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The five best value free agent signings in the NHL this summer

Brian Campbell is back with the Blackhawks, and signed for well below what some expected him to get on the free agent market this summer. Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty Images

What can GMs find in the free-agent market for $2 million? Normally those kinds of low-cost contracts are reserved for depth players and/or those on entry-level contracts, but the NHL's shrewdest front offices can gain a competitive advantage by securing key talent for the same price.

Examining more than 100 new contracts that carry a cap hit of $2 million or less, and setting aside restricted free agents, contract extensions and those on entry-level contracts, the five best value signings of the summer were identified by projecting each player's performance, and considering how well they addressed the team's needs.

Here they are, in alphabetical order.