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Here we go.

Free agency will open in the NHL at noon EDT on Sunday, putting some 140 players who played 20+ games in the league last season out on the auction block.

We've broken down the best of that  bunch over the past week, listing the top 10 goaltenders, top 35 defencemen and top 55 forwards for a top 100 unrestricted free agents compilation that you can follow throughout the day.

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Despite the relatively weak free agent class, I'm expecting there to be as many wild contract offers as ever, as teams have a huge amount of cap space to work with given the cap is at an all-time high of $70.2-million.

In this space, I'll be updating as every signing and trade comes in, with the latest news at the top of the blog.

Simply hit refresh to see the latest news and analysis:

5 p.m. Will wrap up here with the live blog. Check our main site as more updates continue to come in.

4:34 p.m. Adrian Aucoin signs a one-year deal in Columbus. There's their replacement for losing Marc Methot to Ottawa earlier in the day.

4:17 p.m. Chris Mason signs back with Nashville to backup Pekka Rinne on a one-year, $1.25-million deal.

4:10 p.m. Some of the names in the middle range are starting to finally go. P-A Parenteau, who had a phenomenal season with the Islanders, signs in Colorado for four years at $4-million a season.

That's a lot of money for a guy who isn't a household name, but he has shown he has 60-point talent playing in tough situations (albeit with good linemates) and should help the Avs.

“P-A is a skilled winger who will instantly improve our offence,” Avs GM Greg Sherman said. “He’s a dynamic player who will help our power play and compliment our young centres.”

4:07 p.m. Alexei Ponikarovsky has gone to the Jets, where he'll be reunited with Nik Antropov. One-year deal for $1.8-million in a solid risk free signing on a day when there have been some silly ones.

4:01 p.m. Panthers have signed George Parros on a two-year deal ($925,000 a season).

3:55 p.m. The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenceman Sheldon Brookbank on a two-year contract.

3:43 p.m. Bruce Garrioch has defenceman Greg Zanon signing in Colorado

3:34 p.m. Brandon Prust is also going to Montreal: Four years at $2.5-million a season. That's a huge amount of money for a player who averaged less than 12 minutes a game last season. 

3:15 p.m. The Canadiens strike again as they bring back popular defenceman Francis Bouillon on a one-year, $1.5-million deal.

3:05 p.m. The Sens have dealt Nick Foligno to Columbus for defenceman Marc Methot. Bit of a head scratcher here as Foligno had a 47-point season and looked poised to play a key role with the Sens for the next few years.

Methot is a solid defensive defender who can replace Matt Carkner on Ottawa's back end, but Latendresse over Foligno is a downgrade. One issue was obviously what Foligno wanted on a new contract, as he's a restricted free agent.

3:03 p.m. Pierre LeBrun is reporting that Dustin Penner has signed a one-year deal to stay with the Kings. (UPDATE: The deal is for $3.25-million, so he takes a paycut to remain with the champs.)

3:02 p.m. It's now confirmed that Guillaume Latendresse will sign with the Senators.

2:44 p.m. Filip Kuba signs with the Panthers on a two-year deal for $8-million. He will be looked at as the replacement for Jason Garrison, who is likely going to hit a home run in free agency.

So, as expected, the Senators will need a new defence partner for Erik Karlsson next season.

2:40 p.m. Two more checking winger types find new homes. Jets fan favourite Tanner Glass lands with the Penguins (two years at $1.1-million a season) while former Penguin Arron Asham signed with the Rangers (two years at $1-million per).

2:32 p.m. We have a lull here between signings. There are still the vast majority of the "big" names available. At this point, it appears unlikely Zach Parise or Ryan Suter sign on the first day.

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