NHL Free Agency: Worst Long-Term Contracts of the Last 10 Years

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NHL Free Agency:  Worst Long-Term Contracts of the Last 10 Years
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In baseball, it is Barry Zito; in basketball, it is Rashard Lewis; and in football, there are several.  However, when it comes to the worst long-term contract in hockey, the sport tends to go unnoticed.  The average sports fan does not know who owns the worst contract in the NHL, but they know that the San Francisco Giants' urge to splurge on a loopy lefty with a fastball that will not eclipse 90 MPH on the gun was a terrible idea.

The fact is there are several atrocious contracts in the NHL.  The trend these days is the long-term contract.

We all know about Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey, but how about Rick Dipietro's contract until 2021, or Christian Ehrhoff's recent 10-year singing with Buffalo?

It seems to be the new fad in the NHL, and teams are going with it.

This could just be the start for the NHL, but in the NBA, the news is that they seem to be ixnaying any thought of that.

Either way, players want what they want and teams will pay whatever they can to lock up a good player for a very long time.

Whether that strategy works or not is a crazy gamble.

For the sake of this article, the cut off for "long-term" deals is at five years.

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