Calling Bargain, Rip-off or Perfect Deal for Major 2013 NHL Free-Agency Signings

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Calling Bargain, Rip-off or Perfect Deal for Major 2013 NHL Free-Agency Signings
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Teams have few opportunities to really break the bank and do some damage against their cap like they can during NHL free agency. Whenever viewing a particular squad's cap situation, the player that it is being overpaid typically didn't arrive via the farm system.

No, most of the brutally overpaid players in the league arrived as a free agent.

With the cap in place and successful teams doing everything they can to keep their homegrown talent, we're seeing a drastic drop-off in the quality of FAs as the years go by. Now a general manager who is looking to add an impactful player come July needs to open the checkbook a bit wider than he would have had to a decade ago.

Still, some GMs manage to not overreach while still getting their guy.

All cap hit numbers and contract information appears courtesy of Capgeek.com.

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