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A Ten Year Review Of Free Agency

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

Let’s start at the beginning: August 2005, when the league emerged from a yearlong lockout and teams got their first crack at a new world of free agency.


The 2005 offseason was a strange one. The lockout ended in July, and teams were given the opportunity to use unlimited compliance buyouts to get under the new salary cap. In theory, that should have flooded the market. In reality, teams largely played it cautious.

Best: Scott Niedermayer, Mighty Ducks, $28 million over four years

This one’s not an especially tough call, as Brian Burke and the Ducks nabbed a reigning Norris winner and future Hall of Famer who still had plenty of good years left. (They also had an advantage over other teams in the form of Scott’s brother Rob, who was already on the roster. The two had always wanted to play together.)

Scott Niedermayer posted a career high in points in his first season in Anaheim. When he was joined by Chris Pronger for 2006-07, the dominant duo gave the Ducks the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

Worst: Alexander Mogilny, Devils, $7 million over two years/Vladimir Malakhov, Devils, $7.2 million over two years (tie)

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Interesting article.

A little surprised he can’t pick a best signing from 2011…

It’s gotta be Brian Elliott signing with the Blues for $600k, considering he went on to post 9 shutouts and appear in the All Star game that season.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/16/14 at 01:48 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Bah…product of the system, eh Chris Osgood?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/16/14 at 02:34 PM ET

Bradley97's avatar

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/16/14 at 01:48 PM ET

While I agree with your choice, he did lay out his parameters in his introduction:

A few quick ground rules: First of all, we’re dealing only with players who changed teams; extensions feel like a different category. And we’re focusing on the big-dollar deals here, since we don’t want the “best” category to be overrun with minor deals for players who went on to unexpectedly develop into stars.

Really good article. I also liked his article linked to David Clarkson: Hockey’s Worst Contracts

Posted by Bradley97 on 07/16/14 at 03:45 PM ET

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