There was a flurry of phone calls and activity in the NHL world on Wednesday as agents and executives could begin cursory calls leading up to the July 1 opening of free agency. The interview period has some prominent NHL free agents headed to Philadelphia for meetings with prospective teams, and saw some teams – like the Los Angeles Kings landing a seven-year deal with incumbent forward Marian Gaborik, and the Tampa Bay Lightning inking Ryan Callahan to a six year contract – lock up their own players a few days before they could fly the coop.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will meet with Jarome Iginla in hopes of accomplishing the same goal while in Philadelphia for the NHL Draft this weekend, and Shawn Thornton will officially turn the page from the Black and Gold as well. An industry source indicated to CSNNE.com that Thornton’s agent received calls from “several teams” expressing interest in his bruising, veteran services. He certainly won’t be the first player signed on July 1, but that means the 36-year-old shouldn’t face much difficulty finding an NHL gig next season.