The first stage of the NHL's free-agency period has produced several smart signings that may not grab the attention of hockey fans right now, but they will soon learn why these moves will add valuable skill and depth to their favorite team.
One of the challenges for general managers during the salary cap era is to find underrated players and sign them to team-friendly deals. Star and second-tier players normally make up most of a club's salary cap payroll, which is why filling out the roster with sufficient talent is often difficult.
As the two Stanley Cup finalists (Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins) proved last season, winning a championship requires the proper amount of depth and experience.
Let's take a look at the most underrated signings of the free-agency period thus far.