Top 10 underrated free agent signings

Tom Collins



Here are the 10 most underrated free agent signings of the past week


With the free agent frenzy just a week behind us, many teams in cap leagues saw their teams rise above the cap by quite a bit.

Someone who owned Dave Bolland, Matt Niskanen and Deryk Engelland, for example, probably saw their cap get destroyed in the last seven days.

But while some of these players are overpaid and overrated, there are plenty of guys who signed for less who aren't getting the recognition they deserve, and can help you immensely.

So here are 10 underrated UFAs who signed deals in the last week.

Keep in mind, this list focuses on guys who were signed on July 1 or later. Also, these are underrated signings, not necessarily best value, so keep that in mind before you ask where Brad Richards is.

As well, some of these free agents hit the market, but stayed with their previous team.


10. Ray Emery

Emery is on this list more because of his opportunity. Although Steve Mason had a comeback year last season, there's no guarantee he can keep up his success. He's had a few bad years previously, and his career looked all but ruined. And although he goes into the season as the Flyers' number one goalie, how long would the team keep starting him if Mason reverts back to the goalie he was a couple of years back. Enter Emery, who at $1 million cap hit, is good enough to keep on your bench. And if Mason does falter, Emery will be the guy to pick up the slack.


9. Martin Havlat

The ultimate Band-Aid boy is finally relevant again in cap leagues. After earning $16 million the last three years and missing 85 games, Havlat finally has a chance to shine again in New Jersey. The best thing is he will be making just $1.5 million, so he's definitely worth the risk. Even if he can't be the point-per-game player he was years ago, if he can stay semi-healthy and get 40 points, he'll be a bargain.


8. Evgeni Nabokov

Nabokov was smart to sign with a team right away — the market is saturated with so many backup goalies looking for work — and he definitely chose the right team and a great cap hit at $1.55 million. The Lightning's number one man,