If discretion is truly the better part of valor, then the Toronto Maple Leafs may be on the right path during the 2014 free-agency period.
The Leafs have not overpaid for any free agents to date, although it is highly debatable whether or not the team is better than they were at the end of the 2013-14 season.
In a recent Toronto Sun article, Brendan Shanahan was quoted as saying:
We were strategic, we had a plan. We targeted certain individuals and got almost all of them...With all due respect to the players who signed for big dollars and big term, we looked at it and decided we didn’t want to be too involved. We said at the draft that it wasn’t our plan. Rosters don’t have to be set on July 1. It’s a bad habit year after year.
With the bulk of the impact signings finished, let's look at the biggest takeaways from the start of free agency.