Last year, the New York Rangers made the big splash in free agency when they signed Brad Richards.
But the Los Angeles Kings made more noise when they traded for Mike Richards.
The former Flyer was one of the team's best players, as they cruised through the playoffs and won the franchise's first Stanley Cup.
Trade rumors are circulating now after the season's two big free-agent plums, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, signed contracts with the Minnesota Wild (per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune). Teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, who had been pursuing those free agents, now have to alter their plans.
Those plans may now include pursuing trades that will make their teams stronger for for a run at glory in 2012-13.