NHL Free Agency/Trade Rumors: One Player Who Could Improve Each Team

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NHL Free Agency/Trade Rumors: One Player Who Could Improve Each Team
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Brad Richards and Joni Pitkanen have been replaced atop the list of available unrestricted free agents by the likes of Antti Miettinen and Bryan McCabe. Yeah, it's that time of year.

However, that does not mean that a move made in the homestretch of the offseason cannot return a solid benefit to a team looking to gain an extra edge heading into the upcoming season. Let's not forget Arron Asham, Andrew Ladd, and Ben Eager were all unsigned at this time a year ago and went on to have productive seasons.

The market isn't completely baron, and plenty of teams are still sifting through the available names in an attempt to plug holes, save a buck, or reach the salary cap floor. Don't be surprised if one of the signings the rest of the way ends up paying dividends when the NHL takes to the ice in October.

The following is one player each team could realistically add, either through free agency or the trade market, to benefit the team in 2011-2012.

Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter @MatthewFairburn for my thoughts on every signing that takes place from here on in.

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