It is hard to judge a recent signing because you will never know how good a player will be and if he will live up to his expectations of his salary. Therefore, I went back five years and took a look at the good, bad, and ugly free agency signings of the summer of 2009.
Some big names on the market included Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, Brian Gionta, and Jay Bowmeester, but they were signed to relatively reasonable contracts, so lets take a look at some of the more questionable ones.
Remember, this was the offseason after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in a seven-game thriller to win the Stanley Cup.
2008-09 Team: Vancouver Canucks
2009-10 Team: Vancouver Canucks
It was impossible for then-Canucks GM Mike Gillis to not give the Sedins a hefty pay raise to their identical $3.575 million in 2008, but he was able to keep them at a reasonable 5 years, $30.5 million each. Although they struggled last season, one shouldn’t forget that they were crucial components to the Canucks’ 2011 playoff run. They have also each won a Art Ross Trophy since the signing.
2008-09 Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
2009-10 Team: Montreal Canadiens
The offensive defenceman was turning into an under-appreciated journeyman the past couple seasons. However, after the Habs’ star defenseman Andrei Markov got injured, they signed Bergeron to a cheap $750,000 for one year. He proved his value on the team by playing on the powerplay and got a pay raise with the Lightning the next season.
2008-09 Team: Los Angeles Kings
2009-10 Team: New York Islanders
Moulson was a no-name back in 2009 because he played most of the season before in the minors! The late-bloomer signed a chep $575,000 one-year contract with the Islanders and found good chemistry with John Tavares. He just signed a contract last week with Buffalo at $5 million per season.
2008-09 Team: Philadelphia Flyers
2009-10 Team: Washington Capitals
In his late thirties at the time, Knuble knew that he was not going to be getting a deal worth the 47 points he scored the previous season. He signed a 2-year deal worth $2.8 million a year and scored 53 and 40 points, respectively, in those two seasons with the Caps.