It seems since the NHL brought in the salary cap in 2005, it seems like the league goes through a pretty consistent process every five or so years. The cap is lowered, teams spend two or three seasons trying to clear out all of their bad contracts, and the second they all do and the cap finally goes up, they waste it all again on even bigger contracts, until the cap is eventually lowered and they repeat the process all over again.
The league has once again reached that point of throwing a lot of money at players, which is incredible considering that just last season teams were in cap crunches. But hey, what’s the point of learning from past mistakes anyways.
It seemed a lot of these big deals were given to defensemen this offseason, as a lot of “big name” blueliners found themselves either being free agents this offseason, or needed an extension for next season. I say big name loosely, as there are a few big names that have value in name only, but we’ll get those.
So, we’re going to take a quick look at these contracts, and see where they stack up to …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation