NHL free agency always starts off the same, the big-name players dominate every headline around. In the end however, it is the smaller signings that sometimes end up making the biggest contributions.
The 2012 year was no different. Any talk involving who signs where always involved Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. That was expected. It is an exciting time of the year for fans of all teams and everyone wants their team to pick up a star.
However, there have been many more signings so far than just Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and some of these lesser-known signings have just as much excitement attached to them. These are the deals that can really show the savvy that your teams GM has when it comes to picking up players.
So without any more wait, here are the three best smaller signings that have happened so far in the 2012 NHL free agency period.