It's not always going to work out for the best.
When a team makes a long-term financial commitment to a player, it's like a marriage. The player brings his skills to the team, and the team brings its financial wherewithal to the player. It doesn't always work out.
NHL teams have the ability to buy out their biggest mistakes.
Compliance buyouts were negotiated between the NHL and NHL Players Association during last year's lockout. Each team is allowed to buy out two players. Eight teams have exercised those rights, including the New York Islanders who indicated they would begin the compliance buyout process on goalie Rick DiPietro.
The other teams that have bought out players include the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals. Here's a look at the top buyout candidates from the 23 remaining teams.
(All salary and cap figures courtesy of CapGeek.com.)