So what does half a billion dollars buy these days?
For starters, the answer might cover the first day of
The previous first-day high, according to the Canadian cable network TSN, was $384 million in 2009. It was clear that mark would be taken down early on, despite concerns about a slightly lower salary cap for teams this upcoming season, $69 million.
Stastny, who signed a four-year, $28-million deal with the
Niskanen, who had a career year with the
Miller signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the
Before the free-agency period officially started, disgruntled center
Anaheim signed free-agent, 29-year-old defenseman
Stoner's deal was somewhat surprising — a four-year, $13-million agreement. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder was on the Wild's third-defense pair this past regular season, recorded 84 penalty minutes in 63 games and was highly effective in the postseason.
"You develop a relationship with the organization, a lot of roots here in Minnesota," Stoner said in a conference call. "But I just felt like it was time for a change. I think it'll be a better move for me to go to a team like Anaheim where I might be needed more and relied upon.
"A chance to win the Stanley Cup is going to be exciting for me. That's not to say there's anything wrong with Minnesota, but my opportunity here was just running out."
A trio of Ducks players landed elsewhere. Goalie
"It's a hockey city. Being from Canada, you always dream of playing for a Canadian team," Perreault said on a conference call.
Hiller, who had lost the No. 1 job in Anaheim, will have the chance to be the starter in Calgary. His deal was for two years and $9 million. It should be noted that Calgary's president of hockey operations,
"It's definitely going to be a little change from California," Hiller said in a telephone interview. "I'm sure it's going to make me feel more like Switzerland. It's probably going to take some time to adjust, especially off the ice. At the same time, it's probably better to be able to start a new chapter.