July 1st was quite tame this year in terms of contract lengths and money being dished out in the NHL.
We didn't get the "Hossa" 12 year deal, or the "Brian Campbell" 57 million dollar deal.
But, there were still some big deals handed out, majority of them being smart. There were some overpaid guys, but hey, that's free agency. And it should only get worse as teams miss out on guys and over compensate to make sure they get a second or third tier guy.
The biggest name out there, Kovalchuk, has yet to sign, but today was the day of the defenseman.
I'll try my best to analyze the signings today, but it will be much easier to look back in a few years and see which teams did well (maybe by accident for not getting their guy who flopped on another team), and which teams did poorly.
But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.