Overpaid players have just become part of the NHL landscape since the salary cap was implemented in 2005. General managers are quick to lock up their own top talent, and they sometimes overspend and over-term to keep certain guys in the fold.
So what makes one player overpaid and another worth the money?
A big part of it is steady performance. Oftentimes a player will have an outstanding year right before their contract expires, and they'll sign on as if those numbers will remain consistent. Sometimes there's a drop off, and sometimes there isn't.
While managers typically take their time when negotiating with their own players, they don't have that same luxury during free agency. It's on those first few days of free agency that GMs and owners just can't help themselves, throwing money and term around like it grows on trees.
It obviously doesn't, and some of these marriages are doomed to fail right from the get go.
The main thing that all these players have in common is that they under-produce for the money that they make.
For the purposes of this slideshow, we're not looking at the cap hit for individual players. Instead, we're examining who is making way too much actual salary for the upcoming season 2013-14 season.
All cap information appears courtesy of Capgeek.com, while all statistical data has been taken from Hockeydb.com.