NHL Free Agents 2011: 5 Free Agents Who Provide Best Additions to New Teams

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NHL Free Agents 2011: 5 Free Agents Who Provide Best Additions to New Teams
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Guys like Brad Richards and Jaromir Jagr are certainly more than capable of stealing the spotlight when it comes to a July free-agent signing.  And not without good reason.

These are All-Star players with piles of points at the NHL level.  But for every superstar on the team you need at least two or three lesser known "moving parts" to fill in the spaces between big contracts and bigger players.

And while bringing in a skater like Richards could possibly lead to a march toward the Stanley Cup, more often it is the peripheral signings that really start to shine come playoff time.  

If you're looking for a list of the top names that moved this July, then you're in the wrong place.  These are five non All-Star type players that could reward their teams in various different ways throughout the regular season and possibly the playoffs.

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