Matt Gilroy, one-year $1 million with Tampa bay.
Chris Bourque, one-year $1 million with Washington.
Nolan Baumgartner, N/A, N/A with Vancouver.
Tim Connolly, two-year $9.5 million with Toronto.
Anthony Stewart, two-year $1.8 million with Carolina.
Simon Gagne, two-year $7 million with Los Angles.
Alex Bolduc, one-year $575K with Phoenix.
Ian White, two-year $5.75 million with Detroit.
Randy Jones, two-year $1.15 million with Winnipeg.
Tomas Vokoun, one-year $1.5 million with Washington.
Kent Huskins, one-year $1 million with St. Louis.
Rick Rypien, one-year $700k with Winnipeg.
Cory Potter, one-year N/A with Edmonton.
Tanner Glass, one-year $750K with Winnipeg.
Dan Carcillo, one-year $775K with Chicago.
Sean Bergenheim, four-year $11 million with Florida.
Ruslan Fedotenko, one-year $1.4 million with N.Y Ranger.
Michal Handzus, two-year $5 million with San Jose.
Niclas Bergfors, one-year $750k with Nashville.