E.J. Hradek weighs the winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency. The Penguins are loaded for bear and the Canucks may have enough to finally play for the Cup. The Rangers? Don't ask.
E.J. Hradek reacts to the blitz that is the first day of free agency, breaking down the biggest signings on the blue line, a theme that dominated the first day of the NHL's free-agent signing period.
E.J. Hradek, just scant hours before NHL free agency begins, cues up a look at Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Gonchar, Matthew Lombardi, Dan Ellis and more to see where they might land.
Do NHL teams really need to be hot going into the playoffs? Not exactly, but that doesn't mean a slump is acceptable, either.
The difference between missing the NHL playoffs and securing the final spot is huge, which is why teams are going all-out.