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Phil Kessel's trade to Penguins highlights first day of NHL's free agency

Phil Kessel's trade to Penguins highlights first day of NHL's free agency

NHL general managers were relatively restrained on the first day of free agency, favoring strategic signings over the throw-money-at-the-problem moves that previously trapped many of them in salary-cap purgatory. A couple of intriguing trades stole the headlines, led by a six-player deal that sent prolific but often unmotivated winger Phil Kessel from Toronto to Pittsburgh, where he should flourish alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. The initial winner in the free-agent chase appeared to be the Detroit Red Wings, who signed puck-moving defenseman Mike Green away from the Washington Capitals for $18 million over three years and lured veteran center Brad Richards from the Stanley Cup...

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