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5 Worst NHL Contracts Given Out This Offseason

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5 Worst Contracts Given Out This Summer

Dave Bolland
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It’s been a month since NHL Free Agency began, and some of the laughable deals given out by teams look even more ridiculous now than they did then. These deals will hamper the teams that signed them and look worse and worse as next season wears on. In almost every case the laughing won’t stop this year, because the players were signed for longer than they should have been.

5. John Scott to the San Jose Sharks

John Scott
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5. John Scott to the San Jose Sharks

John Scott
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While Scott didn’t get a lot of money or years, his presence on a team in the NHL makes no sense. For a team like the San Jose Sharks that embarrassed itself in the playoffs, it one upped that in signing the big goon. Scott isn’t a hockey player, and therefore he shouldn’t be paid as one.

4. Willie Mitchell to the Florida Panthers

Willie Mitchell
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4. Willie Mitchell to the Florida Panthers

Willie Mitchell
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Mitchell has played the game the right way for a long time, and nowhere has that been more apparent than during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings winning two Stanley Cups in L.A. The Florida Panthers gave the aging defenseman over $ 4 million per year for the next two years. That kind of money and term for a player like Mitchell is why the Panthers are stuck in their never ending quagmire.

3. Ryan Miller to the Vancouver Canucks

St. Louis Blues Ryan Miller Choke Job Buffalo Sabres
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3. Ryan Miller to the Vancouver Canucks

St. Louis Blues Ryan Miller Choke Job Buffalo Sabres
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Miller will improve the Canucks’ goaltending woes, but the question is why bother? The team is mediocre and would be better off simply tanking the season and getting a high pick in the historically deep 2015 NHL Draft. Adding a 34-year-old goalie to a multi-year deal is laughable at the very best.

2. Brooks Orpik to the Washington Capitals

Brooks Orpik
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2. Brooks Orpik to the Washington Capitals

Brooks Orpik
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The former Boston College Eagle has gotten slower in recent years, and this past season it was painful to watch. Orpik was abysmal during the NHL season and god awfully atrocious at the Olympics. The fact the Washington Capitals gave the 33-year-old five years at over $ 5 million per season is mind boggling. When opposing forwards are skating past Orpik and peppering the Caps’ young goalies with scoring chances, this deal will look even worse.

1. Dave Bolland to the Florida Panthers

Bolland
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1. Dave Bolland to the Florida Panthers

Bolland
John E. Sokolowski-USA Today Sports

Bolland’s deal with the Panthers is the benchmark by which all bad contracts will forever be judged. $ 5.5 million for a forward who’s never had 50 points in a season is the definition of laughable. Bolland should enjoy his two Stanley Cup rings, because he’ll never come close to that glory in Florida -- partially because the team gives out deals like his.