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NHL free agency 2017: Deal tracker and analysis

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Stay tuned to THN.com for up-to-minute analysis of all the biggest deals, as they happen.

Welcome to NHL free agency day 2017. Stay tuned to THN.com for up-to-minute analysis of all the biggest deals, as they happen.

This year's class is short on big-name superstars, but that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of money, and a lot of term, thrown around on Saturday.

Get acquainted with who's available by checking out our list of the Top 30 free agents. This tracker will only cover the deals signed on July 1st. You can also check out a list of every move made so far this off-season in the Transactions Log. All contract information courtesy of CapFriendly.com.

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D KEVIN SHATTENKIRK signs four-year deal worth $26.6 million with RANGERS.
THN's Take: The best player on the market signed a sensible deal. A coup for the Rangers 

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D KARL ALZNER signs five-year deal worth $23.1 million with CANADIENS. 
THN's Take: Habs get Alzner at a relative bargain, but is he what they need?

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SHARKS sign D MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC to eight-year extension worth $56 million, and G MARTIN JONES to six-year extension worth $34.5 million.
THN's Take: Two deals should keep Sharks competitive well into the future

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D CAM FOWLER signs eight-year extension worth $52 million with DUCKS.
THN's Take: Fowler turned a big season into a big extension, and Anaheim's 'D' corps is locked up longterm 

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C BRIAN BOYLE signs two-year deal worth $5.1 million with DEVILS. 
THN's Take: Boyle adds veteran leadership to young Devils

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D TREVOR DALEY signs three-year deal worth $9.5 million with RED WINGS.
THN's Take: Daley will make Red Wings better on and off the ice

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D DMITRY KULIKOV signs three-year deal worth $12.9 million with JETS.
THN's Take: Jets spend big to land Kulikov, and deal has serious boom-or-bust potential

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C MARTIN HANZAL signs three-year deal worth $14.2 million with STARS. 
THN's Take: Stars continue to reload wit Hanzal signing

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RW RADIM VRBATA signs one-year deal worth $3.75 million with PANTHERS.
THN's Take: Vrbata's first stint in Florida wasn't great, but maybe this bonus-laden deal will motivate him 

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D DAN GIRARDI signs two-year deal worth $6 million with LIGHTNING. 
THN's Take: Lighting think Girardi still has something to contribute

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C NICK BONINO signs four-year deal worth $16.4 million with PREDATORS.
THN's Take: Bonino deal is a rare misstep from GM David Poile.

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C PATRICK SHARP signs one-year deal worth $1 million with BLACKHAWKS. 
THN's Take: Blackhawks getting the band back together with low-rish deal with Sharp

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C SAM GAGNER signs three-year deal worth $9.4 million with CANUCKS. 
THN's Take: 
Canucks add much needed offense with signing of Gagner, Del Zotto

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D MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO signs two-year deal worth $6 million with CANUCKS.
THN's Take: Canucks add much needed offense with signing of Gagner, Del Zotto

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D RON HAINSEY, signs two-year deal with MAPLE LEAFS. 
THN's Take: Hainsey doesn't move the needle for Maple Leafs

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G STEVE MASON signs two-year deal worth $8.2 million with JETS. 
THN's Take: Mason may be perfect fit for Jets

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LW JUSTIN WILLIAMS signs two-year deal worth $9 million with HURRICANES.
THN's Take: Williams returns to Carolina and adds depth to forward corps.

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LW CHRIS KUNTIZ signs one-year deal worth $2 million with LIGHTNING.
THN's Take: Tampa Bay adds some depth and veteran, championship experience on the wing.

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G BRIAN ELLIOTT signs two-year deal worth $5.5 million with FLYERS.
THN's Take: Elliott just the latest band-aid goalie in Philly

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G ANDERS NILSSON signs two-year deal worth $5 million with CANUCKS.
THN's Take: Nilsson can help push Jacob Markstrom in the Canucks' crease.

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LW MIKE CAMMALLERI signs one-year deal worth $1 million with KINGS.
THN's Take: The Kings were looking for a boost to their 25th-ranked offense, and Cammalleri can provide that at even strength and on the power play.

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G ANTTI NIEMI signs one-year deal worth $700,000 with PENGUINS.
THN's Take: Losing Marc-Andre Fleury meant Penguins needed an experienced backup. Niemi provides that.

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D MATT HUNWICK signs three-year deal worth $6.75 million with PENGUINS.
THN's Take: The two-time defending champions add a veteran puck-moving defenseman to bolster blueline.

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G JONATHAN BERNIER signs one-year deal worth $2.75 million with AVALANCHE.
THN's Take: Bernier fills a hole in goal as Semyon Varlamov's backup after Calvin Pickard was plucked away by the Vegas Golden Knights.

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G CHAD JOHNSON signs one-year deal worth $2.5 million with SABRES.
THN's Take: With Nilsson heading to Vancouver, Buffalo brings back Johnson to add some stability in goal.

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LW BENOIT POULIOT signs one-year deal worth $1.15 million with SABRES. 
THN's Take: Pouliot brings size and two-way acumen to the Sabres' bottom-six.

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RW LANDON FERRARO signs two-year deal worth $1.4 million with WILD. 
THN's Take: Ferraro had a tough season in 2015-16, but he's got a chance to crack the third- or fourth-line in Minnesota.

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G RYAN MILLER signs two-year deal worth $4 million with DUCKS. 
THN's Take: Speculation has always been that Miller would end up in California, and now he finally has as John Gibson's backup.

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D RYAN MURPHY signs one-year deal worth $700,000 with WILD.
THN's Take: Trading Marco Scandella opened up a spot on the Wild blueline. Murphy has disappointed, but he's a worthwhile project.

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G ANDERS LINDBACK signs one-year deal worth $650,000 with PREDATORS. 
THN's Take: A return to North America -- and Nashville -- for Lindback after a stint in Sweden. 

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C CAL O'REILLY signs two-year deal worth $1.4 million with WILD. 
THN's Take: Minnesota lands some two-way center depth by inking O'Reilly. 

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LW BEAU BENNETT signs one-year deal worth $650,000 with BLUES.
THN's Take: Injuries have hampered his career, but Bennett has some upside if he can stay healthy.

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C NATE THOMPSON signs two-year deal worth $3.3 million with SENATORS.
THN's Take: Thompson is familiar with bench boss Guy Boucher from the days in Tampa Bay, and the shutdown center is a favorite of the coach.

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RW ALEXANDER BURMISTROV signs one-year deal worth $900,000 with CANUCKS.
THN's Take: The potential has always been there, but Burmistrov has yet to fulfill it. Give him a chance and he could surprise in Vancouver.

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LW EVGENI DADONOV signs three-year deal worth $12 million with PANTHERS.
THN's Take: In the KHL, Dadonov scored 53 goals and 112 points over his past 112 games. If that translates to the NHL, Florida will be over the moon.

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G J-F BERUBE signs two-year deal worth $1.5 million with BLACKHAWKS.
THN's Take: Expansion draft selection from the New York Islanders gets a chance to find his game as a minor-leaguer in Chicago.

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G NIKLAS SVEDBERG signs one-year deal worth $700,000 with WILD.
THN's Take: He had a rough year in the KHL this past season, but his NHL and AHL experience give him third-string potential.

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D KYLE QUINCEY signs one-year deal worth $1.25 million with WILD.
THN's Take: Another addition on the blueline gives Minnesota even more security defensively after shipping Scandella to the Sabres.

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G JEREMY SMITH signs one-year deal worth $750,000 with HURRICANES.
THN's Take: The trade of Eddie Lack left Carolina needing additional goaltending depth in case of injury. Smith can fill that role.

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RW SETH GRIFFITH signs one-year deal worth $650,000 with SABRES.
THN's Take: After stops in Boston, Toronto, Florida, Griffith looks to find a steady home. He'll have a chance in Buffalo.

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G CAL PETERSEN signs two-year, entry-level deal worth $1.85 million with KINGS.
THN's Take: Drafted by the Sabres, Petersen has decided to head to Los Angeles to start his career. He posted stellar numbers at Norte Dame in 2016-17.

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D CHRISTIAN FOLIN signs one-year deal worth $850,000 with KINGS.
THN's Take: Kings needed to add an extra defenseman or two. Folin is the first piece of that puzzle.

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D PATRICK WIERCIOCH signs one-year deal worth $650,000 with CANUCKS.
THN's Take: The Canucks continue to add, this time on the blueline. Size and a shot.

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D PAUL POSTMA signs one-year deal worth $725,000 with BRUINS.
THN's Take: After leaving the Jets, Postma could crack the Bruins as a part-time defender.

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C DOMINIC MOORE signs one-year deal worth $1 million with MAPLE LEAFS.
THN's Take: The Maple Leafs have essentially replaced Brian Boyle with Moore. That’s fourth-line center depth.

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RW CHRIS THORBURN signs two-year deal worth $1.8 million with BLUES.
THN's Take: Thorburn comes in to replace Ryan Reaves, who was shipped to the Penguins at the draft.

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G ONDREJ PAVELEC signs one-year deal worth $1.3 million with RANGERS.
THN's Take: First, Cam Talbot headed to the Rangers. Next, it was Antti Raanta to the Coyotes. Now Pavelec comes aboard to help out King Henrik.

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