1. Jason Garrison – With one good year under his belt in Florida, the Canucks signed Garrison to a 6 year, $27M deal. It wasn’t the worst contract ever signed, but the Canucks have put themselves in a deep cap hole and $4.6M to a one year wonder didn’t help that situation.
2. Filip Kuba – Kuba’s track record of performing well in contract years continued, and Florida gave him the security of a 2 year deal, with a $4M average salary. He is in the process of being bought out after just one horrible year.
3. Jiri Hudler – The Flames gambled on the talented yet underachieving winger, thinking that with prime minutes they could get more out of Hudler. Well, 4 years and $16M is what they threw at him, and he still responded with a PPG average of just over .65.
The word is still out on Parise and Suter in Minnesota. Big contracts but at least Suter was a Norris nominee.