Free agency is a time when teams try to change their fortunes without having to offer up any of their prospects or top talent through a trade.
However, for as many teams that come out ahead during this time of year there are as many or more that do not fare so well. Teams will be picked clean some years.
Each year the amount of free agency winners and losers changes with each new crop of free agents.
As this year was relatively thin, there were only a handful of teams that came out well, with names like Minnesota topping that list.
On the other end there were six teams that lost a number of players to free agency, and in some cases it was more who they were unable to get that placed them on this list.
All links in regards to the free-agent signings came from NHL.com and its list of signed free agents, unless otherwise stated.