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NHL Free Agency: 6 Most Overrated Moves of the Summer

Kevin GoffContributor IOctober 20, 2012

NHL Free Agency: 6 Most Overrated Moves of the Summer

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    The NHL offseason is highlighted with the several moves that come around with free agency. 

    Teams throw money at players and occasionally pull off some big trades in order to give their team the best chance at winning the Stanley Cup.

    Some of the moves the teams make cause the entire nation of hockey fans to stand up and take notice.

    Others make fans shrug their shoulders or have even less of a reaction. Here are the six most overrated moves of the summer.

Jordin Tootoo

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    The Detroit Red Wings signed fourth-line pest Jordin Tootoo on the first day of free agency to help add some toughness to their squad.

    While Tootoo definitely adds a little bit more grit, he doesn't really do anything to help their lineup. He occasionally chips in with goals, but he just as frequently makes questionable plays that end up getting him fined or suspended.

    The Red Wings are a team that is centered around discipline and playing a certain way, and I'm not really sure Tootoo is going to help the Red Wings at all in that sense.

    Yes, the team is a bit tougher, but at what cost. This is an incredibly overrated move by the Red Wings.

Jaromir Jagr

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    The Dallas Stars made some headlines when they signed Jaromir Jagr during the free-agent frenzy, but this was a bit of an overrated move.

    First, Jagr is old. He did manage to produce decently for the Flyers, but there is just no denying that his age is bound to catch up with him at some point.

    Second, the fact that the lockout has now stretched on as far as it has and may go even further only makes this move more overrated.

    Dallas isn't going to get their money's worth out of this deal.

Kyle Quincey

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    Sorry Detroit, but the Red Wings really didn't have that great of an offseason—even when it came to re-signing its own players.

    The trade of a first-round pick in February to acquire Kyle Quincey was interesting, and then the contract Detroit gave him was crazy.

    Detroit re-signed Quincey with a two-year deal that was above $7 million.

    For a guy that takes bad penalties, forgets to play physically at times, and gives the puck away in his own zone, this is a crazy contract.

    Very overrated.

Jason Garrison

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    There's no doubting that Jason Garrison had a very good year in 2011-2012, but the contract he signed out in Vancouver was crazy.

    Garrison signed a six-year contract that pays him $4.6 million a season after he put up one productive season.

    To put it in perspective, Garrison has been in the league for three seasons. He has scored a total of 23 goals and 36 assists for 59 career points.

    More than half of his points came in just last season, each of his previous seasons saw very pedestrian outputs.

    This kind of contract makes him seem like he's an old hand at shelling out points from the blue line, and until he proves that is the case, then this contract is incredibly overrated.

Matt Carle

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    Matt Carle was one of the better defenders in what was a pretty shallow market for free-agent defensemen.

    When the Tampa Bay Lightning signed him to a six-year contract worth $33 million, it seemed like they were overrating him just a bit.

    Don't get me wrong, Carle has had good seasons in the last three years, but his $5.5 million cap hit is comparable to that of Duncan Keith.

    Now I don't know about you, but those two guys don't exactly go in the same sentence together, let alone the same pay grade.

    Carle is a good defenseman, but he was greatly overrated with that contract.

Zach Parise

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    There are some things about Zach Parise that are not debatable. 

    He was definitely the prize of this free-agent class and he is definitely a fantastic leader with a lot of skill. Those are not things that are being contested.

    His contract, and go ahead and throw Ryan Suter in on this as well, overrates him an unbelievable amount.

    Let's just do a quick comparison. Last season, Zach Parise had 69 points (31 goals, 38 assists). He got a contract for 13 years at $98 million.

    P.A. Parenteau scored 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists) on a much worse Islanders team. He got a four-year, $16 million contract.

    A difference of two points is apparently enough to earn you an $82 million advantage over another player. 

    Not to mention, Parise went to a team that doesn't play offense. The Wild are a defense first team that doesn't allow for any type of real offensive creativity; just ask Dany Heatley. 

    If P.A. Parenteau came out with the Avalanche and scored more points than Parise, which could have been a real possibility had their been a season, I think fans would have had a reason to be a bit upset.

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