Daniel Alfredsson bolted from the Senators to sign with the Red Wings on Friday as free agency opened, sensing that was the best move he could make in his drive to win a championship before his career ends.
"It's all about trying to get the Stanley Cup," said Alfredsson, 40, who had spent his entire career in Ottawa and was its captain.
Jarome Iginla has the same motivation. Iginla, 36, signed a one-year deal with Eastern Conference champion Boston. The longtime Flames forward — whom the Bruins missed out on when Iginla picked the Penguins over them as his trade destination this spring — will make $1.8 million guaranteed and can make up to $6 million.
The Senators, refusing to settle after losing Alfredsson, responded with a bold move to acquire wing Bobby Ryan from the Ducks.
NHL teams made a big splash with a slew of signings and some trades. Less than a year after the league's latest lockout, many teams spent big bucks on free agents despite knowing they will have a smaller salary cap (around $64 million) next season.
The Blue Jackets were among the big spenders, signing wing Nathan Horton, who spent last season with the Bruins, to a $37.1 million, seven-year contract.
Soon after adding Alfredsson, the Red Wings agreed to terms on a $24.5 million, five-year contract with 30-year-old center Stephen Weiss, who had spent a decade with the Panthers.
The Maple Leafs, coming off their first playoff appearance since 2004, signed Devils forward David Clarkson to a $36.75 million, seven-year deal and kept first-line center Tyler Bozak with a $21 million, five-year deal.
The Coyotes, ready for new owners Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, made a splash by signing forward Mike Ribeiro for four years, $22 million. Ribeiro, 33, had 49 points in 48 games with Washington last season.
Other name players landing in new homes included:
• Forward Ryane Clowe, Devils, for five years, $24.25 million. The Rangers acquired Clowe, 30, from the Sharks in April.
• Defenseman Rob Scuderi, Penguins, four years, $13.5 million
• Defenseman Andrew Ference, Oilers, four years, $13 million
And two former Lightning goaltenders, Nikolai Khabibulin (Blackhawks) and Dan Ellis (Stars) signed one-year deals.
Rangers pick up Pouliot: The Rangers signed Ben Pouliot, who played with the Lightning last season, and fellow forward Dominic Moore for one year each. Moore, another former Lightning, sat out last season after his wife died in January.
Flyers extend Giroux: The Flyers re-signed captain Claude Giroux to an eight-year extension worth over $64 million. They also got goalie Ray Emery, who had been a backup with the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks, for one year, $1.65 million.
Preds pick up four: The Predators signed forwards Viktor Stalberg (four years, $12 million), Matt Cullen (two years, $7 million), Matt Hendricks (four years, $7.4 million) and Eric Nystrom (four years, $10 million).
Trades: The Stars acquired center Shawn Horcoff from the Oilers. … The Wild sent forward Devin Setoguchi to the Jets.