Defensemen signings highlight crazy day of deals

Updated: July 2, 2006, 1:09 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine


That's the best word to describe the first day of the NHL's free agent season. Flush with cash, general managers around the league were quick out of the gate (the market opened at noon ET on Saturday) trying to convince their favorite free agents to sign on the dotted line. And for the most part, they weren't disappointed.

Through the first 12 hours of the free agent period, more than 30 UFAs either re-signed with their old club or agreed to terms with a new team. Most ...

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