NHL free agency period opens with a bang

Goaltender Ryan Miller signed with the Canucks on Tuesday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Goaltender Ryan Miller signed with the Canucks on Tuesday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 AM ET

Sorry, National Hockey League trade deadline day.

The real frenzy across the NHL usually occurs on Canada Day, and this year was no exception.

As is the annual custom, jaws began dropping not long after NHL clubs were able to start throwing gobs of money at players that otherwise wouldn’t have gotten it had it been any other day on the calendar.

Consider that the NHL’s 30 teams — less than two years removed from the start of a second lockout — combined to spend in excess of $500 million US on more than 70 players.

The sound you heard on Tuesday night wasn’t fireworks exploding across Canada. It was corks popping in the homes of NHL players across North America.

Players who make headlines — the Paul Stastnys, Ryan Millers, Jarome Iginlas of the world — were going to get what was coming to them, and each of the three cashed in.


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