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5 Best Signings and Trades on First Day of NHL Free Agency

NHL Free Agency: 5 Best Signings and Trades on First Day

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Many a trade and signing have already gone down on the first day of NHL free agency. Here's a look at the five best moves of the day thus far.

5. Montreal Canadiens Sign Manny Malhotra

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5. Montreal Canadiens Sign Manny Malhotra

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The Canadiens nabbed Malhotra for a year at just $ 850,000, a fantastic value for a great third line center who is excellent at the face-off dot and in his own zone.

4. Buffalo Sabres Trade For Josh Gorges

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4. Buffalo Sabres Trade For Josh Gorges

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The Sabres only had to give up a second-round pick for Gorges, who is one of the league's better shutdown defensemen. He'll certainly help out a Buffalo team that allowed almost three goals against per game last season.

3. St. Louis Blues Sign Paul Stastny

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3. St. Louis Blues Sign Paul Stastny

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The Blues have been looking for a second top-six center to supplement David Backes for several years, and they finally acquired one. Stastny is rather overrated as a player and $ 7M is a hefty price tag, but this signing fills a need and fills it well. St. Louis is looking to leap into the elite tier of Western Conference teams that presently only contains the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks; this moves them in the right direction.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Christian Ehrhoff

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2. Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Christian Ehrhoff

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Christian Ehrhoff at just $ 4M is a steal, even if it's for only one year. Ehrhoff is a solid No. 3 defenseman, and his puck moving ability should help to somewhat mask Pittsburgh's still-horrible forward depth.

1. Dallas Stars Trade For Jason Spezza

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1. Dallas Stars Trade For Jason Spezza

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Finding the market for Spezza and his enormous cap hit to be almost completely dry, the Ottawa Senators had to sell for fifty cents on the dollar. The Stars got a fantastic deal here; they added one of the best offensive centers in the world to their already-impressive lineup and only had to give up a few prospects to do so. Defense is still a concern in Dallas, but an offense that was already top-10 now looks even scarier.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.