There are very few things in the NHL that devastate a team like a free-agent flop. An NHL team spends millions of dollars, which represents a big portion of their available cap space and addresses an immediate need. If the free agent doesn't deliver, it can be a disaster management and team.
The downside can come early, the spotlight is on the player who doesn't deliver after signing the big contract. Injury, ineffective play, long periods of adjustment and chemistry all conspire against a smooth transition.
In some cases, the decisions made in free agency can cost tens of millions of dollars. It's early, but here are the 10 most disappointing free-agent signings—so far—from the summer.