When the market opened Tuesday, teams tried to make a splash to improve their rosters and fire up fans.
Stastny cashed in, signing a $28 million, four-year contract with the
"It's a tough decision, (but) I was in a good position," Stastny, a St. Louis native, told the Blues' website. "You almost have to take a step back and take all the emotions out of it and try to realize what's best for me hockey-wise. Not just next year, but two or three or four years down the road."
The Avs found someone to score in Stastny's place, picking up an aging player who has proven he's still got it.
Iginla was given a three-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday, his 37th birthday. The wing had 30 goals to tie for the most in Boston last season.
The Avs also acquired a veteran defenseman,
After trading away
"I like to think that this team can get its mojo back, have a good attitude and push forward," said Miller, 33. "From the top down I think they have the right attitude in place. I think it's going to be exciting to play hockey here."
The Caps bolstered the blue line behind superstar
Pittsburgh signed defenseman
Dallas got a jump on the competition before free agency began, acquiring high-scoring forward
"A lot of the teams that are up against the cap, they can't do anything,"
The 31-year-old Spezza, set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, had asked for a trade and previously turned down a deal that would have sent him to Nashville.
Calgary got veteran goalie
Some franchises, though, stayed out of the fray and allowed other teams to perhaps overpay for the best players available.
Florida invested tens of millions on free agents, adding centers
Buffalo infused its roster with veteran talent, giving forward
Sabres general manager Tim Murray said he was "excited," about the number of quality players interested in signing with the franchise.
"I've thought that all along, but you're never sure until the clock hits 12," Murray said.
"One of the more desperate days of the hockey season,"
Columbus, Toronto and Detroit invested a lot one year ago in some of the top free agents —
"There's a lot of things that happen on free agency day that some teams look back and wonder why they did it,"
Tampa Bay also added goaltender
The Rangers made up some of their losses after reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in two decades by signing veteran defenseman
New York also added defensemen
Mike Cammalleri signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the
Ottawa re-signed veteran forward
Some notable players still available:
While Detroit tries to improve its roster, the franchise awaits 41-year-old Alfredsson's decision whether to retire.
"If his back feels good in August, we'll talk about a one-year deal with him," general manager
AP Sports Writers John Wawrow, Josh Dubow, Joedy McCreary, Pat Graham, Tim Reynolds and Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.