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Flurry of free agent signings
With the 2006-07 NHL salary cap expected to hit the $44 million mark, this free-agent season has started off with a band with some high priced talent signing on the dotted line. Zdeno Chara's four year $37.5 million deal with the Boston Bruins, Ed Jovanovski's five year $32.5 million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes and Patrick Elias' decision to stay in New Jersey for the next seven year for $42 million were probably the biggest signings. The Bruins also sured up their forwards by getting ex-Thrasher Marc Savard's name on a five year, $20 million contract.
In other news, Doug Weight and Rob Blake chose to "go back home again" by signing with the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings respectively. The Toronto Maple Leafs added to their blue line by officially re-signing Bryan McCabe and then getting Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill. Free agent goalie Dwayne Roloson will stay in Edmonton while Martin Gerber went to the Ottawa Senators, who also re-signed defenseman Wade Redden prior to the free agent period. Nicklas Lidstrom has decided to stay on in Detroit for another two years while the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to alleviate their goalie woes by trading Fredrik Norrena and Fredrik Modin to the Blue Jackets for Marc Denis.