List of Notable NHL UFA Signings – July 4, 2014

Check out the latest listing of NHL unrestricted free agent signings.

David Legwand inks a 2-year deal with the Ottawa Senators.

David Legwand inks a 2-year deal with the Ottawa Senators.

The Ottawa Senators have signed center David Legwand to a two-year, $6 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a short-term move to fill the gap at center left from Jason Spezza’s departure via trade. Expect Legwand to center the second line. He had 51 points last season, but struggled with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2014 playoffs. Still, he’ll play that two-way style Senators coach Paul MacLean prefers. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed former Penguins forward Brian Gibbons to a one-year, tw0-way deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you don’t remember Gibbons or what the Blue Jackets see in him, let this short-handed goal in this year’s Penguins-Blue Jackets playoff series serve as a reminder. 

The St. Louis Blues have signed former Sharks winger John McCarthy to a one-year, $600K contract.


  1. Another centre off the list with the Legwand signing. I believe Edmonton should take a look at Peter Mueller. Big centreman, led the swiss league in scoring last year and can probably be signed for good term & salary. I don’t think Lecavalier will come to the Oilers without a huge overpayment so why not give Mueller a chance to show how bad he wants back in the show. He’s got to be at least on the same level as Arcobella.
    Heard Franson talk was linked with the Flames. If that doesn’t work out maybe he’d rather play 3 hours north of Calgary instead.

    • Totally on board with your assessment of Mueller. I’m surprised his name hasn’t popped up more often, considering the overall lack of depth in this year’s group of UFAs, and the fact that so many teams are crying for help at centre. Another player that may come cheap and be worth taking a gamble on, is Devin Setoguchi. He could be this year’s answer to Mason Raymond.

    • What do you mean when you say Vinny won’t go to oilers without a huge overpayment?
      He is under contract already and flyers are looking to dump him and possibly retain some salary also. He could be had pretty cheap I think.

  2. Careful what you wish for in regards to Franson, the best thing for the Oilers would be if Franson played in Calgary.

  3. Just throwing this out there as there as an idea, but wouldn’t Kelly from Boston be a good fit for the Oil? Only 2 years left at a reasonable 3mil cap hit, and is one of the best defensive centers in the game who can add some offence. fits their 2 year bridge to when all their young guys are ready to help them contend. He also wears an “A” for a perennial contender with a winning culture. They need leadership and a tutor. Also played with Pouliot when he was in Boston and helped him develop. Also knows Ference well.
    Bruins need to shed payroll and would likely take a pick in return. Perhaps a 2nd rounder gets it done.
    Kelly has a NTC which may be getting in the way, and the B’s treat their veterans well and will respect the contracts they signed with them and won’t pressure them through the media.
    Being a B’s fan living in Edmonton this seems to make sense for both.