The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Alex Kovalev to a 2-year, $10 million contract. Brochu's take: At $5 million, that's a bit pricey. And this certainly spells the end of Dany Heatley in Ottawa. GM Bryan Murray has a bit of work this summer to get under the cap.
The New York Rangers have re-signed forward Chris Higgins to a 1-year, $2.25 million contract.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a 3-year, $11.4 million contract.
The Leafs also signed 2009 first round pick Nazem Kadri to a 3-year, entry-level contract. They have also re-signed forwards Ben Ondrus and Ryan Hamilton to a one-year contract. The Maple Leafs also signed free agent forwards including Jay Rosehill to a two-year contract and Richard Greenop to a three-year entry level contract.
The Vancouver Canucks have signed goalie Andrew Raycroft. Terms were not disclosed.
The 'Nucks also signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed 5 free agents, including right wing Troy Brouwer to a two-year contract, goaltender Corey Crawford to a two-year contract, left wing Ben Eager to a one-year contract, center Colin Fraser to a one-year contact and defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year contract.