Every summer, teams shell out millions of dollars to players on the market, and while doing so certainly has the potential to be rewarding, there are plenty of risks involved.
These acquisitions can have one of many different effects on teams. They can turn a good a team into a great one, and a contender into a total flop.
Such a transaction can either become an excellent deal or an expensive headache.
The key is to identify the player that best embodies a franchise's style of hockey. If your team is comprised of strong skaters, a slower forward may not perform well, and if it's made up of gritty, two-way players, a one-dimensional offensive dynamo doesn't make sense, no matter how good he was until that point.