In a wild first day of free agency in the NHL, the Ottawa Senators were right in the thick of the action.
First, the Daniel Alfredsson era in Ottawa came to an end after the Senators long-time captain agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
A few hours later, the Senators made another splash, landing star forward Bobby Ryan in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks. In exchange for Ryan, the Senators sent Jakob Silfverberg, forward prospect Stefan Noesen and a first round pick to Anaheim.
Alfredsson had spent his entire 17-season NHL career with the Senators. He scored 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games last regular season and added four goals and 10 points in 10 playoff games.
The native of Gothenburg, Sweden has spent his entire career with Ottawa, scoring 426 goals and adding 682 assists in 1,178 games. The 40-year-old veteran was originally selected in the sixth round by the Senators at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
Ryan scored 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points last season.
The Senators also brought in free agent left-winger Clarke MacArthur, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal. MacArthur, who was originally drafted 73rd overall by Buffalo in 2003, scored eight goals and 20 points for theToronto Maple Leafs last season.
The Maple Leafs were busy themselves on Friday, locking up both centre Tyler Bozak and rugged winger David Clarkson to contracts.
Clarkson agreed to a seven-year deal worth $36.75 million, while Bozak agreed to a five-year, $21 million deal.
The 29-year-old Clarkson was one of the most coveted free agents this season after scoring 15 goals and 24 points for the New Jersey Devils last season. Bozak had 12 goals and 16 assists in 46 games for Toronto last season.
The Leafs also signed defenceman T.J. Brennan to a one-year $600,000 contract.
In other big signings, Jarome Iginla signed a one-year, $6 million performance-laden contract with the Boston Bruins, the same team that thought they had acquired him at the trade deadline. Iginla had 14 goals and 19 assists in 44 games split between the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins last season.
Forward Nathan Horton decided to leave Boston to join the Columbus Blue Jackets on a seven-year deal. Horton scored 13 goals and 22 points for the Bruins last season and won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. He will undergo shoulder surgery this summer though, and is expected to be out until December.
The Edmonton Oilers also made a splash in free agency, adding defenceman Andrew Ference on a four-year, $13 million deal. Ference, who was born in Edmonton, had four goals and 13 points while averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice-time per game for the Bruins last season.
In 760 career NHL games for the Bruins, Flames and Penguins, Ference has 37 goals, 193 points and 645 penalty minutes.
The Oilers also signed a pair of former Phoenix Coyotes in veteran forward Boyd Gordon to a three-year, $9 million deal and goaltender Jason LaBarbera to a one-year, $1 million deal. They also agreed to terms with left winger Ryan Hamilton and forward Jesse Joensuu on two-year deals.
In addition to Alfredsson, the Red Wings landed former Florida Panthers centre Stephen Weiss with a five-year, $24.5 million contract. Weiss, the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft, played in just 17 games for the Panthers last season due to a wrist injury but had scored at least 20 goals in each of the three previous seasons.
The Montreal Canadiens, who agreed to terms with forward Daniel Briere on Thursday, added some toughness on Friday by trading for veteran forward George Parros. The Canadiens received Parros from the Panthers in exchange for Philippe Lefebvre and a 2014 seventh round draft pick.
Elsewhere, Newfoundland natives Ryan Clowe and Michael Ryder joined the New Jersey Devils. Clowe, who split time between the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers last season, signed a five-year deal worth $4.85 million per season. He scored three goals and 19 points in 40 games. The Fermeuse, NL native has 105 career goals and 279 points in 435 NHL games. Ryder, who split time between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, signed a two-year, $7 million contract. Last season, he scored 16 goals and 19 assists in 46 games. The Devils also added Rostislav Olesz, signing the Chicago Blackhawks forward to a one-year, $1 million contract.
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Valtteri Filppula to a five-year $25 million contract. The 29-year-old Finnish forward scored nine goals in 41 games for Detroit last season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenceman Rob Scuderi to a four-year, $13.5 million deal. The Penguins originally drafted Scuderi 134th overall in 1998 and he won a Stanley Cup with them in 2009. Scuderi spent the last four years with the Los Angeles Kings, winning his second Stanley Cup in 2012.
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks meanwhile re-signed defenceman Michal Rozsival and forward Michal Handzus. Roszival's deal is for two years while Handzus' signed a one-year contract worth $1 million.
Leaving Chicago however were goaltender Ray Emery and right winger Viktor Stalberg. Emery agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. He had a record of 17-1-0 record as the No. 2 goalie for the Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks last season and posted a .922 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average. Stalberg joined the Nashville Predators on a four-year $12 million deal.
The Predators also signed veteran centre Matt Cullen to a two-year $7 million deal, Eric Nystrom to a four-year $10 million deal and Matt Hendricks to a four-year deal worth $7.2 million.
The Phoenix Coyotes were also busy on free agent front, signing veteran free agent centre Mike Ribeiro to a four-year, $22 million deal and re-upped with forward Lauri Korpikoski on a four-year deal worth $10 million. The Coyotes also signed goalie Thomas Greiss to a one-year $750,000 deal, centre Mike Stone to a three-year deal and re-signed centre Kyle Chipchura.
The Calgary Flames acquired defenceman Kris Russell from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Calgary's fifth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Flames also signed Finnish goaltender Kari Rammo to a two-year $5.5 million contract.
The Vancouver Canucks signed centre Brad Richardson to a two-year, $2.3 million deal and defenceman Yannick Weber to a one-year, $650,000 deal.
The Winnipeg Jets acquired forward Devin Setoguchi from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2014.
The Minnesota Wild agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract with agitator Matt Cooke and re-signed defenceman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year, $8 million contract.
The San Jose Sharks re-signed defenceman Scott Hannan to one-year, $1 million deal and Tyler Kennedy to a two-year deal worth $2.3 million per season. The Sharks acquired Kennedy from the Penguins in a trade on draft day for a second round pick in this year's draft. The Sharks also made Logan Couture's five-year extension worth $6 million per season official on Friday.
The Florida Panthers re-signed forward Shawn Matthias to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $1.75 million. The Panthers also added forward Joey Crabb on a two-year, $1.2 million contract.
Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov re-signed with the New York Islanders on a one-year $3.25 million contract and Travis Hamonic stayed on, signing a seven-year $27 million deal. Peter Regin joined the Islanders on a one-year ,$750,000 contract after spending the first five years of his NHL career with the Senators while centre Pierre-Marc Bouchard left the Wild to sign a one-year, $2 million deal.
Defenceman Mike Komisarek agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes also signed goalie Anton Khudobin to a one-year $800,000 contract.
The Dallas Stars added goaltender Dan Ellis on a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
The Colorado Avalanche signed veteran defenceman Andre Benoit to a one-year $900,000 deal, and defenceman Nate Guenin to a one-year $600,000 contract. They also re-signed David Van Der Gulik to a one-year deal and Colin Smith to a three-year entry-level contract.
The St. Louis Blues signed veteran forward Keith Aucoin to a one-year $625,000 contract and added veteran centre Maxim Lapierre on a two-year $2.2 million deal.
Golatender Yann Danis signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The New York Rangers signed centre Dominic Moore to a one-year, $1 million deal. Moore stepped away from hockey for the 2012-13 season to care for his wife, who had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. She passed away in January. The Rangers also added defenceman Aaron Johnson with a one-year $600,000 deal.
The Los Angeles Kings signed defenceman Jeff Schultz to a one-year, $700,000 contract after he was bought out by the Washington Capitals earlier this month.