Former Sabres and Blues goalie Ryan Miller signed Tuesday with the Vancouver Canucks. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
The Vancouver Canucks have signed free-agent goaltender Ryan Miller.
The three-year deal is reportedly worth $18 million.
Miller (East Lansing/Michigan State) was seen as the best goalie on the free-agent market this year.
The Canucks need a proven goaltender after trading Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo in the past 13 months.
The St. Louis Blues acquired Miller from Buffalo in February, hoping he could lead them deep into the playoffs. But the club was eliminated by the Blackhawks in the first round after Miller allowed 19 goals and had a .897 save percentage.
He was 25-30-4 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .918 save percentage this past season.
Wild add winger Vanek
The Minnesota Wild have made another splash in free agency.
Thomas Vanek, one of the top free agents available, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Wild on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Austrian wing will get a chance to have a stable NHL home after playing for three teams last season. He started the season with the Buffalo Sabres and went on to play for the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens. Vanek finished the season with 27 goals and 68 points.
Capitals sign 2, including Niskanen
The Washington Capitals signed a pair of free-agent defensemen from the Pittsburgh Penguins, giving Matt Niskanen a seven-year, $40.25 million contract, and Brooks Orpik a $27.5 million, five-year deal.
The 27-year-old Niskanen led NHL blue liners with a plus-33 rating last season, when he set career highs with 10 goals and 36 assists.
The 6-foot, 209-pound defenseman has 35 goals, 132 assists and 266 penalty minutes in 491 career NHL games for Pittsburgh and Dallas.
The 33-year-old Orpik has played his entire career with the Penguins, who drafted him in the first round in 2000.
The Capitals also signed free-agent goaltender Justin Peters to a $1.9 million, two-year deal and re-signed center Michael Latta to a $1.15 million contract.
Blues sign Stastny to four-year deal
The St. Louis Blues have lured Paul Stastny away from division rival Colorado, signing the veteran center to a four-year, $28 million deal Tuesday.
Stastny has spent his entire career with the Avalanche after being picked in the second round of the 2005 draft.
He thrived under first-year coach Patrick Roy last season, scoring 25 goals as he helped the Avalanche overtake St. Louis for the Central Division crown and into the postseason for the first time since 2009-10.
The 28-year-old Stastny is a St. Louis native. His father, Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, and brother, Yan Stastny, are former Blues players. Paul and Peter Stastny will be the fifth father-son combination to have played for the Blues in franchise history.
Source: Avalanche add Iginla
The Colorado Avalanche added a big-name scorer in Jarome Iginla shortly after losing a fan favorite in Paul Stastny.
The Avalanche signed Iginla to a three-year, $16 million deal, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has yet to be announced.
Iginla scored 30 goals and had 31 assists in 78 games with the Boston Bruins last season. He will be counted on to help fill the scoring void left by Stastny, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal with division rival St. Louis earlier in the day. Stastny spent his entire career with Colorado after being picked in the second round of the 2005 draft.
Iginla, who turned 37 on Tuesday, is a six-time All Star. He’s led the league in goals twice and has 560 in his career with Calgary, Pittsburgh and Boston.
The Avalanche also acquired former Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in 2016 and a sixth-rounder in 2017.
The 34-year-old Stuart will help bolster the Avalanche’s blue line after a season in which he skated in 61 games for the Sharks. He was third on the team in blocked shots (114) and hits (122).
Senators deal Spezza to Stars
Jason Spezza has been traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Dallas Stars.
The Senators traded their captain to the Stars for forward Alex Chiasson, forward prospects Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul and a second-round pick in next year’s draft. Dallas also receives forward prospect Ludwig Karlsson.
Spezza, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, had asked for a trade and general manager Bryan Murray said he would try to accommodate him.
The 31-year-old center had control of his destination with a limited no-trade clause. Spezza designated 10 teams he would not accept a trade to, which included the Nashville Predators, who had a deal done at this past weekend’s draft.
Spezza refused to waive the no-trade clause, leaving Murray to look for other options. Dallas emerged as that option.
Panthers sign 3, including former Michigan goalie Montoya
The Panthers agreed to terms with centers Dave Bolland and Jussi Jokinen, plus former Michigan goaltender Al Montoya shortly after hockey’s free agent period started.
Bolland signed a $27.5 million, five-year deal. Jokinen signed for four years and $16 million. Terms of Montoya’s deal were not immediately known.
Jokinen had 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points with Pittsburgh last season. Bolland, who once was with the Chicago Blackhawks when Florida general manager Dale Tallon was in the same role with that franchise, played in just 23 games for Toronto this past season because of a severed tendon in his left ankle.
Montoya was 13-8-3 with a 2.30 goals-against average for Winnipeg last season, stopping 92 percent of the shots he faced.
A person familiar with the move has confirmed to the Associated Press the Devils have signed free-agent center Mike Cammalleri to a five-year, $25 million contract.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Devils have not announced the move which was reached Tuesday, the first day of the NHL’s free-agency period.
Cammalleri is an 11-year NHL veteran, who has spent the past two-plus seasons with the Flames. He is a six-time 20-goal scorer, who had 26 goals and 19 assists in 63 games last season.
... The Sabres have acquired defenseman Josh Gorges in a trade with the Canadiens.
In exchange, the Sabres gave up a second-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Gorges had a goal and 13 assists in 66 games last season, and has 14 goals and 84 assists in 560 games.
The Canadiens quickly filled the void left by Gorges by agreeing to sign free-agent defenseman Tom Gilbert to a two-year contract.
The Canadiens also signed free-agent forward Manny Malhotra to a one-year deal worth $850,000.
... Winger Milan Michalek is staying with the Senators, signing a $12 million, three-year deal soon after NHL free agency began.
The 29-year-old Michalek was an unrestricted free agent coming off a season in which he scored 17 goals and had 39 points. He has 187 goals and 394 points in his career with the Senators and the San Jose Sharks.
... The Oilers signed defenseman Mark Fayne and forward Benoit Pouliot.
... Flames signed forward Mason Raymond to a three-year deal.
... The Jets signed forward Mathieu Perreault to a three-year, $9 million contract.
... Stephane Robidas signed a three-year, $9 million deal with Toronto as the Maple Leafs continue to overhaul their defense.