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The Rat Trick Morning Links: Tallon Busy, Nate Thompson, Free Agent Frenzy


Yesterday was the first day of the NHL free agent signing period, where free agents could sign with new teams if they choose too. It was, as expected, a crazy day seeing the action start as soon as seven minutes into the process.

ESPN gave their good, bad, and the unknown of the first day.

Too Many Men on The Ice broke down the five biggest contracts given out during the first day.

Nate Thompson gives out a farewell tweet to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the fans, as well a brief reflection on his time there.

It didn’t take former Florida Panthers backup Scott Clemmensen long to find a new home, even though it really isn’t ‘new’ for him as he heads back to New Jersey to play for the Devils. takes a look at how the West got even more ‘Wild’ with the signing of free agents as well as the Jason Spezza trade that occurred just before noon.

Last but certainly not least, a quick rundown of the action on the Panthers end from yesterday.

Jussi Jokinen signs a 4-year, $16 million deal

Dale Tallon has another former player from the Chicago Blackhawks joining him Dave Bolland” href=”” target=”_blank”>down in Florida in Dave Bolland.

Al Montoya and Shawn Thornton were brought in on two-year deals. [Montoya and Thornton]

Veteran Willie Mitchell was the lone defenseman brought in on day one for the Panthers.

Last but certainly not least, Derek MacKenzie was brought in on a 3-year deal.

With Mitchell the only defenseman added yesterday, we looked at the possibility of bringing in Paul Martin by ways of a trade.

Adding Thornton and MacKenzie went a long ways to helping build a strong fourth line, a crucial piece to any winning team.

Finally, my morning column wrapping up day one and how you can’t put a price on experience especially when your team doesn’t have much.

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