In addition to Brian Gionta and Brooks Orpik, a few more former Eagles signed new deals during this summer's NHL free agency period.
On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed center Brian Boyle to a three-year deal. Though financial terms were not disclosed, the deal is worth an annual average value of $2 million. Boyle, who has spent the last five seasons with the New York Rangers, scored 6 goals and 18 assists in 82 regular-season games, and 3 goals and 8 points in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Boyle, a former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has 100 career points (52-48--100) in seven NHL seasons.
Also late Tuesday, the Dallas Stars signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract. Eaves had 2 goals and five points in 25 games with the Detroit Red Wings and was scoreless in five games with the Nashville Predators last season. After turning pro after his junior season, Eaves has spent time with the Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators. The 10-year pro has 146 points (74-72--146) in 443 career games.
Scott Clemmensen is also on the move. The Eagles' 2001 National Championship netminder returns to New Jersey after five seasons with the Florida Panthers. Last season he made 17 appearances with the Panthers, recording a 6-7-1 mark and a 3.09 goals-against average. He's 73-59-23 with seven shutouts in 188 career games with New Jersey, Toronto and Florida. The addition of Clemmensen gives the Devils an all-Boston College goalie tandem alongside Cory Schneider.
Staying with the Devils, Stephen Gionta inked a new deal with the club. Financial terms were not disclosed but multiple reports indicate that Gionta received a two-year deal. The 30-year old left wing will be entering his fifth season with the Devils in 2014-15. He had four goals and 11 points in 66 games last season. The younger Gionta made his NHL debut in 2010, six years after kicking around the Devils AHL affiliates in Albany and Lowell. He has 9 goals and 26 points in 127 career games.
Boston College had 26 players skate in the NHL in 2013-14, the most of any U.S. college program. Thirteen of the league's 30 clubs boast at least one former Eagle on their current active roster. Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington, for those keeping track at home.