CRANBERRY, Pa. —Think of July 1 in the NHL like doing your Christmas shopping on Dec. 24.
Almost all of the best stuff has already been picked over and whatever’s left, you’re going to overpay for it. Worse, you might regret it. It's sort of like buying that $60 tie complete with LED lighting. On Dec. 26, that same tie is worth $15.
That’s just the nature of the beast on July 1, the start of the NHL free agent signing period.