NHL Free Agents: 8 Teams That Have Gotten Worse This Summer

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NHL Free Agents: 8 Teams That Have Gotten Worse This Summer
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The weeks following July 1 that is commonly referred to as the NHL Free Agency season is a time in which all 30 NHL teams attempt to strengthen their rosters for the upcoming season.  

Each year, general managers across the league do this by orchestrating blockbuster trades and luring free agents to their clubs in order to improve the short and long-term fortunes of their franchise.

The 2011 offseason has been a particularly busy one, as a number of big-name players have changed addresses, and some teams have emerged as big winners on the free agency market.  

While many teams appear to have gotten stronger, there are a number who don't look nearly as good as they did prior to the NHL Draft.  Here are the top eight teams that fall into that category. 

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