Grades for Top NHL Free-Agent Signings from the 2013 Offseason After 1 Year

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Grades for Top NHL Free-Agent Signings from the 2013 Offseason After 1 Year
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If you're an NHL fan who's hoping for a star turn from your team's newly-signed unrestricted free agent, you might want to temper your expectations.

Not every free-agent deal turns out badly: Witness the Boston Bruins' signing of Zdeno Chara to a five-year, $37.5 million deal in 2006. Boston won the 2011 Stanley Cup, and Chara's still the captain almost a decade later.

But you don't have to look far to find albatrosses that hung around teams' necks for years: Scott Gomez's $51.5 million deal with the New York Rangers in 2007 is a prime example.

Even the 2012-13 NHL lockout may not have done much to temper general managers' desires to go for broke in free agency—despite the often-disappointing results.

One year later, here's a look at how the top signings of 2013 have fared with their new teams.

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