NHL Free Agency: Did the 10 Top Free Agents Sign With the Right Teams?

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NHL Free Agency: Did the 10 Top Free Agents Sign With the Right Teams?
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Brad Richards left Dallas for the bright lights of Broadway

The summer of 2011 saw more than 200 National Hockey League free agents sign new contracts. Some elected to remain with their previous teams while others chose to move on to new organizations.

Those who re-signed with their clubs did so because they were either restricted free agents, meaning they could not sign with a new team without that new team providing compensation to the player's former organization.

However, most of the players who joined new clubs did so for a variety of reasons. Players move on because it may be a better fit for their families or the athlete is given the opportunity to play closer to his family. Players like nothing more than to have their parents and siblings be able to watch them play in person just as they did before they were professionals. Of course, there is the issue of compensation which usually means a pay raise is involved, and what person would turn that down?

Of the 200-plus players who signed new deals this past summer, we look at the 10 top (in descending order) free agents and discuss whether they made the best decision for themselves by choosing the new organizations they signed with. 

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