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“David, a former 20-goal scorer, is a big, versatile player who will provide secondary scoring and back-up depth at our centre position,” Maloney said. “Our associate coach, Jim Playfair, coached David in Calgary and believes he will be an excellent addition for us. We are pleased to add him to our roster.”

12:37 p.m. We have some more movement. Netminder Jonas Gustavsson signs a two-year deal with the Red Wings for $1.5-million a season, giving them a backup behind Jim Howard.

Gustavsson struggled in Toronto with health problems and inconsistency but should be an okay fit in a more limited role on a strong defensive team in Detroit. The dollar figure is high, however, given his track record and the fact there are several backups in need of new homes.

“He played in a very tough Toronto market where their team had trouble and he was kind of leaned on to be the guy and it might have been a bit too much,” said Jim Devellano, the Wings’ senior vice-president. “I think with the Red Wings we’ll have a better team, and I think he’ll do just fine.”

12:35 p.m. The Wild confirm they have submitted offers to both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They are one of a handful of teams that are going after both of the top guys this year. Both players are from near Minnesota so if they want a home coming, that's their option.

12:20 p.m. Jets re-sign Derek Meech on a one-year, two-way deal for $700,000 at the NHL level. He was hurt almost the entire season but has some ability and should get a chance to play in Winnipeg next season.

12:07 p.m. Flyers reportedly re-sign netminder Michael Leighton, who spent last year in the minors but appears will be their backup behind Ilya Bryzgalov to start next season.

Philadelphia had been looking to upgrade at the backup position and were interested in Tomas Vokoun before he went to Pittsburgh, but it's a thin crew of free agent netminders. They should also have options in the fall as there aren't enough homes for the goalies that are available.

12:05 p.m. Lightning re-sign Benoit Pouliot.

11:27 a.m. Captain Canada stays put on Canada Day: Ryan Smyth re-signs with the Oilers on a two-year deal for $2.25-million a season. (Via Darren Dreger)

That's a very reasonable contract for a player who had close to 50 points the past two seasons and can still contribute in a lot of areas.

11:26 a.m. Jordan Staal has a new contract with the Hurricanes. It's identical to the 10-year, $60-million one the Pittsburgh Penguins had been offering before the trade, proving he was not in this move for the money.

11 a.m. The first deal of the day. Brad May is reporting that netminder Scott Clemmensen will re-sign with the Panthers, which could have interesting ramifications on the goalie market elsewhere.

Florida had been rumoured to be in the mix for Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur; does this change that? GM Dale Tallon said at the draft he was happy with his goaltenders' play last season.

 

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