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Puck Daddy’s 2014 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Live Blog, Hour 1

Sean Leahy
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12:55 p.m. ET -- More spending for Florida! They've chosen to back up a truck of money for Dave Bolland, inking him to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Dale Tallon knows him from his days in Chicago, but that is just some silly money. The Toronto Maple Leafs and their salary cap situation should be happy.

Here's our take on the Bolland deal.

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12:50 p.m. ET -- More quick signings: Mason Raymond to the Calgary Flames for three-years, $9.5 million, per Darren Dreger. Raymond gambled on a one-year deal last season with the Maple Leafs and cashed in after a 19-goal, 45 point season. 

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Dan Boyle has received his two-year deal and will be going to the New York Rangers for $9 million through the 2015-16 season. His rights were dealt to the New York Islanders, but the two sides were unable to comes to terms on a contract. 

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The Florida Panthers have promised they would spend and they've started out by inking Jussi Jokinen to a four-year, $16 million deal. Jokinen excelled in Pittsburgh after being scooped off the waiver wire. Of course, playing alongside Evgeni Malkin helps. 

12:40 p.m. ET -- Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Capitals are bringing Justin Peters on board with a two-year deal. He'll join Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby in the Caps' crease.

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The signings are coming fast and furious now: Paul Stastny, seven years, $28 million to St. Louis; Mike Cammalleri to New Jersey, five years, $25 million; Tom Gilbert to the Montreal Canadiens for two years, $2.8 million; and Josh Gorges has decided to waive his no-trade clause to go to Buffalo in a deal. Remember he thought against doing so for a deal to the Maple Leafs on Monday.

Here's our take on the Stastny deal.

Here's our take on the Gorges trade and Gilbert deal.

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12:30 p.m. ET -- The New York Islanders have found their backup for Jaro Halak by signing Chad Johnson, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. It's a two-year deal, worth $2.6 million, per Darren Dreger. Johnson did a solid job in spelling Tuukka Rask in Boston last season posting a .932 even-strength save percentage in 27 appearances.

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Milan Michalek is off the market after inking a three-year, $12 million extension with the Ottawa Senators, according to Bruce Garrioch. That's a pay cut for him, which seems to be a trend in Ottawa these days...

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12:20 p.m. ET -- Noon has arrived and the free agents are signing fast. The Edmonton Oilers are jumping in the pool early, locking up defenseman Mark Fayne on a four-year, $14.5 million deal, according to TSN, and forward Benoit Pouliot for five years, $20 million, per Renaud Lavoie. Are the Oilers fancy stats bloggers now running the team? Here's our take on the deals.

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12:10 p.m. ET -- According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Washington Capitals are among a handful of teams making a "hard run" at Brooks Orpik. Hopefully they don't move too quick toward Orpik, otherwise they'll go right by him.

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The first signing of the day: Manny Malhotra with the Montreal Canadiens, as per Bob McKenzie. It's a one-year, $850,000 deal. If there's one thing Malhotra does, it's win face-offs and he was 59.4-percent successful in the dot with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Christian Ehrhoff has also signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here's our take on the deal.

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Looking at CapGeek, there are a lot of teams with a lot of salary cap space, while the likes of the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have their hands tied. If they're going to make any moves this summer, they'll have to find takers for contracts. Two teams who are interested in potentially taking on your bad contracts are the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. You will, however, have to include a top draft pick to make anything like that happen.

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According to his agent, Brian Gionta is now a free agent after not coming to an extension with the Montreal Canadiens.

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12 p.m. ET -- The Minnesota Wild, with their $19 million-plus in salary cap space are apparently in on every free agent availabile. Matt Niskanen, Thomas Vanek, Jarome Iginla, Willie Mitchell have all caught general manager Chuck Fletcher's eye, according to Mike Russo. Niskanen's agent will look at a long-term deal, potentially seven years, while Vanek wouldn't be opposed to something shorter. Iginla, meanwhile, will hit the market after being unable to work something out with the Boston Bruins. He's reportedly looking for a two-year deal.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins traded one Evgeni Malkin's linemates over the weekend. How will GM Jim Rutherford replace him? By potentially going after his good buddy, Nikolai Kulemin. Another issue facing Rutherford is rebuilding the team's third and fourth lines. One step in the right direction would be by signing Benoit Pouliot, who the Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe reports is on the Pens' radar.

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Out on Christian Ehrhoff, the Detroit Red Wings are pursuing Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen, says MLive.com's Ansar Khan. And for Dave Bolland, Sportsnet reports that the Florida Panthers are hot and heavy on him. Apparently the Toronto Maple Leafs think 5-years, $25 million is a bit excessive. They would be correct.

You know how when a long-time player leaves an organization on not the best of terms and the knives come out? Welcome to life after leaving, Jason Spezza:

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