NHL Free Agency Blog Beat – July 2, 2014

Analysis of some of the biggest moves made during the July 1 free-agent signing frenzy. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks at the crazed signings which opened this year’s NHL free agent market, and recaps the recent NHL Draft.

Did the Senators get a sufficient return for Jason Spezza from Dallas?

Did the Senators get a sufficient return for Jason Spezza from Dallas?

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Analysis of the return the Senators received in the Jason Spezza trade.

DEFENDING BIG D: In praise of Stars GM Jim Nill’s big moves (acquiring Spezza, signing Ales Hemsky) on the opening day of free agency.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Pleasantly surprised the Blues landed Paul Stastny.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: The Thomas Vanek deal is a home run for the Wild.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: The media was not kind to the Capitals for overpaying to land Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

JAPERS’ RINK: Surveying the Capitals landscape following their recent free-agent signings.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: When it comes to free agency, the Jets are their own worst enemy.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: It’s all Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s fault for not having enough cap space to improve the roster this summer.

IN LOU WE TRUST: A summary of the Devils free-agent moves.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Who’s in, who’s out in Montreal.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: The Maple Leafs were fairly quiet during the opening day of the free agency market.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: The start of this year’s free-agent market made history as over half-a-billion dollars in signings were made to 70 players.