THE FIVE BEST LONG-TERM DEALS:

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (Total contract: 8 years, $56 million):
When you consider Phaneuf’s eight-year extension and what Matt Niskanen got as a free agent, this looks like a huge steal for the Kings. Doughty is the most complete defenceman in hockey and has already won two Stanley Cups at age 24. He still has five more seasons on his contract and he will just be right around the peak years of his career by the time his deal ends.


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