Each summer, General Managers across the National Hockey League have dreams of their free agent signees exceeding the expectations set in front of them, therefore making them bargains in the eyes of analysts, fans and rival clubs.
For a player to be considered a "bargain," one has to perform at a level that would normally call for a bigger payday than what their contract demands.
Since the league instituted the salary cap prior to the 2005-06 season, teams have become (for the most part) more conservative with their spending, as each dollar spent counts more than ever.
For that reason, bargain-bin players are more useful than ever, as their production often outweighs their salary cap hit.
With that in mind, here are a look at the eight best bargains in the NHL today.