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Day 2 summary: Caps steal Vokoun, Connolly to Leafs

There was that Rangers move, but we'll address that in a separate post shortly.

-- Long Island native and former Ranger Matt Gilroy signed with the Lightning for $1 million, something a bit more in line with the 27-year-old's history than the $2.1 million he stood to get from the Rangers as a qualifying offer. The Rangers never bid for him, despite liking his game in the playoffs. The fresh start, especially in up-tempo Tampa, will do Gilroy some good.

-- The Caps, who fleeced the Avalanche on Friday for Colorado's first-round pick in a trade for G Semyon Varlamov, turned around and made the signing of the weekend, plucking Tomas Vokoun off the FA list for a mere $1.5 million. Vokoun gives Washington a great veteran presence in goal, alongside either Michal Neuvirth or Braden Holtby. Here's betting Vokoun plays a lot more than a guy making 1.5 mil would expect to.

On a related note, the Panthers did nothing after buying everything in sight on Friday and still lost. How is a Jose Theodore-Scott Clemmensen tandem better than retaining Vokoun? Goaltending wasn't the reason the Panthers were a non-factor the last decade.

Oh, and perhaps this means the Flyers overpaid slightly for Ilya Bryzgalov.

-- The Leafs, whose six-year offer to Brad Richards didn't get it done, signed C Tim Connolly to a two-year, $9.5-million deal. Good money for a solid scorer who needs to stay healthy.

-- The Kings, also a runner-up in the Richards sweepstakes (which would have been a mistake, given the Kings need to spend to retain RFA D Drew Doughty), made a smaller, wiser move by adding LW Simon Gagne for two years at $7 million, $4.5 million for next season. Gagne needs to stay healthy, but he can score on the wing with his old Flyer teammate Mike Richards. Kings will be a factor next season.

-- The Red Wings, who were surprisingly quiet on Friday (signing only depth D Mike Commodore), added puck-moving D Ian White at two years and $5.75 million. White was a good deadline addition for the Sharks and he'll fit in as a poor man's Brian Rafalski in Detroit.

-- The Hurricanes added F Anthony Stewart, late of the ThraJets, for two years and $1.8 million. Stewart had a flying start last season and cooled off big-time, but he's a nice depth forward for Carolina.


Big winners today? The Rangers reeled in the biggest fish, and in doing so left the Leafs and Kings glum. Caps GM George McPhee made the shrewdest move.

Losers? The Panthers have two backups in goal and let their starter go be a backup for a very good team. But hey, at least they didn't give someone another four-year deal.

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