2012 NHL Free Agency: The Best Move Every Team Has Made So Far

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2012 NHL Free Agency: The Best Move Every Team Has Made So Far
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With the NHL lockout effective on Sept. 15, general managers needed to pay heed to their own unique answer to the after-the-whistle penalty, i.e. no transactions after the CBA expires.

On the cusp of that buzzer, though, at least three teams made arguably their most crucial move of the offseason and their best free-agency deal since July. In all three cases, the club in question finally mustered a new pact with a current player who will, by all accounts, be pivotal to the franchise’s future.

Whether it was an external signing or an internal re-signing, these are each NHL team’s most positively momentous transactions in the 11 weeks between the start of free agency and the subsequent work stoppage.

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