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NHL notebook: Goalie Miller signs 3-year, $18M deal with Canucks

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 8:36 p.m.

The Canucks acquired a starting goaltender, signing free agent Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million deal Tuesday.

The Canucks needed a proven goalie after trading Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo in the past 13 months and missing the playoffs. Miller was seen as the best goalie on the market.

“I felt it was important to get a goalie with experience,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Over the years, he's played a lot of games. He gives us that experience that we need.”

The Blues acquired Miller from Buffalo in February in preparation for a playoff run, but the club was eliminated by the Blackhawks after Miller allowed 19 goals and had a .897 save percentage.

“I've had a chance to experience Vancouver over the years and have always been blown away by the amount of support the fans the fans bring out and how great the crowds have been, also how kind the people have treated me over the years, especially during the (2010) Olympics,” Miller said. “It's a great city for hockey, a great city to live in.”

Spezza dealt to Dallas

The Senators granted 31-year-old Jason Spezza's wish to be dealt, sending him and prospect Ludwig Karlsson to Dallas for forward Alex Chiasson, prospects Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul and a second-round pick in next year's draft.

Dallas later acquired former Senators forward Ales Hemsky.

Wild land forward Vanek

Thomas Vanek, one of the top players available on the market, agreed to terms on a three-year,$19.5 million contract with the Wild.

Vanek has 277 goals in 663 games, the type of prolific scorer the Wild could use to supplement an improved attack.

Blues sign Stastny

The Blues lured Paul Stastny away from division rival Colorado, signing the veteran center to a four-year, $28 million deal.

Stastny has spent his entire career with the Avalanche after being picked in the second round of the 2005 draft.

Avs ink Iginla for $16M

The Avalanche added a big-name scorer in Jarome Iginla, signing him to a three-year, $16 million deal, bringing in a forward with 560 career goals.

Iginla played last season with the Bruins and had 30 goals in 78 games.

Sabres sign 2 forwards

The Sabres added a pair of free-agent forwards, Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta.

The 30-year-old Moulson, who played last season for the Islanders, Buffalo and Minnesota, signed a five-year, $25-million deal, and Gionta, who spent last season with the Canadiens, got a three-year, $12.75 million contract.

Devils add Cammalleri

The Devils added much-needed offense to their attack by signing free-agent forward Mike Cammalleri to a five-year, $25 million contract.

Cammalleri is an 11-year veteran, who has spent the past two-plus seasons with the Flames. He is a six-time 20-goal scorer, who had 26 goals and 19 assists in 63 games last season.

'Hawks sign Richards

The Blackhawks signed Brad Richards to a one-year deal worth a reported $2 million, bolstering their group of centers with another proven scorer.

Richards had 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games for the Rangers last season, and then had 12 points in the playoffs to help his team make it to the Stanley Cup Final.

Around the league

The Oilers signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a five-year deal worth a reported $20 million. ... Ex-Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman was lured to the Lightning with a $22.5 million, five-year contract.

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