2013 NHL Free Agency: Departed Players Teams Will Miss Most

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2013 NHL Free Agency: Departed Players Teams Will Miss Most
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The 2013 NHL free-agency period has seen a lot of players change sides.

From the unfolding of the shocking  Daniel Alfredsson situation to Mike Ribeiro deciding to take his talents to the desert, July 5 didn't have a shortage of surprises or big-money deals for players that have had even mild amounts of success at the NHL level.

Nothing like the smell of overspending in the morning, right?

Free agency causes even the sanest of general managers to lose their minds and hurl money at the nearest "big-name" player that can fill a perceived hole on the team. After all, one spot-on signing can put a team over the top for a Stanley Cup run.

On the other hand, teams that have lost players are left with incomplete rosters, digging around internally to replace that top-four defenseman or top-six forward that just received a massive payday elsewhere.

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