Colorado Avalanche forward Joe Sakic has officially retired from hockey. Brochu's take: He was always one of my favourite players. See you in the Hall of Fame!
The Philadephia Flyers have re-signed defenseman Chris Pronger to a 7-year, $34.9 million contract extension. Brochu's take: The contract is not even heavily front loaded, so in the last 3 years of this contract, he will still have a cap hit of around $5 million. I'm not sure how Philly will be able to afford this down the line, but it's clear that GM Paul Holmgren wants to win NOW.
The New York Rangers have signed forward Ales Kotalik to a 3-year, $9 million contract.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 1-year, $500 000 contract. They also signed forward Stephane Veilleux to a 1-year, $750k contract.
The Bolts have also signed 2009 NHL first round pick Victor Hedman to a 3-year, entry-level contract.
The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Nick Boynton to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract.
The Avs have signed defenseman Brett Skinner and forward Phillipe Dupuis to contracts.
San Jose Sharks forward Claude Lemieux has retired. Again.
Florida Panthers forward Chad Kilger has officially announced his retirement from hockey.