NHL Free Agent Signings 2012: Recapping the Worst Deals Thus Far

July 3rd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
NHL free agency is an exciting time for fans to see their teams get better for next season, but several teams this summer, such as the Calgary Flames, have given out poor contracts that will hurt them moving forward.

Being aggressive in free agency is a fantastic strategy, but overpaying for players can be a costly mistake.

Let's look at the four worst signings of free agency thus far.


Calgary Flames: Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman

Many Calgary Flames fans want the team to start rebuilding, but the contracts that general manager Jay Feaster has given out in free agency thus far prove the franchise isn't ready to head in that direction yet.

The Flames signed center Jiri Hudler to a four-year, $16 million contract on Monday, which was a terrible move. Hudler has only scored more than 15 goals in a season twice in his five years as an NHL player. He's also scored more than 50 points in a season just once.

The Flames are now the second closest team to the salary cap, per Capgeek, and have several players with contracts that are very unattractive on the trade market if they struggle durin ...

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