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Analysis of players' impacts following signings, trades

This is the week expectations begin to soar around the NHL. The free agent market opens Sunday, and teams will add the superstars and role players they believe will vault them toward the Stanley Cup.

It turns out there is significantly more disappointment than joy when players, teams and fans look back to the previous free agent frenzy.

In an effort to determine players’ immediate impact on a new team, The News analyzed the offensive output of all 251 skaters who have signed a multiyear contract with a new team since 2006-07. In addition, we studied the per-game breakdown of all 303 moves within three weeks of the trade deadline since 2005-06.

Read the full story here and check out a breakdown of the research below:

Signings analysis by team

Signings analysis by player

Trade analysis by team

Trades analysis by player

--John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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