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5 Biggest Losers in NHL Free Agency So Far

NHL Free Agency: 5 Biggest Losers So Far

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This year's NHL free agency period has already produced some of the most awful deals ever signed in the league's salary cap era. David Clarkson officially has legitimate competition in the battle for the "worst NHL contract" trophy. Terrible signings have come from nearly every corner of the league, but a number of teams stand out above the rest. Here are the 5 biggest losers of free agency so far.

5. Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings Kyle Quincey
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5. Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings Kyle Quincey
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The Detroit Red Wings, usually a smart and proactive organization, signed Kyle Quincey to a new deal that gives him a higher cap hit and annual salary than Niklas Hjalmarsson. Rather than picking up some useful and helpful new blood to help the team contend in the final years of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk's careers, Detroit has chosen instead to embrace mediocrity -- mediocrity and Kyle Quincey.

4. Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers Benoit Pouliot
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4. Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers Benoit Pouliot
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Benoit Pouliot's career high in points is 36. The rebuilding Edmonton Oilers inexplicably decided that he was the man to throw $ 20 million at. Edmonton isn't in trouble with the salary cap, but this was one of the most nonsensical moves of free agency. Pouliot doesn't even fill a need.

3. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks Ryan Miller
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3. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks Ryan Miller
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The Vancouver Canucks love goaltender controversies more than any other NHL organization, so it wasn't surprising to see them pick up Ryan Miller on Tuesday despite already having a capable starter on the roster in Eddie Lack. Even ignoring the unnecessary drama that the move creates, the Canucks are supposed to be entering a rebuild. Signing Miller will only keep them stuck in no man's land between "Cup contender" and "lottery contender."

2. Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers Dave Bolland
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2. Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers Dave Bolland
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That Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon having an affinity for former Chicago Blackhawks players is no secret. Dave Bolland's five-year contract for $ 27.5 million is an abomination; Bolland isn't worth more than $ 3.5M per year even if he stays healthy, and that's an enormous "if."

1. Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Brooks Orpik
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1. Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Brooks Orpik
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The Washington Capitals will enter next season owing more than $ 11M on the cap to Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. Orpik is a third-pairing defenseman these days, and Niskanen's ideal spot is on a second pairing. It's hard to come up with a free agent scenario more irresponsible and flagrantly ridiculous than what the Capitals have churned out.

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