NHL Free Agents 2012: 3 Teams Guaranteed to Overpay for Offense

July 3rd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Even when the free-agent class isn't as strong as teams would like, the general managers looking for offense rarely shy away from overpaying players to increase their scoring depth.

We have seen this already with the contracts given to Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman, both of whom signed with the Calgary Flames.

Let's look at three teams likely to overpay for offense as free agency moves forward.


Florida Panthers

After losing defenseman Jason Garrison to the Vancouver Canucks in free agency, the Panthers have some work to do if they want to make the playoffs in back-to-back years.

Garrison's 16 goals from last year will be tough to replace on the blue line, so general manager Dale Tallon might look at adding a forward for some more offense. Alexander Semin would be a nice fit with the Panthers, but he might be too expensive for Florida.

Whether the Panthers target an offensive defenseman or a forward for more goalscoring, they must make some kind of move, because winning the division with a 2.4 goals-per-game average (27th in NHL) likely won't happen again.


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