NEW YORK The spending on NHL free agents started Tuesday morning and hadn't stopped well into the evening.
And the surprising part was, marquee players such as Marian Hossa, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin still hadn't decided what team would shower them with riches.
Sundin was reportedly offered a two-year contract from the Vancouver Canucks worth $20 million, a deal that would make the Toronto Maple Leafs captain the league's highest-paid player.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Sundin was sleeping on the offer in Sweden, and he expected to resume dialogue with him Wednesday. The offer does not carry a deadline, he said.
The Chicago Blackhawks, who landed top defenseman Brian Campbell with an eight-year, $57.12 million deal, and goalie Cristobal Huet with a four-year, $22.5 million contract.
While the Rangers waited for Jagr and Sundin to make up their minds, they were active in other areas, too. New York agreed to terms with free agent forwards Aaron Voros, formerly of the Minnesota Wild, San Jose's Patrick Rissmiller, and Andreas Jamtin from the Swedish league.
Curtis Joseph returned to the Toronto Maple Leafs with a one-year, $700,000 deal; Alex Auld agreed to terms with Ottawa for a two-year deal worth $2 million; Ty Conklin left the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined the Detroit Red Wings, the team that beat his former club for the Stanley Cup, for a one-year, $700,000 contract; and Andrew Raycroft signed an $800,000 deal for next season with Colorado.
In other moves Tuesday:
The Boston Bruins signed forward Michael Ryder, who scored 14 goals for the Montreal Canadiens last season, to a multiyear deal.
The Phoenix Coyotes signed defenseman Kurt Sauer to a four-year, $7-million deal, and landed rugged forward Todd Fedoruk with a three-year contract worth $3.13-million.
The New York Islanders made some noise by signing Montreal defenseman Mark Streit to a five-year, $20.5 million deal.
Noted agitator Darcy Tucker signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with Colorado.
Philadelphia made several moves, luring forward Glen Metropolit from Boston with a two-year contract and signing defenseman Ossi Vaananen. The Flyers also traded defenseman Denis Gauthier and a second-round draft pick in 2010 to Los Angeles for minor league players Patrik Hersley and Ned Lukacevic.
Toronto agreed to terms on a four-year contract with former Dallas forward Niklas Hagman.
Forward Andrew Brunette left Colorado to return to the Minnesota Wild, for whom he played from 2001-04. He signed a three-year, $7 million deal.
Tampa Bay followed up on deals with forwards Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, and Vaclav Prospal, by signing wingers Radim Vrbata and Adam Hall. Vrbata received a three-year, $9-million deal, and Hall signed for three years and $1.8 million.
Pittsburgh re-signed forward trade-deadline acquisition Pascal Dupuis to a three-year, $4.2-million contract; signed enforcer Eric Godard to a three-year contract, and agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Eaton on a two-year deal.