July 3, 2013

Ryan Whitney leads list of locals headed for NHL free agency

By Jesse Connolly


Ryan Whitney's (Scituate, Mass.) days as an Oiler are over. (Getty Images)
 

With the start of free agency 48 hours away, here’s a look at the contract statuses of all the New England natives that have seen NHL action in the past year:

PLAYER

Hometown

Pos.

NHL Team

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Mark Arcobello

Milford, Conn.

F

Edmonton

Signed one-year deal ($600k cap hit) with Oilers in June.

Cam Atkinson

Greenwich, Conn.

F

Columbus

@CamAtkinson13

Signed two-year, $2.3 million extension in late April.

Keith Aucoin

Chelmsford, Mass.

F

N.Y. Islanders

@coiner11

Will become an unrestricted free agent.

Nick Bonino

Unionville, Conn.

F

Anaheim

@NickBonino

Shined in playoffs for Ducks. Is signed through 2013-14 ($700k cap hit).

Brian Boucher

Woonsocket, R.I.

G

Philadelphia

Is now a UFA after spending most of year in AHL.

Chris Bourque

Boxford, Mass.

F

BRUINS

@cbourque17

Signed with KHL's Ak Bars Kazan despite having one year left on deal with Bruins.

Brian Boyle

Hingham, Mass.

F

N.Y. Rangers

@BriBrows22

Signed through 2013-14 ($1.7 million cap hit).

Bobby Butler

Marlboro, Mass.

F

Florida

Traded from Preds to Panthers in June. Signed two-year deal ($600k cap hit).

John Carlson

Marlboro, Mass.

D

Washington

@JohnCarlson74

Signed through 2017-18 ($3.96M cap hit).

Charlie Coyle

Weymouth, Mass.

F

Minnesota

@CharlieCoyle_3

Signed through 2014-15 ($975k cap hit).

Rick DiPietro

Winthrop, Mass.

G

N.Y. Islanders

Bought out by Isles and will become UFA.

Jon DiSalvatore

Bangor, Maine

F

Washington

@jondisalvatore

Heading into unrestricted free agency.

Mark Fayne

Sagamore Beach, Mass.

D

New Jersey

Signed through 2013-14 ($1.3M cap hit).

Benn Ferriero

Essex, Mass.

F

Minnesota

Traded from Rangers to Wild but will not be signed by the Wild.

Brian Flynn

Lynnfield, Mass.

F

Buffalo

Will become RFA after impressive run as rookie with Sabres.

Brian Foster

Pembroke, N.H.

G

Florida

Will become UFA after splitting season between ECHL and AHL.

Hal Gill

Bolton, Mass.

D

Nashville

@Skillsy75

Waived by Predators. Has one year at $2M left on deal.

Ron Hainsey

Bolton, Conn.

D

Winnipeg

UFA is unlikely to stay in Winnipeg.

Jimmy Hayes

Dorchester, Mass.

F

Chicago

@Jimmy10Hayes

Will have opportunity to grab full-time role with Cup champs now that Michael Frolik and Dave Bolland are gone. Signed through 2013-14 ($875k cap hit).

Chris Kreider

Boxboro, Mass.

F

N.Y. Rangers

@ChrisKreider

Signed through 2013-14 ($1.32M cap hit).

Ben Lovejoy

Canaan, N.H.

D

Anaheim

@RevLovejoy6

Signed three-year extension in June with Ducks ($1.1M cap hit).

Lane MacDermid

Hartford, Conn.

F

Dallas

Re-signed with Stars on July 2 (one-year deal, salary not announced).

John McCarthy

Andover, Mass.

F

San Jose

Worcester's captain is signed through 2013-14 ($612k cap hit).

Colin McDonald

Hartford, Conn.

F

N.Y. Islanders

Breakout year earned him a two-year deal through 2014-15 ($637k cap hit).

Mike Mottau

Avon, Mass.

D

Toronto

Will become UFA after one season in Leafs' organization.

Max Pacioretty

New Canaan, Conn.

F

Montreal

@MaxPacioretty67

Signed through 2018-19 ($4.5M cap hit).

Jay Pandolfo

Burlington, Mass.

F

BRUINS

Expected to retire after seeing limited time with Bruins in 2013.

Tom Poti

Worcester, Mass.

D

Washington

Missed final month of season and the playoffs with a back injury. Will become an unrestricted free agent.

Jonathan Quick

Hamden, Conn.

G

Los Angeles

@JonathanQuick32

Led Kings back to conference finals. Signed through 2022-23 ($5.8M cap hit).

Jon Rheault

Deering, N.H.

F

Florida

Appeared in first five games of NHL career in March. Will be a UFA.

Cory Schneider

Marblehead, Mass.

G

New Jersey

Traded to Devils during draft for ninth overall pick (Bo Horvat).

Ben Smith

Avon, Conn.

F

Chicago

@BenASmith12

Skated in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final. Signed through 2013-14 ($562k cap hit).

Brian Strait

Waltham, Mass.

D

N.Y. Islanders

Signed through 2015-16 ($775k cap hit).

Ryan Whitney

Scituate, Mass.

D

Edmonton

@ryanwhitney6

Will become an unrestricted free agent after a frustrating stint in Edmonton.

Colin Wilson

Greenwich, Conn.

F

Nashville

@colinwilson33

Had spectacular first half but had season end early due to shoulder injury. Signed through 2014-15 ($2M cap hit).

Keith Yandle

Milton, Mass.

D

Phoenix

Signed through 2015-16 ($5.25M cap hit).


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