2012 NHL Free Agents: Predicting the 8 Largest Contracts of Free Agency

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2012 NHL Free Agents: Predicting the 8 Largest Contracts of Free Agency
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July 1st is not a day for the frugal.

From noon's opening bell on, 30 general managers from around the NHL will kick off free agency 2012 with a rather cash-laden bang.

Where will Zach Parise land? No one can answer that question yet, but at least one part of the deal is certain: This 27-year-old Minneapolis native will soon have a bank account worthy of multi-millionaire status.

Of course, he'll be joined in that category by a plethora of other early-July signees, all of whom will enter next season with sky-high expectations and copious paychecks.

A liberal prediction of who those 10 players will be—and exactly how much money their profuse salaries will entail—falls on the coming slides.

Note: Contracts ranked by total cash value, not annual cap hit.

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