Constrained by a lower salary cap and higher open-market salary demands, only the savviest NHL general managers were able to look smart this offseason.
A few, however, were able to do so.
Some landed a top-tier free agent for a surprisingly reasonable price. Some snatched up an unheralded player under the radar. Some re-signed one of their own assets just when the situation began to seem desperate. Some acquired a star for the perfect exchange or dealt one of their own at the ideal time.
In the long run, the brilliance of those transactions will begin to be revealed. In the meantime, though, the most intelligent decisions can only be appreciated on paper.
Seven of the smartest moves made in the NHL this offseason are highlighted on the coming slides.
Contract information courtesy of TSN.