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The NHL’s top 10 “free agent flops,” according to The Hockey News

Nov 16, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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It might be a bit early for something like this; however, since we all like lists, and we all like pointing out the failings of others even more, this list of the top 10 “free agent flops”, courtesy Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, is worth a read.

Proteau’s number-one UFA flop is no surprise – Buffalo’s Ville Leino.

Sabres owner Terry Pegula was one of the most aggressive players in unrestricted free agency, but it appears he and GM Darcy Regier were overly aggressive in signing the 28-year-old Leino to a six-year, $27-million deal. In return, Leino has flopped badly to begin his Buffalo career, with just two goals and four points in 17 games. That’s a nine-goal, 18-point pace – and at $4.5 million this season, that’s also incredibly awful.

Can’t say I have a serious problem with any of the 10 choices, though I’m not sure anyone expected much of Marty Reasoner (No. 10) when he signed with the Islanders.

I might’ve switched Reasoner for Kevin Bieksa. The Canucks defenseman has had a frustrating start to the season after signing a five-year, $23-million deal in June.

Ed Jovanovski deserves a mention, too. Florida signed the veteran blueliner to a four-year, $16.5-million deal on July 1 and hasn’t received much of a return on its investment.

If Steve Montador hadn’t scored twice for the Blackhawks on Sunday, he’d be another candidate.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    That’s why people need to look past numbers and actually watch the game. Leino’s production was more testament of the chemistry he had with Danny B and Harts. Buffalo was desperate. The contract says it all.

    • buffalotears - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

      You are probably right. A GM that has been in the game a longgg time probably watched no video at all, and made the decision purely on numbers.

  2. crankyfrankie - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I think it is premature to label anyone a bust this early in the season.

  3. ballsohardu - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Agreed, sabres are off to a slow start.. Too early in the season

  4. bigbear42 - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Hamrlik shouldnt be put on this list because the Caps arent really expecting him to put up points. He was brought in to be paired with Mike Green and be a stay at home defenseman so Green can go do his thing

  5. nhlbruins90 - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Anyone watching the B’s Cup run last year must have wondered what the Canes were thinking in signing Kaberle. Did they know something we didn’t? Apparently not.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:15 AM

      I was cheering for the Bruins in exactly one series – against the hideously boring trap-patrol Lightning – and despite this, I repeatedly found myself watching Boston on the power play against a team I wanted to beat them yelling “SHOOT THE FUCKING PUCK, KABERLE! DO IT ONCE, IT GETS EASIER AFTER.” at the television. I swear to God, when you’re so aggravating you have fans of the other team begging you to score and get the passing play nonsense over with… hoy.

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