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Scuderi, Stalberg among college hockey alums making splash in NHL free agency

All four of the free agents signed by the Nashville Predators since July 5th are college hockey alums.

Rob Scuderi (7) is one of several college hockey alums to move to a new NHL team since free agency began July 5, 2013.
Rob Scuderi (7) is one of several college hockey alums to move to a new NHL team since free agency began July 5, 2013.
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The Nashville Predators have inked four former collegians this weekend. General Manager Dave Poile, a Northeastern alum, added Vermont alum Viktor Stalberg, St. Cloud alums Matt Cullen and Matt Hendricks and Michigan alum Eric Nystrom. Stalberg, a leftwing who was part of the Stanley Cup champion winning Chicago Blackhawks signed for $12M over four years. The Predators also inked former UMass-Lowell goaltender Carter Hutton to a two-way deal.

Former Michigan defenseman Mike Komisarek has signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The former Toronto Maple Leafs blue liner reportedly signed a one-year contract worth $700,000.

Former Wisconsin rightwing Jack Skille has signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, leaving the Florida Panthers behind.

The Dallas Stars have inked former Carolina Hurricanes and Nebraska-Omaha goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year contract worth $1.8M.

Former Miami Redhawks leftwing Ryan Jones has re-signed with the Edmonto Oilers.

Minnesota Golden Gophers alum Keith Ballard signed with the Minnesota Wild after being bought out by the Vancouver Canucks. The defenseman will reportedly make $3M over two years.

Princeton alum and NHL tough guy George Parros was signed by the Montreal Canadiens. The former Tigers rightwing was signed by Montreal after having played for the Florida Panthers this season. He won a Stanley Cup in Anaheim earlier in his career.

Former Harvard center Dominic Moore has moved from the San Jose Sharks to the New York Rangers.

The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed former Michigan State rightwing Adam Hall to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

Former NCAA Champion Rob Scuderi has left the Los Angeles Kings to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The former BC Eagles defender signed a four-year contract worth $13.5M.

The Penguins also re-signed former Harvard rightwing Craig Adams to a two-year contract worth $1.4M.

Former Norwich University star Keith Aucoin left the New York Islanders to sign with the St. Louis Blues.

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed former Denver Pioneers center Tyler Bozak to a five-year contract worth $21M. The deal is by far the most lucrative signed by an NCAA alum this offseason.

Former Northern Michigan center Mike Santorelli is going back home. The Vancouver, BC native signed with the hometown Canucks after playing with the Winnipeg Jets this past season.

Speaking of the Jets, Winnipeg signed former Michigan Wolverines goaltender Al Montoya to a one-year contract worth $601,000.

The Boston Bruins signed a couple of college hockey alums who split time this past season between the Phoenix Coyotes and their AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine. Former Dartmouth rightwing Nick Johnson and former Alaska-Fairbanks goaltender Chad Johnson both went from the Coyotes organization to the Bruins.

NHL veteran and former Hobey Baker Award winner Mike Mottau has signed a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers. The Boston College grad spent time between the San Antonio Rampage and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this season.

Two recent college grads were involved in a trade Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks exchanged a couple of former NCAA defensemen. Kyle Bigos (Merrimack) was shipped to San Jose in exchange for Lee Moffie (Michigan).

Information in this report came from NHL teams' releases and the USA Today Free Agency Tracker.

Jeff Cox covers hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.