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Martin Brodeur, Carey Price Re-signings Highlight Day Two of NHL Free Agency

July 2nd, 2012 at 11:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

On the second day of free agency, the New Jersey Devils were able to retain the goalie who's been the face of their franchise for two decades.

Martin Brodeur, a 20-year veteran and sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, signed a two-year, $9 million deal Monday with the Devils. He'd decided last week to test the free agent market but said that the Devils were willing to give him the second year that most other teams wouldn't. Brodeur holds NHL records for wins (656), shutouts (119) and games played. (1,191) and led the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.

Brodeur's backup, John Hedberg, also re-signed for two years, with his deal worth $2.8 million. He took a bit more of the load off of Brodeur in 2011-12, going 17-7-2 with a 2.23 goals-against average.

And in Montreal, the Canadiens locked up goalie Carey Price for six more years. The Canadiens inked the 24-year-old All-Star to a $39 million deal Monday, making him the third-highest-paid NHL goalie behind Nashville's Pekka Rinne and the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.

Another Devil free agent, Zach Parise, said Monday that will take a few more days to decide where to sign. There was also no progress on the new home of Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.

Olli Jokinen, however, did switch teams. He bolted the Calgary Flames to sign a two-year, $9 million deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Monday's other big signing say Detroit Red Wings forward sign a four-year, $16 million deal with the Calgary Flames.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Carey Price, Hockey, Martin Brodeur, new jersey devils, NHL, Olli Jokinen, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise

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