Reflecting upon the 2013 NHL free agency period is going to be tough for some general managers around the league. The lack of impact players available made this more of a seller's market than ever, with aging veterans and hit-or-miss forwards receiving paychecks that imply (much) greater things.
After day one of free agency, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca wrote that teams had signed 59 different contracts that totaled 105 years of term. The cost?
For a free agency class that was supposed to be among the weakest ever, that seems like a lot of dough. Regardless of who you cheer for, go back and look at the names that were available heading into July 5. Than look back at that $375 million.
This isn't a free agency class that features a Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara or Zach Parise. We're talking about Ryane Clowe and Valtteri Filppula here.
You may be laughing now—ridiculous overspending of this proportion is usually reserved for Michael Bay movies, after all. There are several GMs who will be regretting some of their moves within the next 365 days.