Every NHL Team’s Biggest Free Agent Addition This Offseason

Every NHL Team's Biggest Free Agent Addition This Offseason

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A lot of contracts have been shelled out since July 1. Some teams were able to improve their roster, while others added less than average players for a horrendous price. Here's a look at every NHL team's biggest free agent addition this offseason.

Note: This list does not include re-signings, only additions.

Anaheim Ducks - LW Dany Heatley

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Anaheim Ducks - LW Dany Heatley

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Heatley is a thoroughly skilled veteran who holds multiple records for his scoring ability. He will make a nice addition to the Ducks' lineup.

Arizona Coyotes - C Joe Vitale

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Arizona Coyotes - C Joe Vitale

Joe Vitale Pittsburgh Penguins
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If the Coyotes needed depth, then signing Vitale would have been a smart move. But since the Coyotes are already riding the struggle bus and they just recently lost one of their most valuable forwards, they should have been looking for a replacement. Instead, they chose to sign Vitale, who is a mediocre player at best.

Boston Bruins - No One

Peter Chiarelli
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Boston Bruins - No One

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The Bruins have re-signed restricted free agents, but due to their salary cap on the verge of bursting, they haven't been able to sign any new players.

Buffalo Sabres - RW Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta
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Buffalo Sabres - RW Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta Montreal Canadiens
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Gionta will bring a veteran mindset to Buffalo's lineup. He will also be joining fellow Canadiens teammate Josh Gorges, who he has already built chemistry with. Both players have been positive transactions for the Sabres.

Calgary Flames - G Jonas Hiller

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Calgary Flames - G Jonas Hiller

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Hiller is a skilled netminder with playoff experience. Last season with the Ducks, Hiller posted 29 wins, 13 losses and seven overtime loses with a .911 save percentage. Hiller will do well in between the pipes for the Flames.

Carolina Hurricanes - C Jay McClement

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Carolina Hurricanes - C Jay McClement

Jay McClement Toronto Maple Leafs
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McClement signed a one-year, $ 1 million contract. He will add depth down the middle as well as a physical presence. McClement could also assist in an already dangerous power play line.

Chicago Blackhawks - C Brad Richards

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Chicago Blackhawks - C Brad Richards

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Richards is a talented center who will thrive playing with the Blackhawks' skilled wingers. He signed a one-year, $ 2 million deal, and I would say that the Blackhawks made out on this one.

Colorado Avalanche - RW Jarome Iginla

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Colorado Avalanche - RW Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla Boston Bruins
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The 37-year-old has bounced around from team to team, trying to fulfill his dream of hoisting Lord Stanley's chalice. But I'm not sure if choosing to sign with the Avalanche was the right route to take. Iginla is a proficient player and the Avalanche have gotten better, but it's going to take a little more than just one talented veteran to assist the Avalanche to victory.

Columbus Blue Jackets - F Brian Gibbons

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Columbus Blue Jackets - F Brian Gibbons

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Signing Gibbons added depth to the Blue Jackets' roster. Gibbons posted fair numbers during his stint with the Penguins and will make a fine fourth-liner for the Blue Jackets.

Dallas Stars - RW Ales Hemsky

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Dallas Stars - RW Ales Hemsky

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The Stars will benefit significantly from Hemsky's decision to test free agency waters. If he can stay healthy, Hemsky will add much-needed scoring oomph to the Stars. He is an excellent playmaker, and at $ 4 million a year for three years, Hemsky was a smart addition.

Detroit Red Wings - No One

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Detroit Red Wings - No One

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Like the Bruins, the Red Wings have re-signed some of their players but failed to bring in any new additions. This is due to numerous reasons such as players having high salary demands with a lack of cap space as well as the team being inconsistent.

Edmonton Oilers - LW Benoit Pouliot

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Edmonton Oilers - LW Benoit Pouliot

Benoit Pouliot New York Rangers
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Pouliot has been bounced around from team to team, never given the chance to show off his talent. If he can stay consistent and continue to produce points, Pouliot just might find a home in Edmonton.

Florida Panthers - C Dave Bolland

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Florida Panthers - C Dave Bolland

Dave Bolland Toronto Maple Leafs
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The Panthers signed six free agents on July 1. Some of these players, like Jussi Jokinen, have outstanding potential and deserve a decent paycheck. Then you have players like Bolland, who is being paid $ 5.5 million a year. His best season was in 2008-09 where he scored 19 goals and accumulated 28 assists. Bolland may have been the Panthers' biggest signing but not the smartest signing in terms of handing out cash.

Los Angeles Kings - RW Adam Cracknell

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Los Angeles Kings - RW Adam Cracknell

Adam Cracknell St. Louis Blues
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Going into free agency, the Kings weren't interested in diving into the free agency pool. I mean, they won the Stanley Cup twice in three years, so why should they? They did, however, re-sign all of their RFAs and UFAs. They also signed Adam Cracknell from the Blues. Cracknell will most likely be sent down to the minors, but hey, depth is always a good thing to have -- even for champions.

Minnesota Wild - LW Thomas Vanek

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Minnesota Wild - LW Thomas Vanek

Thomas Vanek Montreal Canadiens
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Vanek is going back to his roots. The Minnesota native is looking forward to being able to play for his home team and help younger players like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter out. Vanek can rack up both goals and assists. He will be a complementary winger.

Montreal Canadiens - D Tom Gilbert

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Montreal Canadiens - D Tom Gilbert

Tom Gilbert Florida Panthers
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The Canadiens have added depth to their defense by signing Tom Gilbert. He normally isn't one to score, but Gilbert knows how to rack up assists.

Nashville Predators - C Mike Ribeiro

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Nashville Predators - C Mike Ribeiro

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After being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes, largely because of "behavioral issues," Ribeiro is focused and ready to give his all in Nashville. Ribeiro scored 16 goals and accumulated 31 assists last season. During his best season, which was with the Dallas Stars, Ribeiro scored 27 goals and accumulated 56 assists.

New Jersey Devils - LW Mike Cammalleri

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New Jersey Devils - LW Mike Cammalleri

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It should come as no surprise that Cammalleri was signed on the first day of free agency. In 63 games with the Flames last season, he scored 26 goals and accumulated 19 assists. Cammalleri will help assist the Devils' climb out of the hole they have dug themselves into.

New York Islanders - G Jaroslav Halak

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New York Islanders - G Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak Washington Capitals
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Signing Halak will be prove to be an upgrade from the Islanders' previous goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov. The 29-year-old has an average .918 save percentage and holds the Blues' shutout record. In Halak's best year, he played 57 games and totaled 27 wins, 21 losses and seven overtime losses.

New York Rangers - D Dan Boyle

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New York Rangers - D Dan Boyle

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Not only did the Rangers sign an experienced defenseman, but they signed one who chose to take less money to be on the team. The Rangers have been in Boyle's sights. He's determined and looking to help the Rangers in any way that he can.

Ottawa Senators - C David Legwand

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Ottawa Senators - C David Legwand

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Legwand is a solid third-line center with shutdown abilities. $ 3 million a year for two years isn't a bad bargain for an experienced forward.

Philadelphia Flyers - D Nick Schultz

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Philadelphia Flyers - D Nick Schultz

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Schultz will add depth to the Flyers' defense. His numbers have been underwhelming, but if he can get back into the groove he had in Minnesota, Schultz will prove to be a great back end blue liner.

Pittsburgh Penguins - D Christian Ehrhoff

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Pittsburgh Penguins - D Christian Ehrhoff

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The Penguins signed Ehrhoff to a one-year, $ 4 million deal. Ehrhoff posts similar points to Penguins top defenseman Paul Martin — who is being paid $ 1 million more. Signing Ehrhoff was not only a steal, but it was one of the best moves the Penguins have made this offseason.

St. Louis Blues - C Paul Stastny

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St. Louis Blues - C Paul Stastny

Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche
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The Blues have become real Stanley Cup contenders, but they can't quite make it past the quarterfinals. Stastny possesses two-way skills and is a great playmaker. The addition of Stastny might be what they've been looking for to help them achieve Stanley Cup glory.

San Jose Sharks - D/W John Scott

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San Jose Sharks - D/W John Scott

John Scott Buffalo Sabres
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Signing Scott has been the Sharks' biggest mistake — I mean, free agent addition this offseason. After the Sharks lost to the Kings in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you would think that they would try to find an accommodating player to add to their roster. Instead, the Sharks decided to sign Scott, who had two consecutive years of zero points, followed by only one in the 2013-14 season. I'm not sure what Doug Wilson was thinking with this one.

Tampa Bay Lightning - D Anton Stralman

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Tampa Bay Lightning - D Anton Stralman

Anton Stralman New York Rangers
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Stralman possesses a smart defensive mind. He will help the Lightning's blue line considerably, and it only cost the franchise $ 4.5 million a year.

Toronto Maple Leafs - D Stephane Robidas

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Toronto Maple Leafs - D Stephane Robidas

Stephane Robidas Anaheim Ducks
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The veteran defenseman will serve as a mentor to the Maple Leafs' young blue liners. Robidas can still post points, so $ 3 million a year for three years is not a bad deal.

Vancouver Canucks - G Ryan Miller

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Vancouver Canucks - G Ryan Miller

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Instead of searching for a franchise goalie, the Canucks decided to sign Miller to a three-year, $ 6 million contract. This is one of the worst deals this offseason, considering Miller's save percentage has only been above average as of lately. The Canucks need all the help they can get, but I'm not sure how much Miller will be able to aid them.

Washington Capitals - D Matt Niskanen

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Washington Capitals - D Matt Niskanen

Matt Niskanen Pittsburgh Penguins
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"If you can't beat them, be them" seems to be the Capitals' approach this time around. The Capitals acquired both Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen from the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1. Since Orpik is on the decline and Niskanen is only getting better, signing Niskanen is easily the Capitals' best free agent addition.

Winnipeg Jets - C Mathieu Perreault

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Winnipeg Jets - C Mathieu Perreault

Mathieu Perreault Anaheim Ducks
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The Jets lost C Olli Jokinen to free agency, so signing Perreault — who posts similar numbers — will replace Jokinen's points production. In the 69 games Perreault played with the Anaheim Ducks last season, he scored 18 goals and posted 25 assists. Not too bad.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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