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Jordan Staal signed a 10-year contract with Carolina on July 1 July 1 is viewed by many as the best day of the hockey year. It’s the beginning of free agency. You know, that time when teams are awarded the Stanley Cup based on the money they’ve spent to bring in, and likely overpay, players. However, this year was much different. On a day dubbed “Free Agent Frenzy”, July 1 was more lull and dull than any other in recent history. While a large part of it has to do with teams waiting to see what Zach Parise and Ryan Suter do, it’s mostly due to the fact that this year’s free agent crop is thinner than a fishing line. With so many long-term contracts being given out, it causes the free agent pool to be shallower than an empty swimming pool year after year. It really takes away the excitement of the day for many, but it also creates problems for many of the teams in the NHL. Something has to change. Look at the number of players who are going to sign or have recently signed contracts th...
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