Five established NHL stars have signed new contracts lasting a full decade or longer this summer. A sprinkling of younger players who could have been free agents by 2013 have instead been locked in for an extended period, but with compensation that has yet to match their skill set or performance.
Two other members of this summer’s free agency class are the centers of mild, yet not-so-negligible risks. One of them has had his career-long employer renew him for two years when one would be more rational while another is seeing teams take a chance by not taking a chance on him.
Based on a combination (in descending order of importance) of length, financial implications and what can be expected from the individual players in question, the 10 new contracts posing the boldest question marks are as follows.