Big UFA Signings That Actually Worked Out?

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  1. FrozenJagrt

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    Rafalski to Detroit was pretty good. Speaking of, there have been some solid undrafted players signed as free agents. Along with Rafalski, Belfour was a really good grab out of college.

    Paul Kariya was a good pickup for the Preds.
     
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    Marleau's contract is bad and his play this year has been meh. Tavares it's too soon to tell.

    Chara, OTOH, is the epitome of a great free-agent signing.
     
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    As already explained, this is also including UFAs to be. Abdelkader didn't make it to UFA either because Detroit decided to sign him for eternity before he made it to UFA. Still an awful contract.
     
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    Green was a UFA signing for Detroit, right? If so, I think that's been a relatively good one for them.
     
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    It was a brief stint but Rob Blake was great with the Sharks
     
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    Skimmed through the thread and didn't see Yandle mentioned. Good signing.
     
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    Ribeiro wasn't a UFA signing for Dallas but a trade of the great Janne Niinimaa for him.

    Edit - Saw someone else already mentioned it
     
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    Rafalski, Hossa, and Green all worked out well for us.
     
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    Clarke MacArthur was Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson UFA replacement minutes after he signed with Detroit.

    Until concussions ended his career, he was tremendous all around on the ice and in the room.
     
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    Gary Roberts worked out a lot especially later in his career. He was also pretty big and signed as an UFA with Toronto.
     
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    He broke his career highs in every category with the Rangers. What would you consider high expectations?
     
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    Roberts, Newendyk...Leafs
     
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    I guess it depends on how you define "worked out."
     
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    No cups for Chicago without Hossa, even if they are paying for it now he was worth every penny for those championship runs.
     
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    The only problem with Parise has been his ability to stay on the ice.

    Parise was brought to MN to put pucks in the net, and since he's signed he scored 25 goals (or paced for it in lockout/back surgery seasons) every season but one (when he was struggling with his back and recurring bouts of strep throat).

    Most teams who regret their UFA signings, regret it because the players become liabilities on the ice. That hasn't happened (yet) with Parise, and as we sit today he's on pace to score 40 this year. It'll be really interesting to see how many more season's getting his back fixed buys him.
     
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    I don't see how Suter hasn't been worth the money

    ...I probably should have continued reading before responding though
     
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    If we are talking about guys that actually led to team success...

    Chara
    Hossa

    Those two stand alone really as very impactful core stars that were UFA
     
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    Ville Leino for the Sabres. He actually made me miss Ales Kotalik :laugh:
     
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    Bruins actually have a few -
    Chara
    Savard
    Ryder
    Wheeler
    Krug
     
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    I think OP asked for proven UFAs in their late 20s/early 30s rather that guys like Wheeler/Krug who were in their early 20s who still had to sign ELCs. Not a ton of risk in ELCs, but certainly more risky to give a big multiyear deal to somebody who's over 30.
     
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    Hamhuis was the best ufa signing we had in the last 15 years i say. Great cap, term lasted right through his prime, and was crucial in our 2011 run. I still wish he would have stayed instead of vancouver media in typical fashion driving him out.
     
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    Met or exceeded expectations of the contract.
     

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