January 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman addresses the National Hockey League lockout during a press conference at the Westin New York in Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Let The Journey Begin

Holy Moses! I needed a GPS and a calculator to keep track of who went where, and what GM’s got hosed on the deals they made during day one of free agency. There were 59 players signed yesterday to the tune of almost $395 million.

Who were the winners and losers? Ottawa picking up Bobby Ryan is huge. Sure, they lost their captain in Daniel Alfredsson, but at 40 years old, how much longer is he going to play? Ryan however, in my opinion, was worth the price Ottawa paid in giving up Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Philadelphia got Ray Emrey back to tutor Steve Mason and hopefully erase the memory of The Puzzle, Ilya Bryzgalov.

Jarome Iginla couldn’t lead the Penguins to the Promised Land this season so when next year’s rent came due, Pittsburgh shipped the future Hall of Famer to the Bruins.

And no matter what Peter Chiarelli had to say about Tyler Seguin, letting that talent-laden hockey player escape to Dallas was a failure with the Bruin’s staff, not with the player.

And, of course, Steve Yzerman made a move to secure Vinny’s replacement with the acquisition of Valtteri Filppula. With several teams interested in the talented Red Wing center, Filppula is a significant investment at $5 million per year for five years. Welcome to Tampa, Valtteri! You’ve got big shoes to fill.

Leave us a comment and let us know who you think claimed the biggest prize as NHL free agency gets underway. And stay tuned. There will probably be a few more surprises coming our way.

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