How does East stand up? Potential boon in Tampa; doom in Toronto

Updated: July 8, 2008, 8:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Since the start of the free-agency period (noon ET on July 1), almost 90 free agents have either signed with their previous clubs or found new homes around the NHL, signing deals that collectively will pay about $500 million well into the future.

When the playoffs are under way next spring, how many of these transactions will we remember? A half-dozen? A handful? Any?

General managers, many of whom mortgaged millions of dollars and committed to longer terms than ...

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