Discussion in 'National Hockey League Talk' started by nbwingsfan, Dec 6, 2018.
There are lots. Michael Ryder was a big fish in his time. 3 years, $4m to Boston and was huge in the playoffs.
He was also pretty good for Dallas as a UFA afterwards.
Another solid one was Ribeiro for Dallas. Not a superstar but he earned his paycheque there.
Hamhuis was a good one for Vancouver
Going back a few more years, Selanne was a great one for Anaheim.
to take it a step further, that entire offseason was absurd.
Marty St. Louis was picked up as a UFA for the Lightning. Then he won 2 Art Ross trophies, a Hart, a Pearson, and a ton of PPG+ seasons, ending in the HHOF (as well as being a key part of a Cup win to boot).
True, but he wasnt considered a very notable signing back then was he? Marchessault was also a no-name signing by Florida that ended great (for vegas...)
Or Florida Panthers. Or New York Islanders.
Kovalchuk to New Jersey worked out well for New Jersey IMO. Without him that team never makes it close to the finals. His retirement resulted in a pretty irrelevant cap hit compared to the impact that his decline over the next ~10 years would have had.
Sharp was a trade acquisition for the Blackhawks, not a UFA signing.
Could have been better off. Maybe not. Trying to make consecutive trips to the top of the draft starting in 2013 could've netted us Drouin/Lindholm, Bennett/Dal Colle, Strome and Puljujarvi just as easy as MacKinnon/Barkov, Draisaitl, McDavid/Eichel and Matthews/Laine.
As already explained, he was signed as a UFA to be (refer to OP) once he was actually a good player.
Finally, i cant believe it took second page for this to be mentioned
Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi for the Kings.
Ribeiro was traded to Dallas for Janne Niinamaa.
Sundin with Vancouver?
Also mentioned in OP...
Niskanen and Orpik
That one did work out for them though, both of the Sedins and Kesler cited him as big influence in their progressing as players. The three of them all went on to reach huge highs after that.
The big three after dead puck era and no-one is even close to them.
To the OP no one should consider Seabrook a UFA signing since he never even reached UFA status
He was an extension a season before even reaching UFA
Hossa on other hand was a big star UFA that worked out and it could be argued Campbell was essential for Hawks gaining credibility back with FA's the summer before
+ Campbell did play big part in 2010 cup win
But, has their production warranted the money they were given?
The only UFA, during the salary cap era, who was worth the money was Chara. The rest were grossly overpaid for what they produced. The players who are actually worth that kind of money never become UFA's until they are way past their prime as their teams lock them up beforehand.
Gomez was great? I guess we have different understanding of the meaning of the word "great" and how it applies to hockey players.
Ye he has been fantastic in Minnesota and has easily played like he was worth twice as much in todays market.
He didnt get more because he was absolutely awful in the months he played in NY and was very average in Carolina that year before he got traded to NY.
He suddenly turned around and became the old Eric Staal who we all have seen before. Weird how he dropped off that much in a couple years and had a good first season in Minnesota and scored 42 goals and 76 points at the age of 33 in his second season. Looked like he was declining very fast but then just became very good again... Impressive
Gaborik was a good signing for NYR
Since when did the Sabres become a success story?
The Leafs can be used as an example of a successful rebuild, not Buffalo.
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