The Dallas Stars announced the signing of 40-year-old forward Ray Whitney on the first day of free agency.
Whitney managed to earn himself an extra year with a fine 2011-12 campaign, agreeing to a two-year, $9 million US deal.
Whitney scored 24 goals to go along with 53 assists in 82 games for Phoenix last season, good for 12th in the league in points and one of his best seasons ever.
The Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native also notched his 1,000th point during the campaign.
"Ray Whitney was among the most productive players in the league last season and showed he remains extremely capable and dangerous,” Stars general Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement. "He’s a winner, a competitor and a leader, and we’re very excited he’ll be a Dallas Star."
He has appeared in 1,229 career NHL games with San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Carolina, Detroit and Phoenix, scoring 365 goals to go along with 638 assists.
Whitney won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.
The Colorado Avalanche landed one of the bigger names available in the market, P.A. Parenteau.
The 29-year-old forward was rewarded with a four-year contract for $16 million after setting up 49 goals, to go along with 18 of his own for the New York Islanders.
"P.A. is a skilled winger who will instantly improve our offence," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman. "He’s a dynamic player who will help our power play and complement our young centres."
Colorado also signed forward John Mitchell, last of the New York Rangers, as well as veteran blue-liner Greg Zanon, who split time with Minnesota and Boston in 2011-12.
Salo leaves Vancouver
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed former Vancouver defenceman Sami Salo to a two-year contract, and agreed with forward Benoit Pouliot on a one-year term.
The 37-year-old free agent Salo spent the past nine seasons with the Canucks and has appeared in 761 career games with Vancouver and the Ottawa Senators.
Over portions of 13 NHL seasons, Salo has 93 goals and 305 points. He appeared in 100 playoff games with the Senators and Canucks. He also has been a part of three teams that competed for Finland in the Olympics.
Salo, a ninth-round draft pick of the Senators in 1996, appeared in 69 games with Vancouver last season, finishing with nine goals and 25 points. He led Canucks defencemen with seven power-play goals.
The knock on Salo has been his injury-prone nature. He has not played in over 70 games in a season since 2003-04, playing just 27 games two seasons ago.
The Lightning traded for the 25-year-old Pouliot on June 23 after he posted a career high 16 goals to go along with 16 assists for Boston in 2011-12.
Ducks add Allen, Souray, Staubitz
The Anaheim Ducks signed defenceman Sheldon Souray to a three-year, $11 million deal US and agreed to terms with defenceman Bryan Allen on another three-year deal Sunday, significantly upgrading their spotty defence with two veteran free agents.
The Ducks also signed tough right wing Brad Staubitz to a two-year contract, easing the loss of longtime enforcer George Parros, and signed defenceman Jordan Hendry to a one-year deal.
Souray is likely to be a staple on the Ducks' power play, while the stay-at-home Allen will fill a major defensive role.
"We attempted to get bigger and stronger on the back end, and I think we accomplished that," Anaheim general manager Bob Murray said. "We've added some character across the team."
After spending the 2010-11 season with the AHL's Hershey Bears while locked in a bitter dispute with the Edmonton Oilers, the 35-year-old Souray revived his career last season with the Dallas Stars, getting six goals and 15 assists in 64 games. The three-time All-Star is joining his fifth team in 12 NHL seasons/
Allen spent the last 1 ½ season with the Carolina Hurricanes, who acquired him in a trade with Florida. He began his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, and has 29 goals and 89 assists in parts of 11 seasons.
Staubitz could help fill the hole left by Parros, who signed with Florida in hopes of playing more than an enforcer's role, and fellow tough guy Sheldon Brookbank, who went to Chicago. Staubitz, a longtime San Jose farmhand, split last season between Minnesota and Montreal, recording one point and 121 penalty minutes in 62 games.
Murray said he'll have talks in the next few days with Teemu Selanne, who hasn't formally announced whether he'll play his 20th NHL season despite reports of his return in the Finnish media.
Penner staying put
Forward Dustin Penner agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract to remain with the Los Angeles Kings.
Penner's deal was announced Sunday with the Stanley Cup champion Kings, who have retained every significant player from last season's run to their first NHL championship.
Penner is a two-time Stanley Cup champion who has been with the Kings since midway through the 2010-11 season. He struggled during the regular season last winter, managing just seven goals and 10 assists in 65 games, but emerged as a big contributor in the post-season on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
Penner scored the series-winning overtime goal in the Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Coyotes, sending Los Angeles to just the second Stanley Cup finals in franchise history.
Wings add Gustavsson, Tootoo, re-acquire Samuelsson
Detroit agreed to a three-year contract with gritty forward Jordin Tootoo after reaching two-year deals with backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and veteran forward Mikael Samuelsson on the first day of NHL free agency Sunday.
The Nashville Predators drafted Tootoo in 2001 and the tough guy has spent his entire career with them, racking up 725 career penalty minutes and 125 points.
Gustavsson played for Toronto last season and won a team-high 17 games with a team-low 2.92 goals-against average. He was 39-45 with a 2.98 GAA over three seasons with the Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old Swede will be Jimmy Howard's backup in Detroit. Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald split time as No. 2 goalies for the Red Wings last season.
Samuelsson helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2008 in his third of four seasons with the franchise. The 35-year-old Swede was limited because of injuries to 54 games and 31 points last season with Vancouver and Florida.
Moss hopes to grow in Glendale
The Phoenix Coyotes signed right wing David Moss to a two-year contract.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Moss played his entire NHL career with Calgary after the Flames selected him in the seventh round of the 2001 draft.
The 30-year-old from Michigan struggled with injuries last season, scoring two goals with seven assists in 32 games. In 2008-09, he had career highs of 20 goals and 19 assists.
Moss has 61 goals and 63 assists in 317 career regular-season games, along with four goals and two assists in 17 playoff games.
The Coyotes also signed minor league goalie Chad Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract.
Burish, Kuba change addresses
The San Jose Sharks added some toughness by signing forward Adam Burish to a four-year, $7.4 million contract.
General manager Doug Wilson and coach Todd McLellan called Burish immediately when the free agency period opened Sunday morning, and they quickly got their man.
"He's the type of guy you hate to play against," Wilson said. "You want him on your side. He doesn't care about anything other than winning."
Burish, 29, is a physical forward who played mostly on the fourth line in Dallas last season. He had six goals, 13 assists, 76 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating.
Burish has 25 goals and 29 assists with 490 penalty minutes in 297 career games. He played his first four seasons in Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, before spending the last two years with the Stars, where he missed the playoffs.
"I miss that suffering, that kind of pain, playing tired, playing hurt," he said. "As crazy as that sounds, I miss that. I want to figure out how to win a Stanley Cup again. San Jose, to me, should be a team competing for the Stanley Cup every year."
Goaltender Scott Clemmensen is staying with the Florida Panthers, and defenceman Filip Kuba is returning after more than a decade away.
In addition, the club picked up longtime Anaheim tough guy George Parros.
The Panthers announced a two-year extension for Clemmensen on Sunday, their first official move in the NHL's free agency period. Not long afterward, the team announced another two-year deal with Kuba — a 1995 draft pick by Florida who last played for the Panthers on Jan. 6, 2000.
Clemmensen was 14-6-6 in 30 regular-season appearances last season for the Southeast Division champions, and was 1-2 with a 2.35 goals-against average in the playoffs against New Jersey.
"Scott is a high-character, hard-working player who is a true professional in every sense," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He stepped in and played very well in some tough games for us last season. ... We are very pleased to have him back with our club."
Clemmensen will be entering his fourth year with the Panthers this fall.
Kuba was an eighth-round pick by the Panthers 17 years ago. He was traded to Calgary in March 2000, then claimed in the expansion draft by Minnesota three months later. Kuba played five seasons with the Wild, two more with Tampa Bay and the last four with Ottawa.
He has 69 goals and 254 assists in 792 NHL games.
"Filip is an experienced player who adds further depth to our blue line," Tallon said. "He is a big, strong and responsible, shutdown defenceman who averaged more than 23 minutes of ice time per game last season. We are confident that he will fit very well into our top six and help our power play."
Parros, 32, has also played for Colorado and Los Angeles in his 413-game NHL career. He's compiled 17 goals and 16 assists, with 950 penalty minutes.
Chris Mason back where it all started
Goalie Chris Mason moves from Winnipeg for a second stint with Nashville, his first NHL club.
Predators general manager David Poile confirmed the move on Sunday.
Mason has a 136-106-30 record in a career that has seen him also play in St. Louis. He's recorded 23 shutouts, with a .910 save percentage.
Brookbank to Chicago
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year deal with defenceman Sheldon Brookbank.
The 31-year-old Brookbank had a career-high three goals and 11 assists in 80 games with the Ducks last season. He has four goals, 32 assists and 400 penalty minutes in 277 career games over seven seasons with Nashville, New Jersey and Anaheim.
The Blackhawks announced the deal on Sunday, the opening day of the NHL's free agency period.
Asham to Rangers
The New York Rangers have added grit and experience to their lineup by reaching a deal with forward Arron Asham on the first day of NHL free agency.
A 13-season NHL veteran, Asham spent the past two years with Pittsburgh. He had five goals and 11 assists in 64 games last season. Overall, he has 92 goals and 206 points in 756 career games split between five teams.
Asham broke into the NHL in 1998 with Montreal, and has also played for the Islanders, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Earlier on Sunday, the Rangers agreed to re-sign defenseman Stu Bickel, who had nine assists in 51 games in his first NHL season last year. New York had acquired Bickel in a trade with Anaheim in November 2010.
Pens pick up Glass
The Penguins on Sunday signed free-agent forward Tanner Glass to a two-year contract.
Pittsburgh, with money to spend this off-season and eyes on bigger prizes later on, will pay Glass, 28, $1.1 million per season. The veteran had 246 hits and 51 blocked shots for Winnipeg last season, and will fill the hole created when Arron Asham signed with the Rangers earlier in the day.
"I was really fortunate in Winnipeg to play in some big situations. The penalty kill and other major responsibilities for me," Glass said. "I played against some of the top lines in the league on a nightly basis. I think those are great minutes, and you learn a lot in those minutes.
"It was just a privilege to have that much ice time last year, and I had a really good year."
Sabres sign Scott
The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract.
Listed at 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, the 29-year-old Scott split last season between Chicago and the New York Rangers. He finished with just one assist in 35 games.
Undrafted out of Michigan Tech, Scott broke into the NHL during the 2008-09 season with the Minnesota Wild. Overall, he has a goal and four assists, and 236 penalty minutes in 146 career games.
General manager Darcy Regier said Scott's size and toughness will be valuable additions.With files from CBCSports.ca