Teams look dramatically different on Day 1
If you hockey fans were looking for some wild spending reminiscent of the good ol' pre-lockout days, the opening day of free agency didn't disappoint.
The big-market teams, flush with an extra $6 million in cap space thanks to the new upper limit, were rockin' and rollin' on the first day of July. The Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche, Wings and Maple Leafs, as well as the champion Ducks, all made big-money pickups.
The way the dollars were flying around, you couldn't help wondering: Why ...
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2007 FREE AGENCY
Free agency is open and top players are on the move. Here's a recap of what's made news so far:
• Rangers keep Shanahan
• Big-spending Rangers give Lundqvist hefty raise
• Rangers introduce Gomez, Drury
• Sakic helped lure Smyth, Hannan to sign with Avs
• Bye, Buffalo: Flyers land big free agent Briere
• Drury, Gomez both sign with Rangers
• Smyth settles with Avalanche