Free Agent Signings

Canucks add Malhotra – 3 years 7.5

Leafs sign Colby Armstrong – 3 years 9 million

Tanguay signs with Calgary

Canadiens add Alex Auld – 1 year 1 million

Phoenix signs Ray Whitney

Hamhuis to Vancouver – 6 years – 4.5 per season

Jokinen to Calgary – 2 years 3 per year

Volchenkov to NJ – 6 years 4.25 per season

Leafs likely to go trade route

When you have missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season and are void of high draft picks, there’s not much hope to sell in an NHL off season.

So many Maple Leafs fans will buy into the notion that Canada Day truly could be free-agent frenzy for the team and that their wheeling-dealing general manager will somehow do something to spin this thing around.

Reality, on the other hand, is considerably more sobering.

Savard to Calgary? Blues looking at trade options

Savard to CGY for Regher

Blues looking outside for defensive help?

GONCHAR SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SENATORS

Veteran defenceman Sergei Gonchar has signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $5.5 million per year.

The contract also includes a no-trade clause.

Sens GM Bryan Murray had been said to be looking for a puck-moving blueliner and he did so in acquiring the Russian powerplay quarterback.

Maple Leafs Aquire Versteeg From Blackhawks in 5 Player Deal

The Chicago Blackhawks are sending forward Kris Versteeg to Toronto in a five-player deal. He had 44 points in 79 regular-season games last season. Versteeg added 14 points in the post-season for the Stanley Cup champions. The Maple Leafs give up forwards Viktor Stalberg , Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis in the deal. Toronto also gets the rights to left-winger Bill Sweatt .