By Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG)
The Philadelphia Flyers’ acquisition and signing of veteran defenseman Mark Streit has reminded many a commentator of the dangers that free agency poses to overly-aggressive general managers. While the GMs that enjoy the most constant and sustained successes use free agency as a tool with which to plug necessary holes on their rosters, others, to varying degrees, fall into the age-old trap of overpaying marquis free agents and signing players that they don’t need to the detriment of their teams.
Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren isn’t the only manager to fall into the NHL free agency trap, nor is he the worst manager in the league in this regard. That dubious honor falls squarely onto the shoulders of New York Rangers GM Glen Sather. Since the 2007 offseason, Sather has been responsible for most of the worst contracts of the salary cap era. He signed Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Wade Redden, Marian Gaborik, and Brad Richards to overpriced deals in a ...