Why 2014 free agents are signing now 

June, 21, 2013

Pavel Datsyuk, Logan Couture, Evgeni Malkin Getty ImagesPavel Datsyuk, Logan Couture and Evgeni Malkin have all locked up extensions.
There's typically an order for how general managers approach the offseason. First, there's a decision made on pending unrestricted free agents, because they are the ones who can leave the soonest. Then come the restricted free agents and arbitration cases. And then attention is turned to seeing whether progress can be made on extending the contract of a key player who still has a year remaining on his deal.

This year has been a bit different.