Free Agent Signing Period Opens with a Bang

Major League Hockey free agency kicked of with a flurry today.  Long Beach was the first club to put some ink to paper, grabbing up forwards Jamie Lundmark and Pascal Pelletier.  To make room for Lundmark and Pelletier, the Longshoremen immediately NHLed forward Tim Kennedy and netminder Corey Crawford.

The Halifax Lumberjaxx snatched up John Blum and Andy Hilbert, while the Virginia Beach Bullsharks signed goalie Joey MacDonald, forward Jack Skille and defenseman Ben Lovejoy.  However, B-sharks GM Jesse Feltner quickly heard from the League offices, informing him that he had violated the recently passed mandate on two new signings per 24-hour period,  a move that will force Feltner to nullify one of the new players’ contract.

Saskatoon would ink a pair of players, forward Trevor Smith and blue-liner Matt Lashoff.   Tri-Cities Mountaineers’  Drew Read made his first moves as general manager when he signed Ben Maxwell and Paul Postma, a forward and defenseman, respectively.  Read had to acquire Postma after releasing defensman Patrick Versace, who refused to sign a contract citing he wanted to play in Germany this season, rounding out the first day of free agency.

~ by majorleaguehockey on October 1, 2009.

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