5 Worst NHL Free Agent Deals So Far

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - APRIL 20: Tyler Myers #57 of the Winnipeg Jets warms up prior to Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild on April 20, 2018 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
Minnesota Wild v Winnipeg Jets - Game Five | Jason Halstead/Getty Images

NHL Free Agency is taking the entire continent by storm. The Canada Day tradition continues, as franchises look to score a player they deem good enough to make an immediate impact.

While signings like Artemi Panarin to the New York Rangers and Sergei Bobrovsky to the Florida Panthers were strong, there were some duds on the market.

Here are five of the worst NHL free agent deals so far.

5. Cam Talbot, G, Flames

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 06: A shot flies past Cam Talbot #33 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on March 06, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Flyers 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Calgary Flames chances at the Stanley Cup have been hindered by shoddy goaltending. The Mike Smith signing proved to be an unideal pairing, and now, the Flames bring in Cam Talbot on a one-year, $2.75 million deal. This past season, Talbot recorded a .892 save percentage and 3.40 goals-allowed average during split time with the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers. Talbot won't make a $2.75 million impact in Calgary, especially when sitting behind David Rittich.

4. Mike Smith, G, Oilers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 18:  Mike Smith #41 of the Calgary Flames skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Calgary Flames v Philadelphia Flyers | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Now, we move on to Mike Smith. Like the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers have long been hampered by goaltending issues. Smith has earned contract after contract, and never lived up to the hype and money. Now, he signs for $2 million with an Oilers team that has had trouble defending the opposition. The odds of Smith succeeding in Edmonton are rather low, considering the makeup of the team.

3. Brandon Tanev, W, Penguins

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 24:  Brandon Tanev #13 of the Winnipeg Jets during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Jets 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Winnipeg Jets v Arizona Coyotes | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved on from Phil Kessel and welcomed winger Brandon Tanev with open arms. This past season with the Winnipeg Jets, Tanev tallied a career-high 29 points through 80 games. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford rewarded him with a six-year, $21 million contract. The deal doesn't make sense for Pittsburgh, and are now locked in with Tanev for the next six seasons.

2. Ron Hainsey, D, Senators

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 23: Ron Hainsey #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs reacts during the first period Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Seven | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

As if the past year-plus hasn't been evidence enough, the Ottawa Senators are a rebuilding team. After missing out on the chance to reunite with Erik Karlsson, the Sens addressed their void on defense by signing 38-year-old defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. While he did have a stronger year this past season with the Toronto Maple Leafs than in the season prior, throwing that much money at Hainsey will do Ottawa no favors.

1. Tyler Myers, D, Canucks

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 20: Tyler Myers #57 of the Winnipeg Jets plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Winnipeg Jets v Colorado Avalanche | Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks have built a reputation on making risky deals with free agents. This year, the Canucks signed former Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers to a five-year, $30 million deal. The thing is, Myers hasn't lived up to the hype following his Calder Trophy-winning rookie season. He's never exceeded his rookie season point total (48), and is a liability in the defensive zone, which is a trait you don't want your now second-line defenseman to have.