2:15 p.m. Bit of a lull here. Pittsburgh and Los Angeles are bidding over Paul Martin, however, and it could be a big-time contract. He's a very underrated talent and likely worth the money.
2:18 p.m. Duhatschek has a great breakdown of the latest in Calgary, with a close look at the Marc Savard back to the Flames rumblings.
2:19 p.m. Flyers sign enforcer Jody Shelley, who turned down a deal with the Rangers earlier this week. It looks like it's a three-year deal for about $1-million a season, which is an awful lot for what he brings. I didn't expect Philadelphia to be nearly this busy given how tight they are against the cap.
2:26 p.m. Netminder Dan Ellis has signed in Tampa Bay, where he'll get a very good shot to play as the No. 1. He signs for a relative bargain ($1.5-million a year for two seasons) basically for the right to play a lot (which is what he said he wanted more than a big payday). This leaves an awful lot of goaltenders without a place to play given so few teams need a goalie: Evgeni Nabokov, Chris Mason, Marty Turco and Jose Theodore, among others.
2:27 p.m. Jesse Winchester signs a two-year deal to stay in Ottawa.
2:32 p.m. Defenceman Paul Martin has signed in Pittsburgh, essentially replacing Gonchar. The long-time Devils star will be the Penguins No. 1 defender and brings a solid all-around game. Martin was, in my mind, one of the real catches of the free agent class this year, and combined with Michalek, will make the Pens better defensively. (Terms for Martin: Five years, $25-million.)
2:43 p.m. The Rangers have responded to losing Shelley by signing behemoth goon Derek Boogaard, on a four-year deal for an incredible $1.65-million a year. So there's your head scratcher of the day. He'll likely play four minutes a night, never score and do little else.
3 p.m. The Ducks have signed defenceman Toni Lydman for three years at $3-million per. He's a solid all-around defender who has played for years with the Sabres. Big time rebuild in Anaheim given the loss of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer in back to back years. And Buffalo's back end could be in trouble if they also lose Henrik Tallinder.
3:15 p.m. Veteran winger Ray Whitney signs with the Phoenix Coyotes on a two-year deal. He's 38 but has some gas left in the tank and had 58 points last season. Deal is for $3-million a season.
3:43 p.m. Big lull here with a lot of top free agents still available, but the latest is that the Flames are working to bring Olli Jokinen back. I couldn't, however, tell you why. Jokinen has a terrible reputation now in Florida, Phoenix and Calgary.
3:45 p.m. One of the players I believed the Leafs would pursue heavily, Raffi Torres, could very well no longer be in the mix for Toronto given they've signed Armstrong. The Leafs are now concentrating on landing defenceman Dan Hamhuis, who is also being pursued by Vancouver and Los Angeles.
3:55 p.m. The Devils have added defenceman Henrik Tallinder on a four-year, $13.5-million deal, and he'll serve as somewhat of a Paul Martin replacement. Tallinder's a very, very underrated defensive player, and the Sabres are going to miss him. He'll fit in well in New Jersey.
3:59 p.m. The Oilers are on the board: They've added defenceman Kurtis Foster on a two-year contract for a total of $3.6-million. Foster had a real solid year last season in Tampa Bay with 42 points, and he's an effective producer on the power play. That's a decent bargain given the market for defencemen has been pretty hot today.
4:05 p.m. Leafs GM Brian Burke will address the media at 5 p.m. It sounds like Toronto narrowly missed out on adding defenceman Dan Hamhuis and are done for the day. We'll have more on the home page shortly.
4:06 p.m. Speaking of Hamhuis, early indications are he's headed to his home province with the Canucks. Will look for confirmation on that.