There is no doubt that the top players in the National Hockey League deserve the big bucks.
Whether it's because of their tremendous skill or their leadership abilities, these players earn the right to be called the best.
However, as much as these players deserve the recognition as well as some compensation, some receive a little more than is deserved.
Some receive large contracts because they are the benefactors of the bidding war that is free agency, while others do so because their agent will not budge in contract negotiations and the owners decide to just give in.
While some deserve a pay decrease, there are other top players that deserve a raise for what they have been able to accomplish.
Compared to those sporting larger contracts, some of the lower-paid players have accomplished more, some even in a quicker amount of time. Their teams have hit the jackpot after signing them and have put a competitive team on the ice without spending a ton on just one player.
This won't last long if their impressive play continues as owners will be forced to pay up when their contracts expire. If they don't then there is a good chance these bargain players will join those that are overpaid due to free agency.
So let's take a look at some of the top players in the NHL and see who is overpaid and who is a bargain.