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2018 NHL Free Agency Open Thread

Let the signings begin!

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders
At least one of these guys is going to sign a very big contract very soon
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Welcome to July 1, an unofficial holiday in Canada. It’s the first day that teams can sign unrestricted free agents. Nothing can be official until noon at the earliest, though of course some news may leak prior to then. Feel free to discuss all league news in the comments, and post any news or rumors that you see. The Cannon staff will be following as well and will have separate posts for each Columbus signing.

The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is the next destination for John Tavares. Will he stay with the Islanders, now that they have a new GM, new coach, and a new arena on the way? Or will he be lured to Toronto or San Jose?

Some longtime Blue Jackets will be in new sweaters next year. Jack Johnson was rumored this week to be signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Matt Calvert yesterday was rumored to be interested in the Colorado Avalanche.

While we wait for noon, you can read our free agency preview coverage:

Blue Jackets UFAs
Blue Jackets RFAs
Forward targets
Defenseman targets
Goalie targets