Projecting Roles for the Top NHL Free Agents Who Switched Teams This Summer

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Projecting Roles for the Top NHL Free Agents Who Switched Teams This Summer
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Valtteri Filppula (background) will no longer be wearing the distinctive winged wheel, but Daniel Alfredsson (foreground) will be filling a Detroit vacancy.

Salary cap be darned, 11 members of the NHL’s 2013 free-agent class―whether their contracts expired or were bought out―have found new employment for next season at a cap hit exceeding $4 million.

With the maximum limit on the cap slimming down to $64.3 million in 2013-14, it is all the more imperative that these players turn in a performance to match their price. Either that, or, if they do not generate a radiant individual output on the scoresheet, their presence must at least  translate to a visible improvement in the team’s success.

In ascending order of the cap hits on their new contract, here is a look at the 11 highest-grossing free agents through July 13 and how their new teams will most likely try to make their cap hits pay off.

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

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