Big UFA Signings That Actually Worked Out?

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  1. nbwingsfan

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    We keep hearing about how no one should sign UFAs (or UFA to be) in their late 20s/early 30s to long as they never really work out, even if they were good players before.

    We hear the same examples of Ladd, Lucic, Eriksson, Backes, Kaberle, Abdelkader, Neilsen, Seabrook, Darling, Hanzal, Samsonov, etc.

    But what about ones who actually worked out?

    Chara is an obvious one. As is Marc Savard (before injury). Tavares looks like he will be. Sharp was great for Chicago and so was Hossa.

    What are some others?
     
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    Ed Belfour leafs
     
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    Chara, Boston.

    Tavares, Leafs.

    Marleau, Leafs has been okay too.
     
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    Sutter and Paraise has worked out ok for Minnesota. They’ve at least been a consistent playoff team every single season.
     
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    Sharp was traded to Chicago though?
     
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    Chara is the best one I can think of. He was not only signed as a free-agent, he quickly became one of the best defensemen in the NHL. What a terrible oversight by the Ottawa Senators management group for letting him go.
     
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    Alex Radulov in Dallas. Anton Stralman in Tampa.
     
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    Eric Staal. Gets paid 3.5 million a season and has put up 60-70ish points his first two years and is on pace for another 30 goal and 60 point campaign for the Wild. Great signing.
     
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    tj oshie and matt niskanen
     
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    Suter seemed to have worked well for the Wild. His and Parise's contracts were ridiculous at the time.

    Does Eric Staal counts?
     
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    I’d argue they’d have been better off rebuilding and the Suter/Parise contracts are preventing them from that. While both players are still good, Wild are stuck in mediocrity for a while
     
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    Rebuilding teams don't always succeed. For every Buffalo Sabres, there is an Edmonton Oilers, or Arizona Coyotes. The Wild are doing fine.
     
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    But re-signed with them when he actually became good.
     
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    Wasn’t really a ”big” signing. Should be for many yesrs and a higher percentage of the cap.
    Great signing though.
     
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    Hamhuis to VAN if that counts as big
     
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    They’re really not, like I said they’re stuck in mediocrity for a while, no great prospects (aside from Kaprizov but who knows when he’s coming over, also that Johansson pick still looks terrible) and some big contracts as well. They won’t be a good team for a long time and I say that as someone who really likes the Wild
     
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    Gomez was great for the Rangers and then they flipped him before he declined. That was an outstanding signing.

    It was Drury that was a disaster.
     
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    I can think of many pre-lockout. In the salary cap era, some that come to mind (that haven’t been named) are:

    • Sergei Gonchar (signed 5 year deal with PIT in 2005)
    • Eric Staal (signed 3 year deal with MIN in 2017)
     
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    Gonchar in Ottawa actually ended up working out, even though he was 36 (I think) at the time of the signing.

    And as it's been stated, Chara/Savard pretty much turned the Bruins around in on off-season.
     
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    I would say yes. I should have said notable signings insteead of "big"
     
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    It's actually kinda sad how often this doesn't work out.

    How bout Niskanen? He's been great for the Caps.
     
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    Belfour to Dallas and Brett Hull to Dallas
     
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    Loui Eriksson to Vancouver.
    It worked out very well...


    For Loui
     
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