The St. Louis Blues have matched the 3-year, $7.5 million offer sheet give to David Backes by the Vancouver Canucks. Brochu's take: Well, that didn't take long. It was pretty obvious that it would be matched. Rumors were that GM Mike Gillis tried to get Backes via trade but was rejected.
The Canucks have signed forward Darcy Hordichuk to a three-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.
The Canucks also signed forward Ryan Johnson to a two-year, $2.4 million contract.
The New Jersey Devils have signed Brian Rolston to a four-year, $20.25 million contract.
The Devils have also signed Bobby Holik to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.
The Nashville Predators have signed goalie Drew MacIntyre to a one-year deal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Niklas Hagman to a four-year contract worth $12 million. Brochu's take: Maybe the Leafs ARE capable of making a decent signing.
The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Craig Weller to a two-year contract worth $600,000 a season.
The Boston Bruins have signed forward Michael Ryder to a 3-year, $12 million contract. Brochu's take: Will the Bruins actually play him?
The Columbus Blue Jackets have sigend defenceman Mike Commodore to a 5 year, $18.75 million contract.