As of 9:38am, PST.

Here it is boys and girls. An open forum to talk about Free Agency. I will update this post as I get information although I will be on the road for several hours today. Regardless of my updates, chat away and post anything credible you know.

Here is what I read or know so far:

The LA Kings are meeting with Brad Richards. My first response, whaaaaa?

Dennis Bernstein claims that Doughty’s contract could top $7 million. I have not heard any number yet. We shall see.

Michal Handzus has signed with the Flyers? That is being reported. I have not seen anything official or credible on this yet. Not saying it won’t happen but just beware of bullshit today and this weekend. I do know they are “talking” and I would not be surprised if he signs there.

Larry Brooks claims that if the LA Kings sign Brad Richards, then the Rangers should one minute later put in an offer sheet to Drew Doughty. Well, Larry Brooks is a…you know what, I am not going to go there.

You can talk about Jagr if you wish…I just don’t give a damn about him or where he goes.

The Penguins have signed Tyler Kennedy. Damn.

Steve Stamkos is not close to a new deal. Interesting. I still believe one of Oilers, Islanders or Maple Leafs could offer sheet him

9:47 PST

Helene Elliott is reporting: “Tim Leiweke of Kings and Mike Altieri seen outside offices of Brad Richards’ agent. So despite Lombardi’s insistence Kings were not in hunt…yes, the Kings are making a major push for Brad Richards. they didn’t want it known but they are gong in with big presentation, big money” All together now, hmmmmm.

A Tim Leiweke quote! “We are here to meet with Brad Richards’ agent.” God, I hope he doesn’t use the “it’s about the Cap, not the cash” line again.

9:54

Ben Eager signs with Oilers. 3.3 for 3 years. Perfect for that team and Tambellini. Now, all the pricks can get together in a circle jerk.

10:10 PST

Blackhawks have signed O’D to a 1 year deal. Ahhh. I miss O’D. One of the coolest guys in the league.

10:11 PST

Leaving soon. POST WHAT YOU KNOW!

10:14 PST

Panthers inked Scotty Upshall. One less wing on the market.

One thing to keep in mind is that Dean Lombardi LOVES centers and if given the opportunity to move a center to left wing, he will do it…and so will Terry Murray. His priorities are goalie, defense, center, wing, in that order.

10:23 PST

Jaromir Jagr signs with the Flyers. Holmgren has lost his mind? No $$ details yet.

Raffi Torres goes to Coyotes. 2 years, 3.5M. Hoping he was going to Oilers. I like all the pricks in one place.

10:55 PST

Hawks signed Andrew Brunette

Ed Jovanovski lands in Florida – 4 years, $16.5M. Clearly, he has no interest in winning at this point and just wants his pay day.

11:01 PST

Jagr is over $3M for 1 year contract. Flyers may be done in UFA market.

Per Helene, Kings are in the offices of Richards’ agent and are commencing presentation. Isn’t it great having Helene? Someone that reports things as they happen?

11:13 PST

Zeus not signed with Flyers. Yet.

For the next few hours, further updates will come on Twitter – @kingsofhockey

Surly here now – 8:33AM in Maui (that’s 11:33AM for you losers still on the mainland in LA)

Yep, that’s how crazy I am. In Maui and following free agency like the obsessed fool I am. I’ll keep this going while Scribe goofs around on twitter.

Vrbata stays in Phoenix. Theodore, Goc to Florida. Avs trade a 1st and 2nd rounder for Semyon Varlamov. Talbot signs in Philly. Leino looking for buku bucks. Nashville’s RFA snafu hearing set for July 8th and Larry Brooks is still convinced that Richards covets New York just as much as Brooksie covets a mask and voice synthesizer in press scrums with John Tortarella.

11:44 PST

Jets finally make a splash, sign Derek Meech to two way contract. OK, so maybe it’s more of a shallow end toe test than a splash. All the buzz right now is on Philly signing ex Penguins. Maybe they traded Mike Richards so that he wouldn’t put black widow spiders in Max Talbots jock strap.

11:52AM PST

Canes sign goalie Brian Boucher. To clean up old news, Stars signed Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak and Adam Pardy.

11:56 PST

Crazy action today. Can you say “scared shitless of looming CBA’?

Most bigger names still out there. Richards, Gagne, Leino, Cole, Connelly, Ponikarovsky…

Also, Peter Budaj signs for two years in Montreal. A shame, I really enjoyed the Kings playing against him.

12:02PM PST

Mike Rupp signs with Rangers for 3 years. Scooby Doo impersonators in New York ecstatic.

12:06

Detroit lands Defenseman Mike Commodore for 1 year.

12:09

Mike Richards is tweeting about baseball…. Dreger thinks Montreal is close to signing Erik Cole.

12:18

Pittsburgh signs Steve Sullivan. Sullivan would have stayed in Nashville if they hadn’t forgotten to mail him his last few paychecks.

12:23

Looks like Joel Ward and Roman Hamrlik to Washington and Marty Reasoner to the Islanders.

12:33

Another one bites the dust. Erik Cole to Montreal for 4 years. C’est la vie.

12:36

Cam Barker and Darcy Hordichuk to the Oilers. Poor Ryan Smyth is going to have a lot of assholes to tame in that locker room.

12:39

The wonderful Helene Elliott gives us this quote Tim Leiweke on the Brad Richards meeting.

“went well. He was very impressed. Our team did the best player presentation I have ever seen.”

I just hope this time we don’t try to woo a hockey player with Taylor Swift.

12:50

Stars sign Michael Ryder for two years @ 3.5MM per.

1:00

Versteg traded to Panthers for 2nd and 3rd round picks. Going to be very interesting to see how they do next season. Major shakeups. Does all this movement mean David Booth could be had f we don’t get Richards?

1:05

Interview with Leiweke on Richards meeting posted by Hammond: http://lakingsinsider.com/2011/07/01/leiweke-comments-on-richards-meeting/

1:12

Sabres sign Leino. 6 years, 27 million. 4.5 per year, yeesh. Ducks trade for Kurtis Foster, sending one of the all time league schmucks Andy Sutton out of Southern California and to guess where? The Oilers! That team is taking their cues from Canucks last year – load up on douche bags.

1:22

Strum to Vancouver. Dredger says personal meetings are done for the day with Brad Richards. What team didn’t bother to show up face to face? The Rangers. It will be interesting to see how long Richards takes to make a decision. Leiweke confident it won’t be dragged out too long.

1:26

Ponikarovsky gone. Carolina.

1:29

Giguere to the Avs looks likely. Will he take a backup role? They just payed a Kings’ ransom to get Varleymov, who wants to be a #1 goalie. If Giguere signs there, takes the #1 spot and Varleymov bolts for the motherland…. I will actually feel sorry for Avs fans…. But would very much enjoy the razzing come Frozen Fury.

1:33

Helene says that the Kings video presentation to Richards included messages from Jerry Bruckheimer and Kobe Bryant. Pretty cool that they put together a video just for Richards that required them to go outside of their game video library. Helene also says the deal is rumored to be about 6.5 million average salary. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/07/kings-nhl-dean-lombardi-tim-leiweke.html

1:50

Souray to the Stars for one year. Vamdermeer to the Sharks. Former King goalie Garon to the Lightning. Jamie Langenbrunner is lonely.

2:00

Panthers really want a playoff spot. Signed Fleishmann 4 years 18MM.

2:06

Oilers actually sign one of the good guys. Eric Belanger. My condolences to a player I’ve always loved. I can’t imagine that big gap in his teeth is going to feel good in the icy wind.

2:14

Benoit Poulliot and two other guys you don’t care about to the Bruins.

2:22

Brian Elliott to the Blues. Chuck Kobasew to the Avs for 1.25MM per year. Finally the Avs did something intelligent. Big fan of Kobasew.

5:34

Sorry for the lack of updates. A Blue Hawaiian called to me from the pool bar. Well, maybe 3 Blue Hawaiis… Posting now from the beach. I love you guys way too much.

By the way this is still Surly. Scribe is in San Diego… Apparently to someone who lives in the OC that is considered luxury. Back to hockey.

So we’ve got Bergenheim with the Panthers and Handzus with the Sharks. Yuck. Gave him 2.5MM for two years. I wanted Zus back for 1 year @ 2MM, so I’m not too bummed. Although not looking forward to him shutting down Kopitar. Love ya Zus, fare thee well, but not too well. On the bright side, odds for Brad Richards got slightly better with Stevie Y announcing he is out of the running, citing too big of a gap in money to bridge. That leaves the Kings, Leafs, Rangers, Philly and Calgary if you need a good laugh. Also, Rangers said to be far from highest bidder for Richards. I like our odds.

6:44

Now we are hearing Calgary’s odds for Richards might not be too bad. McKenzie puts them ahead of Kings and Leafs. Must’ve been one hell of a presentation. Calgary is tight in cap space and have not done anything yet to suggest they are going to be any better than last year. Does Brad Richards think he can be the sole difference between missing the playoffs and contending for a cup? Maybe Richards doesn’t want to be the final piece of the puzzle. If he signs in Calgary he wants to be the only piece…