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NHL free-agency: Ducks sign Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner

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Clayton Stoner signs with Ducks after spending his entire NHL career with the Minnesota Wild
Former Ducks Jonas Hiller, Mathieu Perreault and Stephane Robidas signed with new teams Tuesday

NHL free agency opened with a furious rush -- 46 signings in the opening 2 1/2 hours of free agency for a record $393 million on Tuesday morning, according to Canadian cable network TSN.

The Ducks were responsible for several hellos and goodbyes. Anaheim signed free-agent, 29-year-old defenseman Clayton Stoner, a big physical presence, who spent his entire NHL career with the Minnesota Wild.

Stoner's deal was somewhat surprising -- a four-year, $13-million agreement. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder was on the Wild's third-defense pair this past regular season, recorded 84 penalty minutes in 63 games and was highly effective in the postseason.

The deal has not yet been announced by the Ducks.

A trio of Ducks' players found new homes. Goalie Jonas Hiller signed with the Calgary Flames, center Mathieu Perreault landed in Winnipeg for three years and $9 million, and defenseman Stephane Robidas reached a three-year, $9-million agreement with Toronto.

Hiller, who had lost the No. 1 job in Anaheim, will likely be the starter in Calgary. His deal was for two years, $9 million. It should be noted that Calgary's president of hockey operations, Brian Burke, signed Hiller to his first contract in May, 2007 when Burke was the Ducks' general manager.

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