Declaring winners and losers on the first day of free agency is a mug's game, but it's one we all love to play. Check to see who were the the teams that made out the best and worst on day one of free agent season. More
Mikkel Boedker was more of a luxury than a need for the Sharks, but maybe the price and term were just too good to pass up.
At one point, he was a 40-goal scorer. But that season seems light years away and now the veteran right winger needs to mend his reputation in the NHL. Can the Red Wings find value in a player who was scratched from a playoff drive and then bought out by Minnesota?
It's difficult to predict how Alexander Radulov turns out in Montreal. Whatever happens, he's not a huge risk on a one-year contract.
The Calgary Flames have brought in a big body with a Stanley Cup ring in Brouwer. With Brian Elliott already added from St. Louis, the Flames are looking to get back on track with two players who were instrumental in the Blues' run to the conference final this season.
The Blackhawks shored up a huge need with Brian Campbell on a cheap deal – but he is a temporary solution to a long-term problem.
The veteran rearguard brings experience and a shutdown portfolio to Dallas, where the Stars have cultivated a nice pipeline of young defensemen. With the offense on turbo-chargers already, Dallas is in a good position to make noise in the playoffs next year.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Not long ago, it was thought that Eric Staal would be one of the most sought-after free agents in the summer of 2016. Instead, he ended up taking a 58 per cent pay cut.
One of the top blueliners in the game today, Hedman could have gotten more money on the open market, but he clearly sees what Tampa Bay can do in the next year or two and has taken a bit less. And there's no way either side will regret a new eight-year relationship.