With adjusted expectations for free agency -- players will be overpaid -- it's time to note there were a lot of good deals signed this so far this summer, mostly because teams weren't giving out long terms.
The first day of free agency included a flurry of deals. Which teams helped themselves and which didn't? Here's our 2014 Free Agency Winners and Losers.
The Lightning landed one of the top defensive defensemen on the market by signing former New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.
Matt Niskanen was the clear top target in free agency among defensemen until Christian Ehrhoff was added to the list late.
The New York Rangers will have to look somewhat difference next year, but if Glen Sather can get creative over the offseason, they may not be far from Stanley Cup contention again.
Henrik Lundqvist's brilliance in Game 4 helped the Rangers extend the series with the Kings and take the first step towards a comeback.
Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman saved a sure goal when he swept a puck off the goal line to preserve New York's 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings.
If the New York Rangers hope to win Game 2, they'll have to do what they do best, play fast, capitalize on mistakes and take a few risks of their own to create more offense in Game 2.
Ho-hum, the Kings score another come-from-behind win. Though they probably would like to start better, a Kings comeback almost seems inevitable every game now.
The Stanley Cup Final features a bi-coastal battle between New York and LA, the first such title bout since 1981 in North American sports, two resilient teams that have been impossible to put away.

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