And so it begins...
- The Panthers have inked both Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts, adding well over 2,000 games played, 900 goals and 1,800 points. Not a bad afternoon for the Cats.
- Boston picked up forward Brad Isbister from Edmonton for a fourth round pick in next year's draft. I doubt this was the "huge" deal to which GM Mike O'Connell was referring.
- The Kings signed forward Tom Kostopoulos.
- Minnesota signed forward Andrei Nazarov.
- St. Louis signed forward Aaron Downey.
- Anaheim sent center Mikael Holmqvist to Chicago for forward Travis Moen.
- Columbus signed defenseman Adam Foote, one of the most sought after defensemen on the market. This is probably the first signing that never would have happened under the old salary structure, and is an encouraging sign that perhaps every team will be able to compete for top free agent talent.