NHL Free Agency: Five Teams One Player Away from the Stanley Cup

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NHL Free Agency: Five Teams One Player Away from the Stanley Cup

There was a lot of progress made on the first day of free agency. 44 players were signed and 33 found new homes.

There have been 77 players signed in total since July 1, including Sergei Gonchar, who went to the Ottawa Senators, Chris Mason, who signed with the Atlanta Thrashers, and Paul Martin, who is now a Pittsburgh Penguin.

Despite the number of signings, there is still a number of impressive free agents still on the market.

Ilya Kovalchuk is rumored to be close to a decision, while Evgeni Nabakov and Bill Guerin have still not signed anywhere.

For some teams, all it takes is signing one key player to get the over the hurdle and into the Stanley Cup Finals. A couple of teams have already signed that player, while a few more are still searching.

Here are five teams who may be just one player away from a Stanley Cup.

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