The Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out the rest of forward Vaclav Prospal's contract. He has 3 years at $3.5 million per year left on his deal, which means a 6-year cap hit of $1.167 million if his contract is bought out. Brochu's take: Good to see TB management is back at making stupid hockey decisions. Prospal is a decent point producer for his salary. Having that dead cap space for that long is not a good idea for any team.
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract. Brochu's take: I expect Harding will be traded in 2009-2010.
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Josh Gratton and defenseman Michael Vernace to one-year deals.
The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million deal.
The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed forwards Liam Reddox and Ryan Potulny to one-year deals.
The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The 'Yotes have also re-signed goalie Josh Tordjman to a one-year deal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goalie Dan LaCosta to a one-year dea.
The Ottawa Senators have signed Derek Smith to a one-year contract.