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[July 02, 2016]   July 1 (The Sports Xchange) - The Tampa Bay Lightning signed 6-foot-6, 223-pound defenseman Victor Hedman to an eight-year contract extension worth $63 million on Friday's first day of NHL free agency.

The 25-year-old Hedman played in 78 games with the Lightning last season, collecting 10 goals and 47 points to go along with a plus-21 rating and 46 penalty minutes.

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The Florida Panthers and defenseman Aaron Ekblad agreed to an eight-year, $60 million extension late Thursday night on the eve of free agency opening.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins signed general manager Jim Rutherford to a three-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season on Friday.

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Right winger Kyle Okposo signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres, according to multiple reports.

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The Edmonton Oilers just got a lot tougher, signing bruising 228-pound forward Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract.

The Oilers also signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract.

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The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Loui Eriksson to a six-year deal, $36 million contract, according to multiple reports.

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The Detroit Red Wings signed free agent center Frans Nielsen to a six-year, $31.5-million contract.

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The Boston Bruins signed center David Backes to a five-year, $30 million deal.

Boston also resigned defenseman John-Michael Liles to a one-year, $2 million deal and signed free agent goaltender Anton Khudobin to a two-year, $2 million deal.

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The New York Islanders agreed to terms with veteran forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera.

Ladd reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $38.5 million deal with the team. Chimera agreed to a two-year contract, according to the club.

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The Minnesota Wild signed center Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million deal, the club announced.

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The San Jose Sharks are looking to return to the Stanley Cup Finals next season and added forward Mikkel Boedker to the mix by giving him a four-year, $16 million contract, according to published reports.

San Jose also signed defenseman David Schlemko to a four-year contract. Schlemko spent the first six-plus seasons of his career with the Coyotes before being waived in early 2015.

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The Calgary Flames got involved on the first day of NHL free agency by signing veteran forward Troy Brouwer and goalkeeper Chad Johnson, the team announced.

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The St. Louis Blues signed forward David Perron to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

Also, the Blues signed top goaltender Jake Allen to a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension and signed Carter Hutton to a two-year, $2.25 million contract to be his backup.

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The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year contract, the team announced.

Dallas also announced it re-signed right winger Patrick Eaves and defenseman Dustin Stevenson to one-year deals and defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a two-year contract.

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenseman Brian Campbell to a one-year bargain basement contract.

The 37-year-old Campbell is coming off a $57-million contract, but signed for around $2 million to give the Blackhawks some solid blueline depth.

The Blackhawks also signed depth forwards Sam Carrick and Pierre-Cedric Labrie to one-year contracts.

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The Arizona Coyotes signed nine players on the first day of free agency, including forward Jamie McGinn.

Arizona also reached deals with defensemen Kevin Connauton, Klas Dahlbeck, Jamie McBain and Jarred Tinordi, forwards Chris Mueller, Garret Ross and Ryan White and goalkeeper Justin Peters. Connauton signed a two-year contract, Dahlbeck and White signed one-year deals, and McBain, Tinordi, Mueller, Ross and Peters all signed one-year, two-way contracts.

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The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent forward Alexander Radulov.

The Canadiens also signed goaltender Al Montoya to a one-year deal and defenseman Zach Redmond for two years.

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The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Connor Hobbs to a three-year, entry-level contract. (Editing by Andrew Both)

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