2011 NHL Free Agency: 4 Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Team

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2011 NHL Free Agency: 4 Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Team
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Ville Leino

Some of the big names have already been signed to long-term contracts, including the coveted gem Brad Richards. The July 1st Free Agency Frenzy has passed us by, and we are left to try and pick up the pieces of all the signings from this offseason. Many teams overpay for familiar names in an effort to excite their fan bases about the potential for a Stanley Cup run. Of course, there is always the overpayment of players based on career success, but there is also the overestimation of the value of a player based on the past season (especially the playoffs). I have compiled a list of common mistakes and the signings which most accurately reflect the nature of those mistakes.

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