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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Big Names on the Move with Iginla to Boston, Alfredsson to Detroit, Ryan to Ottawa

Yesterday's opening to NHL Free Agency 2013 didn't just include a number of headline-grabbing signings, we saw a trade or two that will reshape the league's landscape, too.

So do you think Zdeno Chara said, "see you in a few weeks"?
So do you think Zdeno Chara said, "see you in a few weeks"?

Nashville Predators News

Trotz wants opponents to pay metaphorical ‘entertainment tax’ - Nashville Predators Examiner
Naturally the Preds were pleased with yesterday's turn of events. I'm still banging my head against the wall trying to figure out why they're paying Eric Nystrom $2.5 million for four years, though.

Then again, maybe it was due to Nystrom's prowess on social media. Here's a Vine video he posted to Twitter yesterday (click the icon in the upper left for the audio):

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins - for real this time - Stanley Cup of Chowder
This is just too rich. But for real if I wake up tomorrow and the Iginla thing didn't happen...

Report: Tyler Seguin Guarded During Playoffs To Prevent His Partying-Deadspin
The Boston Bruins finally pulled the trigger on trading Tyler Seguin on Thursday, shipping him out—along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button—to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.

Canucks sign right-handed defenceman named Weber; unfortunately, it’s Yannick - Pass It To Bulis
Too bad, so sad, Vancouver.

2013 NHL Free Agency: Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Nathan Horton to 7 Year Deal - The Cannon
I wonder how many other teams were willing to go 7 years on a guy with this kind of injury history. Still, a nice pickup for the Blue Jackets.

Phoenix Coyotes sign Mike Ribeiro - Five For Howling
They're hoping that Ribeiro's history playing under Dave Tippet in Dallas will pay off in the desert.

Wild trades Devin Setoguchi, signs Matt Cooke |
As if you needed another reason to boo when Minny comes to town...

Senators acquire forward Bobby Ryan from Ducks - Silver Seven
Yes, they lost Daniel Alfredsson to Detroit (home for aging Swedes), but GM Bryan Murray scored a major coup by trading for Anaheim's Bobby Ryan.

Leafs Sign Clarkson - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto landed Dave Clarkson... for seven years.

New Jersey Devils Spend Big for Sign Ryane Clowe: 5 Yrs., $24.25 Million - In Lou We Trust
The Devils landed a power forward coming off a cold-shooting season... will he rebound?

Hotdog-Eating Champ Joey Chestnut: 'My Body Is Just Pretty Much at Its Limit' - The Hollywood Reporter
The competitive eater -- who devoured a record 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes -- tells THR about his recovery after the July 4 event.

Were Any Long-Term NHL Contracts a Good Idea? - Grantland

Thanks to Roberto Luongo, Vincent Lecavalier, Ilya Bryzgalov, and Rick DiPietro, the past week of NHL transactions will probably be remembered as the end of an era.

Gillis on Luongo: ‘Either play or don’t play’ | ProHockeyTalk

And if he doesn't?