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Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek find new homes via NHL free agency
Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek find new homes via NHL free agency

So what does half a billion dollars buy these days? For starters, the answer might cover the first day of NHL free agency. It was an unprecedented rush of frenzied spending, soaring past $500 million and 70-plus signings before dinner time Tuesday … and still going. 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. Colorado center Paul Stastny, Montreal forward Thomas Vanek, Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen, St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller and Boston forward Jarome Iginla were...

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