NHL Power Rankings 2013: How Start of Free Agency Shook Up the League

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NHL Power Rankings 2013: How Start of Free Agency Shook Up the League
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The opening weekend of NHL free agency resulted in owners spending over $400 million to improve their teams for the 2013-14 season and beyond.

Championships are rarely won because of major free-agent signings—just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers—but the depth acquired in the free-agent market with the signings of veterans who play vital roles is very important in the pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

In the salary-cap era, the general managers who spend wisely and don't hurt their teams' financial flexibility with poor signings will have the greatest chance for consistent postseason success.

Let's take a look at the latest NHL power rankings following the first few days of this year's free agent frenzy.

 

Note: All signings per TSN. Salary information via CapGeek.

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