D highlights free agency's first day 

July, 1, 2010

If you were looking to add a defenseman this offseason, I hope you didn't blink. It didn't take long for several of them to find new homes on the first day of the league's free-agent period. Here are some quick thoughts on a few of the defenders who signed new deals Thursday.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.