NHL Free Agents 2011: Power Ranking the Top 11 Players Signed So Far

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NHL Free Agents 2011: Power Ranking the Top 11 Players Signed So Far
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On Friday, the first day of free agency, over five dozen new contracts were handed out.  The cash value of those deals was in the excess of $260 million. 

And that was before Brad Richards inked his deal on Saturday, and Tomas Vokoun sat on the sidelines contemplating offers.

In a day that is usually highlighted by super stars switching sides, the complimentary pieces stole the show (and their fair share of dough as well.)  While there wasn't much outright star power to go around, there were plenty of impact players free to go where they chose.

Checking forwards, penalty killing specialists and backup goaltenders moved quickly as the thin group of shakers and movers were wooed by GMs. Teams were able to address these specific needs and flush out their rosters as they saw fit.

Or in the case of the Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers, totally overhaul what had been in place a month ago in an attempt to get that much closer to the cap floor or Cup run, respectively.

With the increase in the cap ceiling, along with several teams dumping salary with the hopes of landing the biggest free agent fish Brad Richards, a lot of top teams had several million dollars to play with, even after signing their own free agents.

While there were several questionable signings due to both dollar and term, there were also a few outstanding deals that both met the needs of the team and the player at a decent cap number.

Here are the top deals up to this point in the NHL's free-agency period, version 2011.

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