Who's who among National Hockey League free agents


Vlasic, 30, signed an eight-year, $56 million U.S. pact ($7 million AAV) while Jones inked six-year, $34.75 million United States deal ($5.75 million).

High-scoring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is headed to the New York Rangers.

The New Rochelle, New York native - who, earlier this morning, was the subject of conflicting reports - has now signed with the Rangers. Other NHL teams will also be plenty active on Saturday. The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, didn't get a good return on their $36 million, six-year investment in Loui Eriksson.

The biggest fish of the National Hockey League free agent market is heading to the Big Apple. Williams won the Stanley Cup with the Canes in 2005-06.

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ANTON STRALMAN: It isn't easy to land an offensive defenseman in free agency, but the Tampa Bay Lighting did in 2014 with Stralman. Four of his six points came on the power play.

The deal for the former U.S. Olympian solidifies the top two defense pairs: Shattenkirk will likely be partnered with captain Ryan McDonagh; the recently re-signed Brendan Smith (for four years at $17.4 million) will join Brady Skjei.

STEPHEN WEISS: Detroit didn't make the playoffs this year for the first time since 1990 in part because they haven't had many hits in free agency.

Meanwhile, down the California coast, the Anaheim Ducks made a huge splash by re-signing young defenceman Cam Fowler, 25, to an eight-year, $52 million extension ($6.5 million AAV) that kicks in at the start of the 2018-19 season.