The Most Eye-Popping Contracts Signed So Far in 2013 NHL Free Agency

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The Most Eye-Popping Contracts Signed So Far in 2013 NHL Free Agency
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As early as it is in the NHL’s free-agent summer signing spree, at least three teams have already made surprisingly lucrative deals with new players as of Saturday evening.

Other signings or re-signings might fit under the heading of “somewhat surprising” or, at the very least, “a little daring.” Those would be the operative terms for Tampa Bay’s five-year deal with Valtteri Filppula for a $5 million cap hit and the Phoenix Coyotes’ six-year extension on Mike Smith, which makes him the priciest player on the roster.

However, one can make a much sturdier case to deem those deals reasonable than, say, the following featured in this slideshow. Only these few signings constitute the truly eye-popping pacts made within the first two calendar days of free agency in 2013.

Each of these contracts involve devoting substantial salary cap space to aging and/or recently injured forwards and, in turn, leaving potentially too little room to fill other needs in the coming campaign.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics and salary information for this report were found via capgeek.com.

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