Another top defenseman with a new address will be Sergei Gonchar, who landed a 5-year deal to join the Mario & Sidney show in Pittsburgh. This is one of those daring deals that could backfire on the Pens, if Gonchar's $5 million salary causes cap issues down the road. Most of the contracts signed in recent days have been for two, perhaps three years, but in this case the Pens may have needed to offer a longer deal just to attract top-notch talent. Gonchar's a great pickup for Pittsburgh, though, as they need puck-moving defensemen to get the offense rolling and foster Crosby's development.
The Islanders also filled Adrian Aucoin's spot by signing Alexei Zhitnik to a four-year sentence, err, contract, to play on Long Island.
While the main focus during these days is on the famous names moving back and forth, stay tuned for a series of division-by-division reviews next week.