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NHL Free Agent Tracker - Restricted Free Agents

All the signings in the summer of 2003. Updated regularly.

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For a list of current NHL free agents, the latest free agent news, NHL salary info and the rules governing free agency. see the NHL Free Agent Center.

NHL Salary Arbitration Results

August 25 -

Chris Drury has a four-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Drury was acquired from the Calgary Flames in July. In 80 games last season, Drury scored 23 goals and 30 assists. He is a five-year NHL veteran and winner of the 1999 Calder Trophy Rookie of the Year with the Colorado Avalanche.

Other restricted free agents re-signing this week:
- Center Tyler Arnason of the Chicago Blackhawks
- Defenseman Scott Hannon of the San Jose Sharks
- Defenseman Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens
- Center Chris Gratton of the Phoenix Coyotes
- Center Brad Richards of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Center Niko Kapanen of the Dallas Stars.

August 22 -

Other restricted free agents re-signing this week:
- Defenseman David Tanabe of the Phoenix Coyotes
- Defenseman Bryan McCabe of the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Right winger Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers
- Goaltender Sebastien Caron of the Pittsburgh Penguins

August 20 -

Coming off a career year, Dan Boyle has nearly tripled his salary. The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed the defenseman to a multi-year contract. He will earn $2.3-million in the first year, up from $850,000 last season. Boyle, 27, finished 2002-03 ranked 5th among NHL defensemen in points with 13 goals and 40 assists. He ranked 22nd in the league in average ice time.

August 18 -

Anson Carter and the New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.8-million contract. The 29-year-old centre made $2.4-million last season. Carter scored 25 goals and 30 assists in 68 games with Edmonton before being dealt at the trade deadline. He recorded one goal and four assists in 11 games with the Rangers.

August 14 -

The Nashville Predators have come to terms with their number-one defender. Kimmo Timonen is Nashville’s all-time leading defenseman in games played (337), goals (43), assists (109) and points (152). He led the Predators in average ice time in each of the last three seasons and led team defensemen in scoring in each of the last four seasons.

The Edmonton Oilers have avoided salary arbitration by signing forward Ryan Smyth to a two-year contract. The deal is worth a reported $7-million. Smyth, 27, made $3.025 million last season, leading the Oilers with 27 goals and 61 points in 66 games.

Alexei Kovalev has a one-year deal with the New York Rangers. The New York Post reports the contract will pay Kovalev $6.5 million, giving him a 35 percent salary-hike. The 30-year-old winger split last season between the Rangers and Penguins, with 27 goals and 64 points in 54 games. He slumped after being traded to New York, with just 13 points 24 Ranger games.

August 12 -

Danny Markov has backed off on his threat to go home to Russia, signing a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. Markov, 27, was acquired in a draft-day trade with Phoenix, but initial contract talks were unsuccessful. Markov is a six-year veteran with 101 points and 240 penalty minutes in 336 games.

Other restricted free agents re-signing August 11-17:
- Forward Marc Savard of the Atlanta Thrashers. - Left winger Cory Stillman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Left winger Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Right winger Ivan Noveseltsev of the Florida Panthers.
- Left winger Jaroslav Svoboda of the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Defenceman Toni Lydman of the Calgary Flames.
- Defenseman Willie Mitchell of the Minnesota Wild.
- Goaltender Pasi Nurminen of the Atlanta Thrashers.

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