As newly-signed free agents enjoy the offseason and new contracts, it won't be long before NHL training camps open and the expectations that come with their large salaries begin to impact these players.
The pressure on high-paid free agents is extraordinarily high, especially in major, traditional hockey markets such as Toronto, Detroit and Boston. Many of these players who have received lucrative deals will be expected to perform at a high level consistently on teams hoping to make the playoffs and/or contend for the Stanley Cup.
Let's look at the projected stat lines for the top unrestricted free agents of the 2013 class.
Note: This list was made using the signed UFAs with the 10 highest average salaries, excluding players who re-signed with their own team. All signing information via TSN.