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Flyers Sign Vaananen, But Campbell Inked by Chicago

Jul 1, 2008, 6:36 PM EDT

A flurry of deals have passed over the wire in the NHL today, including some big ones. We hope to summarize some of the highlights a bit later, but the most noteworthy name in the mix—Brian Campbell, is scrawled across a Chicago Blackhawks contract. TSN is reporting an 8-year deal worth $56.8 million, well out of the Flyers range as we all expected.

So far, the Flyers unloaded Denis Gauthier, a decent defenseman who was a casualty of the salary cap in Philly. Two prospects, defenseman Patrik Hersley and left wing Ned Lukacevic, were collected from the LA Kings in return. Later, the Flyers signed defenseman Ossi Vaananen to a 1-year deal worth $1 million, according to TSN.ca’s FA tracker. Vaananen had 2 goals and 6 assists in 74 games for the Avalanche last season and a total of 57 points in 6 NHL seasons.

More to come as the signings continue.

Update: Add forwards Glen Metropolit (2 years) and Nate Raduns (1 year) to the list. Terms not yet available.