Looking Back at the Fantasy Impact of the 2010 Free Agency Frenzy

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The best fantasy hockey signings from the 2010 summer….


Every year fantasy hockey poolies pay very close attention to the movement on July 1st (and July 5th this season). Big names change teams all over the league. This not only has a significant impact on the production of these players, but on their former and future teammates, as well.

With that being said, let's look back at some of the best fantasy hockey signings from the past few years. Not all of them were among the best players available in their respective free agency class – finding the right fit is often just as important as overall talent. A change of scenery, more ice time, less competition, a better team, a different coach – these are just some of the factors that can impact the production of a player.



Sergei Gonchar from Pittsburgh to Ottawa

(Analysis on the signing from back in 2010)

At the time, many thought the Senators were bringing in a soon-to-be-washed up veteran. Pittsburgh didn't want to pay Gonchar $5 million, and they were content with Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang as their offensive defensemen.

Gonchar proved his doubters wrong, putting in three strong seasons with the Senators. He is now signed up for two more years in Dallas.

The lesson here: don't write off veteran players just because they are old. Those who stay in shape and maintain their passion for the game can play at an elite level for a long time. And I found the forum post from back in 2010, too.