Players who have signed as of 4 p.m. ET on the first day of free agency:
Alex Auld -- The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the netminder. Auld played 16 games as the backup in Montreal this past season, posting a 2.64 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Auld played 43 games with the Senators in the 2008-09 season.
Erik Cole -- The Montreal Canadiens signed Cole to a four-year, $18 million deal. Cole played in Carolina for all but 63 games during his nine NHL seasons. He had 26 goals and 52 points for the Hurricanes this past season.
Mike Commodore -- One day after the Columbus Blue Jackets placed the defenseman on waivers and bought out the final two years of his contract, the Detroit Red Wings signed Commodore to a one-year deal worth $1 million. He played in 158 of 246 possible games during his three seasons in Columbus.
Johan Hedberg -- The New Jersey Devils re-signed goaltender Hedberg on Friday, but did not release terms of the deal. Hedberg, 38, filled in admirably for the injured Martin Brodeur in 2010-11, making 34 appearances during a tough season for the Devils.
Michael Ryder -- The Dallas Stars signed the forward, who won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins this past season, to a two-year deal worth $7 million. Ryder, 31, had 18 goals and 23 assists in 79 games in the 2010-11 season and 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 playoff games.
Steve Sullivan -- The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Sullivan. The Nashville Predators chose not to re-sign Sullivan, who turns 37 on July 6. He had 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 44 games this past season, but was hindered by groin issues and had surgery in March.
Kris Versteeg -- The Florida Panthers acquired Versteeg from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2012 or 2013 second-round draft pick and San Jose's 2012 third-round pick. Versteeg had 21 goals and 46 points in 80 games for the Flyers this past season.
Joel Ward -- The Capitals signed the right winger to a four-year deal worth $12 million on Friday. Ward had 10 goals and 29 points in 80 games for the Predators this past season.