Are big deals the best deals? - LA Kings Insider

We’re one day away from the start of the signing period for unrestricted free agents, a day during which NHL general managers will lavish millions of dollars on players. On the eve of the free-agency period, it’s interesting to note that two of the players who signed the biggest long-term contracts in 2007 — Chris Drury and Sheldon Souray — have now had those deals bought out by their respective teams. Remember the exciting days of 2007, when teams were falling over themselves to lavish money on Drury, Danny Briere and Scott Gomez? I thought it might be interesting to look back to 2007 and 2008, to see how some of those major contracts have turned out thus far, for the teams that inked the deals. In hindsight, how many of these deals would you do now?

Danny Briere, Flyers, 8 years, $52 million — 218 points in 260 games, one Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
Chris Drury, Rangers, 5 years, $25.25 million — 151 points in 264 games, one playoff series win, bought out in 2011.
Scott Gomez, Rangers, 7 years, $51.5 million — 128 points in 158 games, one playoff series win, traded to Canadiens in 2009.
Michal Handzus, Kings, 4 years, $16 million — 135 points in 327 games, zero playoff series wins.
Brian Rafalski, Red Wings, 5 years, $30 million — 204 points in 292 games, one Stanley Cup championship, retired in 2011.
Ryan Smyth, Avalanche, 5 years, $31.25 million — 96 points in 132 games, one playoff series win, traded to Kings in 2009.
Sheldon Souray, Oilers, 5 years, $27 million — 76 points in 144 games, zero playoff appearances, bought out in 2011.

Sean Avery, Stars, 4 years, $15.5 million — 10 points in 23 games, zero playoff appearances, claimed off waivers by Rangers in 2009.
Brian Campbell, 8 years, $56 million — 117 points in 215 games, one Stanley Cup championship, traded to Panthers in 2011.
Pavol Demitra, Canucks, 2 years, $8 million — 69 points in 97 games, one playoff series win.
Marian Hossa, Red Wings, 1 year, $7.45 million — 71 points in 74 games, one Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
Wade Redden, 6 years, $39 million — 40 points in 156 games, zero playoff series wins, in AHL in 2010-11.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.