Last summer's NHL free-agent feeding frenzy began on July 1. The yearly crapshoot saw some teams overpaying, some getting the players they desired for fair market value and some getting lucky and signing the players they coveted at a discounted rate.
Signing the player is just a small piece of the puzzle. The larger piece is what the team will get in return for that investment.
Will the player they signed never fully gel and just sit on the books, eating up a huge chunk of the team's salary cap? Will the player deliver as expected, appeasing the fans and allowing the general manager to hold onto his job? Or will the free agent shine, delivering far more than his contract was worth and making the GM look like a genius?
What follows are the players that fit into the latter category, players that were signed at a discounted rate and are delivering the goods.