After opening day frenzy, signings slow to a trickle on Day 2 of NHL free agency

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray jokes he has run out of spending money two days into NHL free agency.

Most of his fellow executives seemed to be in the same boat Wednesday, when the frenzied pace of high-priced signings slowed to a trickle.

The reason, Murray said, was teams and remaining free agents were regrouping to consider their options. That included Buffalo, which committed more than $46 million in salaries to sign four players Tuesday.

There were a few notable signings Wednesday.

The New York Islanders signed forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts.

The Nashville Predators signed center Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. And forward Chris Bourque, who spent last season playing in Europe, agreed to sign with the New York Rangers.