NHL free agent tracker

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington
<p>A lot of players are going to change teams on Sunday. Who is going where? Stick with NBC Sports Washington for a live tracker of all the big moves.</p>

NHL free agent tracker

A lot of players are going to change teams on Sunday. Who is going where? Stick with NBC Sports Washington for a live tracker of all the big moves.

A lot of players are going to change teams on Sunday as free agency officially opens in the NHL.

Who is going where? Stick with NBC Sports Washington for a live tracker of all the big moves.

UPDATE (11:32 a.m.)

Statsny numbers: Paul Stastny is the best center on the market behind John Tavares. So why would he agree to a deal before Tavares signed? Why not wait and try to let the teams that missed out on Tavares join in the bidding?

Bob McKenzie reports Stastny's deal with Vegas is for three years with an AAV of  $6.5 million. That's a pretty good deal for the 32-year-old center and one that I do not believe would have gotten much better after the Tavares sweepstakes.

Tavares is a special case. Superstar players do not hit the market very often so teams are taking their shot at getting him. That doesn't necessarily mean those teams are in desperate need of a center. Take Toronto and Boston, for example. If Tavares does not go to either team, would Statsny really fill much of a need for them? Not really.

Maybe a few teams would have gotten into the mix, but this is a good deal for Statsny and it makes a lot of sense for him to sign it now rather than wait.

UPDATE (10:57 a.m.)

Caps reunion in Minnesota: First it was Eric Fehr, now it sounds like Matt Hendricks will be reuniting with Bruce Boudreau in Minnesota as well, reports Elliotte Friedman.

Mike Green extension signed: If you were holding out hope for Mike Green to return to Washington, I've got some bad news. The right-shot defenseman has officially signed a two-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings.

That deal reportedly carries with it a pretty hefty $5.375 million cap hit. It's no surprise to see Green re-sign with the Red Wings given that they were willing to pay that price for him.

UPDATE (Sunday, 10:35 a.m.)

Jay Beagle to Vancouver: It sounds like Jay Beagle's time in Washington is over. Vancouver was thought to be the frontrunner to sign the veteran center and Elliotte Friedman reports they indeed did win the bidding war with a four-year deal at $3 million per year.

No one wanted to see Beagle leave Washington, including Beagle based on what he said on breakdown day, but this is exactly why it was inevitable. The Caps could not afford to pay a fourth-line player who is 32 years old $3 million per year. He is just worth more to other teams at this point as Vancouver showed.

That is a great deal for Beagle and one he could not turn down just to stay in Washington.

John Tavares headed to free agency: With no deal in place, Tavares will hit the open market. If you are thinking to yourself that we already knew this and are wondering why it's significant, it's because the maximum deal he can now sign is for seven years. Had he re-signed with the New York Islanders he could have gotten an eight-year deal. Suddenly the Islanders have lost a measure of leverage that they previously had.

This is just speculation on my part, but if Tavares wanted to stay on Long Island he probably would have taken that eight-year deal. The fact that he has gotten this far means he is at least considering moving.

James van Riemsdyk to Philadelphia: The Metropolitan Division just got a bit tougher as van Riemsdyk is headed to the Flyers for five years with a cap hit of $7 million. John Buccigross was the first to report.

Van Riemsdyk scored a career-high 36 goals last season and is a consistent producer in the 50 to 60 point range.

Karlsson trade?: It sounds like an Erik Karlsson trade is a possibility. He is one of the superstars of the league and on the final year of his contract. Chances are the Ottawa Senators won't be close to competing next season and will be unwilling to pay what it will take to keep Karlsson.

Stastny to Vegas: Paul Stastny was a solid addition for the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline, but they always risked losing him after the season and it sounds like that is exactly what will happen. Bob McKenzie reports the Vegas Golden Knights are the frontrunner to land the veteran center.

That's two losses to Vegas in a row for Winnipeg. First, they lose in the conference finals in just five games to the Golden Knights and now Stastny is jumping ship.

Plekanec back to Montreal: Tomas Plekanec will return to Montreal on a one-year deal despite interest from Chicago, according to Pierre LeBrun.

Plekanec was traded to Toronto last season, but it was clearly not a good fit for the 35-year-old center. He had only two assists for the Leafs in 17 regular season games. He upped his game considerably for the playoffs with four points in seven games, however.

David Perron moving again: Bob McKenzie is reporting David Perron will be heading back to St. Louis. Perron started his career with the Blues, but since 2013 has played with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, St. Louis again, then Vegas.

Former Cap to Minnesota: Bob McKenzie reports Eric Fehr will go to Minnesota on a one-year deal. He will reunite there with Bruce Boudreau.

Vanek leaving the Metro: The journeyman forward will return to the Detroit Red Wings on a one-year deal, reports Darren Dreger, leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Halak staying East: Jaroslav Halak is staying in the Eastern Conference as he will sign with the Boston Bruins, reports Elliotte Friedman.

Halak struggled to be the No. 1 with the Islanders and going to a team like Boston where he can play behind established starter Tuukka Rask makes a lot of sense for him.

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