April 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Buffalo Sabres won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Dasherboard July 5, 2013

Welcome to the frenzy!

Today is July 5th, and as many of the more sober/lucid readers will be able to attest, it’s the first day of free agency in the NHL.  If the NHL Entry Draft creates unrealistic expectations of NHL teams landing the next Wayne Gretzky, the beginning of free agency fosters unrealistic expectations of mediocre teams landing a player who will transform a franchise from cellar-dwellar to Cup-hoister in a calendar year.

What fun!  No matter – it’s fun to watch the game play out.  Here are your day’s links, hand-picked to help you make sense of these crazy times.

Start your free agent/trade tacking at Hockey Buzz.  They have added a nice new feature: a rumor tracker that sits right at the top of the page!  How convenient.

You should always refer to My NHL Trade Rumors, as well, although they get hit with so much traffic you might have problems loading it every so often. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @myNHLTradeRumor, as well.

Here’s a look at the 13 most coveted free agents available starting at noon today.  [NHL.com] Don’t get your hopes up, Sabres fans!

Interested in how free agent goaltenders are faring?  Look no further! [Bleacher Report]

Interested in knowing who the most overrated free agents are?  Look no further! [Bleacher Report] And watch the Buffalo Sabres try to overpay one of these guys!

TSN will be constantly updating its UFA Tracker throughout the day – make sure you keep checking in to see who has been signed, by whom, and for how much!

Hope I have set you up for a fun day of web browsing and Twitter scanning!  Enjoy!


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