We've seen this type of story many times before. It's actually one of the most common ones that develops over an NHL offseason. A once productive player that's coming off a couple of down years signs with a team desperate for offense for hoping to come away with a bounce back performance that sees the player return to glory.

Sometimes it works, many times it doesn't.

One of the more intriguing examples this summer was the New York Islanders signing forward Brad Boyes to a one-year, $1 million contract.