When it comes to NHL Free Agency, sometimes the best deal is the one you don’t make. Fans will vent their frustrations when their team is inactive and not signing players. They will be happy in the long run when they realize that their front office hasn’t used up $5 million in valuable cap space on a third line center. The belief that a struggling team can rebuild itself in one fell swoop on July 1st is a myth.
Good teams add depth during free agency and build talent through the draft. Teams that attempt a rebuild on July 1st end up overpaying for aging players past their prime. Every team making a deal on July 1st overpays to some varying degree, but this post will focus on three teams that overpaid by a substantial amount in NHL free agency 2014.