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5 Worst Signings of the First Day of NHL Free Agency

NHL Free Agency: 5 Worst Signings of the First Day

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The first day of the NHL free agency signing period is one of the most exciting times of the year in the hockey world. It is also known as the day in which teams tend to make the most blatantly ridiculous decisions of the year. Here are the five worst signings of the first day of free agency.

5. Vancouver Canucks Sign Ryan Miller

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5. Vancouver Canucks Sign Ryan Miller

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The Canucks decided to continue their trend of laughable mismanagement at the goaltending position, signing Ryan Miller for $ 18M over three years despite having a quality young starter already on the roster in Eddie Lack.

4. Anaheim Ducks Sign Clayton Stoner

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4. Anaheim Ducks Sign Clayton Stoner

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The Ducks handed Stoner a four-year contract worth $ 13 million. The deal doesn't make very much sense; there are scores of defensemen available who are as good or better than Stoner, and many of them would have come at a cheaper price. This contract comically resembles the infamous Toronto Maple Leafs/Jeff Finger situation from a number of years ago.

3. Edmonton Oilers Sign Benoit Pouliot

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3. Edmonton Oilers Sign Benoit Pouliot

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Pouliot is 27 and put up his career high in points (36) this past year. He has never topped 16 goals in an NHL season. The perpetually underachieving Oilers inexplicably decided to throw five years and $ 20 million at him.

2. Florida Panthers Sign Dave Bolland

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2. Florida Panthers Sign Dave Bolland

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It was rumored prior to July 1 that Florida GM Dale Tallon was planning on offering Dave Bolland a five-year deal worth at least $ 5M annually, but the rumor sounded too absurd to actually believe. Naturally, then, it turned out to be true; Bolland will be a Panther for the next half-decade and will carry a cap hit of $ 5.5M per year. This immediately rivals the David Clarkson deal as the worst contract in hockey.

1. Washington Capitals Sign Brooks Orpik

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1. Washington Capitals Sign Brooks Orpik

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That Brooks Orpik has declined badly isn't exactly a secret around the NHL. His level of play last season was that of a mediocre third-pairing defenseman, and that might be generous. In one of the most brutal free agency deals in recent memory, the Washington Capitals blithely ignored the warning signs and will now have Orpik on the books at $ 5.5M for each of the next five seasons.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.