NHL free agency can be the land of opportunity. It can also be the river of despair.
With general managers tantalized by the prospects of adding NHL-ready talent to fit their respective teams' needs, player agents can dictate term lengths and drive up prices. When all is said and done, winning bidders sometimes end up with an albatross instead of a trophy.
But the game continues because free agency can yield great prizes. As just one example, think about when the Boston Bruins signed Zdeno Chara to a five-year deal in 2006. Nearly a decade later, he's Boston's captain, has a Stanley Cup ring to show for his efforts and is signed to a contract that will take him past his 41st birthday.
Chara and Boston were a good fit. Here's a look at the top 10 signings of 2014 that have the potential to rival the Chara deal.