It's been almost a week since NHL free agency opened and many of the big names have been scooped up. Brad Richards has gone to the New York Rangers. Tomas Vokoun to Washington. Simon Gagne to Los Angeles. Does that mean there are no more valuable free agents out there? Far from it.
There are plenty of players still out there that can help a team win. They are mostly role players but every team needs them. Also, with the new cap floor, there stands a good chance that these players are going to get a lot more money than they are actually worth.
Everyone focuses on the deals that happen on or slightly after July 1, but it's the deals that happen later in July or even August that could truly lead a team into contention.