When you look at this season's top free agents, those with a cap hit of over $3.5 million, not too may are off to a fast start and among the top scorers in the league. Only Alex Tanguay is actually leading his team in scoring. Six players have not scored a goal yet including a profile free agent Ville Leino who signed 6-year deal with Buffalo. Brad Richards has a modest 3 goals and 7 assists with the Rangers and has yet to ignite Marian Gaborik. Tomas Kaberle who is strictly an offensive defenseman has only 2 assists with Carolina. Ilya Bryzgalov has admitted that he has been brutal.
Several players have begun the season injured such as Tim Connolly with the Leafs and Andrei Markov with Montreal, I guess players are still integrating into the lineup of their new respective teams. An argument against trading for players at the trading deadline. It can take a while. But the pressure having signed a big contract can really affect a player.