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Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul is a 22-year veteran of the STATS INC reporter network, scoring play by play for the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He is also the creator of the statistical platform which evolved into the NHL's Real Time Scoring System, which was unveiled in 1992. You can also hear him on XM Sirius and nextsportsstar.com, talking hockey and baseball.In addition to all of Toronto's teams, he is also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.


Today, From the Pressbox:

Free agency season kicked off on July 5.

Here's a list of the player movement so far:

DATE PLAYER 2013-14 TEAM PREVIOUS TEAM DETAILS
JUL 9 D Nolan Yonkman Anaheim Florida Read story ››
JUL 9 D Erik Gustafsson Philadelphia Philadelphia Read story ››
JUL 9 F Riley Nash Carolina Carolina Read story ››
JUL 9 F Andy Miele Phoenix Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 9 F Cal Clutterbuck NY Islanders Minnesota Read story ››
JUL 8 D Drew Bagnall Buffalo Minnesota Read story ››
JUL 8 F Carter Camper Boston Boston Read story ››
JUL 8 F Jon Matsumoto Florida San Jose Read story ››
JUL 8 D Matt Gilroy Florida NY Rangers Read story ››
JUL 8 F Chris Mueller Dallas Nashville Read story ››
JUL 8 D Tyson Strachan Washington Florida Read story ››
JUL 8 F Matt Watkins Washington NY Islanders Read story ››
JUL 8 G David Leggio Washington Buffalo Read story ››
JUL 8 D Joe Corvo Ottawa Carolina Read story ››
JUL 8 D Ryan McDonagh NY Rangers NY Rangers Read story ››
JUL 7 F Jack Skille Columbus Florida Read story ››
JUL 7 D Frederic St. Denis Columbus Montreal Read story ››
JUL 7 F Matt Beleskey Anaheim Anaheim Read story ››
JUL 6 D David Kolomatis Washington Los Angeles Read story ››
JUL 6 F Nick Tarnasky Montreal Buffalo Read story ››
JUL 6 F Derek Roy St. Louis Vancouver Read story ››
JUL 6 F Ryan Jones Edmonton Edmonton Read story ››
JUL 6 D Adam Pardy Winnipeg Buffalo Read story ››
JUL 6 F Stefan Fournier Montreal QMJHL Read story ››
JUL 6 G Richard Bachman Edmonton Dallas Read story ››
JUL 6 F Mike Santorelli Vancouver Winnipeg Read story ››
JUL 6 F Andrew Gordon Winnipeg Vancouver Read story ››
JUL 6 F Jerome Samson Winnipeg Carolina Read story ››
JUL 6 D Alexander Sulzer Buffalo Buffalo Read story ››
JUL 5 D Mike Mottau Florida Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F JT Wyman Colorado Tampa Bay Read story ››
JUL 5 G Mike McKenna Columbus St. Louis Read story ››
JUL 5 F Nick Johnson Boston Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 G Chad Johnson Boston Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 F Chris Conner Pittsburgh Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 F Alexandre Bolduc St. Louis Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 D Mike Moore Boston Nashville Read story ››
JUL 5 D Yannick Weber Vancouver Montreal Read story ››
JUL 5 D Nick Holden Colorado Columbus Read story ››
JUL 5 D Alex Biega Vancouver Buffalo Read story ››
JUL 5 F Mark Mancari St. Louis Buffalo Read story ››
JUL 5 D Nate Guenin Colorado Anaheim Read story ››
JUL 5 G Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago Edmonton Read story ››
JUL 5 F Jarome Iginla Boston Pittsburgh Read story ››
JUL 5 F Matt Cooke Minnesota Pittsburgh Read story ››
JUL 5 F Michael Ryder New Jersey Montreal Read story ››
JUL 5 F Shawn Matthias Florida Florida Read story ››
JUL 5 F Keith Aucoin St. Louis NY Islanders Read story ››
JUL 5 F Maxim Lapierre St. Louis Vancouver Read story ››
JUL 5 F Benoit Pouliot NY Rangers Tampa Bay Read story ››
JUL 5 F Dominic Moore NY Rangers San Jose Read story ››
JUL 5 F Mike Ribeiro Phoenix Washington Read story ››
JUL 5 F Craig Adams Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Read story ››
JUL 5 F Saku Koivu Anaheim Anaheim Read story ››
JUL 5 D Michael Stone Phoenix Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 F Valtteri Filppula Tampa Bay Detroit Read story ››
JUL 5 F Tyler Bozak Toronto Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F Trevor Smith Toronto Pittsburgh Read story ››
JUL 5 F Frazer McLaren Toronto Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 D T.J. Brennan Toronto Nashville Read story ››
JUL 5 D Kevin Marshall Toronto Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F Rostislav Olesz New Jersey Chicago Read story ››
JUL 5 F Ryane Clowe New Jersey NY Rangers Read story ››
JUL 5 D Chris Summers Phoenix Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 D Jeff Schultz Los Angeles Washington Read story ››
JUL 5 D Aaron Johnson NY Rangers Boston Read story ››
JUL 5 F Ryan Hamilton Edmonton Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F Brad Richardson Vancouver Los Angeles Read story ››
JUL 5 F David Clarkson Toronto New Jersey Read story ››
JUL 5 D Travis Hamonic NY Islanders NY Islanders Read story ››
JUL 5 D Chris Butler Calgary Calgary Read story ››
JUL 5 G Anton Khudobin Carolina Boston Read story ››
JUL 5 F Matt Cullen Nashville Minnesota Read story ››
JUL 5 F Eric Nystrom Nashville Dallas Read story ››
JUL 5 F Kyle Chipchura Phoenix Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 F Matt Hendricks Nashville Washington Read story ››
JUL 5 G Carter Hutton Nashville Chicago Read story ››
JUL 5 F Stephen Weiss Detroit Florida Read story ››
JUL 5 G Dan Ellis Dallas Carolina Read story ››
JUL 5 G Karri Ramo Calgary KHL Read story ››
JUL 5 G Jeremy Smith Columbus Nashville Read story ››
JUL 5 F Viktor Stalberg Nashville Chicago Read story ››
JUL 5 D Andre Benoit Colorado Ottawa Read story ››
JUL 5 G Thomas Greiss Phoenix San Jose Read story ››
JUL 5 D Mike Mottau Florida Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F Joey Crabb Florida Washington Read story ››
JUL 5 F Geoff Walker Tampa Bay Colorado Read story ››
JUL 5 F Michal Handzus Chicago Chicago Read story ››
JUL 5 D Michal Rozsival Chicago Chicago Read story ››
JUL 5 F Greg Nemisz Calgary Calgary Read story ››
JUL 5 F Pierre-Marc Bouchard NY Islanders Minnesota Read story ››
JUL 5 D Jared Spurgeon Minnesota Minnesota Read story ››
JUL 5 G Yann Danis Philadelphia Edmonton Read story ››
JUL 5 F Jesse Joensuu Edmonton NY Islanders Read story ››
JUL 5 D Andrew Ference Edmonton Boston Read story ››
JUL 5 F Clarke MacArthur Ottawa Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F Tyler Kennedy San Jose Pittsburgh Read story ››
JUL 5 D Scott Hannan San Jose San Jose Read story ››
JUL 5 D Rob Scuderi Pittsburgh Los Angeles Read story ››
JUL 5 F Peter Regin NY Islanders Ottawa Read story ››
JUL 5 F Nathan Horton Columbus Boston Read story ››
JUL 5 G Jason Labarbera Edmonton Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 F Boyd Gordon Edmonton Phoenix Read story ››
JUL 5 D Mike Komisarek Carolina Toronto Read story ››
JUL 5 F Daniel Alfredsson Detroit Ottawa Read story ››
JUL 5 G Ray Emery Philadelphia Chicago Read story ››
JUL 5 G Evgeni Nabokov NY Islanders NY Islanders Read story ››



As with every NHL offseason, one of the highlights is the period where unrestricted free agents shop themselves in the hope of finding their next big payday.

This past week saw some big names move, as usual, but the biggest shock on day 1 was the revelation that longtime Ottawa captain, Daniel Alfredsson, has decided to end his 17 year association with the Senators.  He opted to join the Detroit Red Wings instead, no doubt because of the strong core of fellow Swedes on that roster and ultimately because he thinks he'll have a better shot at finally winning the Stanley Cup in Motown.

Another notable signing came from the Philadelphia Flyers who signed Vincent Lecavalier, another player who ended his own 14 year career with Tampa, when the Lightning used one of their amnesty options to get out from under the remainder of his long-term deal with them. The Flyers quickly jumped to the head of the pack of suitors for his services, to look him up for five years with an annual $4.5 M cap hit to go along with a lengthy string of annual checks from Tampa and that prior buyout, for the best "double-dip" of this offseason.

The Maple Leafs made significant noise by winning the auction for the services of David Clarkson to a seven-year deal with an annual cap hit of $5.25 M. That brings this rugged, ultracompetitive winger back to his hometown team, a factor that played a considerable role in his decision. Tyler Bozak also decided to resign with the Leafs, for five more years at a cap hit of $4.2 M. These moves were facilitated when the Leafs used one of their buyouts on Mikhail Grabovski, whose contract called for an annual payout of over 5M for each of the next four years.

Winger Nathan Horton spurned the Bruins and instead moved on to the Columbus blue Jackets, signing for eight years with an annual stipend of $5.3 M. I find this one a bit curious because he is leaving Boston, where he won a Stanley Cup for a team that remains a strong contender.

A couple of trades also added to the above-noted player movement.

The Senators quickly rebounded from the Alfredsson departure by acquiring high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, top prospect Stefan Noesen and a first round pick in next year’s Amateur Draft. This deal gives the Ducks some much needed salary cap flexibility and arms the Senators with a winger who can immediately move onto the top forward line, alongside Jason Spezza.

The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars also moved some big names with the Bruins receiving veteran winger Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Sutton. Eriksson is one of the league’s top left wingers and will fit in nicely on the Bruins top six. The biggest surprise with this deal is how the Bruins decided to move Seguin, a former second overall draft pick who never quite showed the promise expected of him. In fact, their management team implied that he still had some maturing to do, a notion no doubt fueled by some off-ice rumblings. In his defense, Seguin was originally drafted as a center but was used almost exclusively as a winger in Boston.

The UFA list still shows some big names are still available, including names like Grabovski, Jaromir Jagr, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas and a host of other players who are looking for work. That means there will be lots more player movement during the next few weeks. More trades are likely as a couple of teams are over the cap right now (Philadelphia and San Jose) and other teams will also seek to shuffle their rosters before finalizing them later this summer.

Hockey has truly become a 365-day sport and I will continue to report on the headlines over the rest of the offseason.

Congratulations to Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and the late Fred Shero on the news of their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, scheduled for November 2013.

Paul Bruno has been writing about the fantasy sports scene for several years and is an accredited member of the sports media in Toronto for over 20 years. You are invited to send your feedback and you can follow him on Twitter (statsman22).