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Free Agent "Frenzy" - Top 5 Best Signings of 2011


Its the Dog Days for NHL fans.  With nothing much else going on, here's one take on the best free agent signings of the summer.  Which move do you consider the best?  Details after the jump....

5.  Ottawa Senators signed Zenon Konopka, C to a 1-year, $700k contract.  The truculent Konopka led the league in PIMs last season (307), and he's fierce in the dot (58%).

4.  Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed Pascal Dupuis to a 2-year, $3M contract (1.50 cap hit).  The speedy Dupuis can play up and down the lineup including keeping up with Sidney Crosby and he's one of the best forwards on the PK.

3.  St. Louis Blues re-signed Matt D'Agostini to a 2-year, $2.3M contract (1.15 cap hit).  D'Ags can play on any line, has a heavy shot, and brings a scoring touch at a modest price.

2.  Washington Capitals signed Tomas Vokoun to a 1-year, $1.5M contract.  Vokoun was the best goaltender available, but he and his agent seem to have (badly) overplayed their hand.  Washington lucked into this signing, but sometimes its better to be lucky than good.

1.  New York Rangers signed Brad Richards to a 9-year, $60M contract (6.66 cap hit).  Richards was the biggest prize in free agency and remarkably New York landed him at a cap-friendly number.  On the downside, Sather had to cross over into "cap circumvention territory" to get the deal done.  Rumors abound that he sold his soul to the devil to get it done (see cap hit).

Honorable Mentions:  Dallas Stars signed Vern Fiddler to a 3-year, $5.4M contract.  He's no Brad Richards, but he's a solid 3C who is strong on draws; Nashville Predators signed Nicklas Bergfors to a 1-year, $575k "show me" contract.  He's lazy, but if anyone can get him going, its Barry Trotz.

The content expressed in fanposts does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff here at Pensburgh.com. FanPosts are opinions expressed by fans of various teams throughout the league but may be more Pittsburgh-centric for obvious reasons.

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