Donald Brashear: Worst value of the 2009-10 season?


brashearbadcontract.jpgIn the previous post, I took a look at the players who were the best bargains during the 2009-10 season. It’s important to note that the study only took into account points per dollar earned, so subjective factors like “hustle” as well as other important numbers (like time on ice) weren’t part of the experiment.

Of course, we can’t just be super-positive, right? To look at the other side of the equation, I decided to see which players were the worst values in the league. To try to limit the impact of injuries, I decided to make the minimum amount of games played 30. Here’s the bottom 10 values in the NHL according to those standards. (Source:

Again, I know that points aren’t everything, but it’s still an interesting exercise.

1. Donald Brashear – Rangers – $1.4 million per point (1 in 36 GP)
2. Mike Komisarek – Toronto – $1.125 million per point (4 in 34 GP)
3. Brendan Witt – NYI – $600k per point (5 in 42 GP)
4. Cory Sarich – Calgary – $600 K (6 in 57 GP)
5. David Koci – Colorado – $575 K (1 in 43 GP)
6. Brad May – Detroit – $500k (1 in 40 GP)
7. Wade Redden – Rangers – $464,286 (14 in 75 GP)
8. Sheldon Souray – Edmonton – $415,385 (13 in 37 GP)
9. Darcy Hordichuk – Vancouver – $387,500 (2 in 56 GP)
10. Jeff Finger – Toronto – $350k (10 in 39 GP)

Now, this list is flooded by defensemen (who naturally score less often than forwards) as well as goons/tough guys (who are their to throw knuckles, not pucks on the net). Still, it’s kind of funny that the Maple Leafs and Rangers feature two entries in the bottom 10.

To be fair to the blueliners, here’s a list of the bottom 5 forwards. I’m going to start the list after Brashear, Koci, May and Hordichuk, so maybe it’s more like the bottom 5-9.

5. Wade Belak – Nashville – $325K per point (2 in 39 GP)
6. Scott Walker – Washington – $312,500 (8 in 42 GP)
7. Fernando Pisani – Edmonton – $312,500 (8 in 40 GP)
8. Fredrik Modin – LA – $295,455 (11 in 44 GP)
9. Jay Pandolfo – NJ – $277,778 (9 in 52 GP)

The names that stand out the most are Pisani and Modin. Those two players don’t – or at least aren’t intended to – play as much of a checking role as the other forwards in the lower levels of value.

Other players who stand out as bad values include Chris Drury ($220,313 per point) and Jonathan Cheechoo ($214,286). When you consider expectations and overall salary, those two players are probably the worst values in the NHL. My vote goes to Drury, even if he seems like a solid human being and all.

After years of hype, McDavid to play first NHL game

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The hype surrounding Connor McDavid couldn’t be much greater, but finally expectations will start to give way to results.

The NHL career that’s been talked about for years will begin tonight when his Edmonton Oilers face St. Louis.

“It’s something that you dream of for so long,” McDavid told “The draft is one thing, but to finally be in this situation is another, so I’m really excited. It’s been a long road; it’s been a lot of hard work. I think a lot of guys’ stories are different in how they get here, but the one common theme is hard work and my story is not any different that way.”

McDavid has transformed the Oilers with his mere presence. Its breathed fresh optimism into a city that have watched this team struggle in its efforts to dig out of the NHL basement. One also has to wonder if Peter Chiarelli would be the team’s new general manager and Todd McLellan its new head coach if Edmonton hadn’t won the draft lottery.

But where will he lead Edmonton? Will he be just the sixth 70-point rookie of the salary cap era? Will he struggle out of the gate, putting the hype into question? Perhaps he’ll draw comparisons to Steven Stamkos, who had a modest rookie campaign by the standards of a highly regarded top pick, but has nevertheless gone on to become a superstar.

That would surprise Stamkos as the Lightning captain feels McDavid is better than he is currently. Just further proof that those lofty expectations are coming from all sides.

“You don’t want to put too much weight on his shoulders; he’s an 18-year-old kid,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “I don’t care how good he is or how good he’ll be, it’s a lot to shoulder if you’re supposed to be the guy and you’re the only guy. Fortunately we have a lot of high-pedigree players that are high picks who have gone through similar situations that he’s going through.”

Edmonton certainly has no shortage of first overall picks, but none as highly regarded as McDavid. But then, few ever are.

Related: There’s ‘a real positive vibe’ in Buffalo, where Eichel will make NHL debut tonight

There’s ‘a real positive vibe’ in Buffalo, where Eichel will make NHL debut tonight

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Jack Eichel didn’t disappoint in the preseason, finishing with six points in four games, including two shorthanded goals.

Tonight in Buffalo, his NHL career will start for real when the Sabres host the Ottawa Senators in regular-season action.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, stepping foot on that ice and making the NHL,” Eichel said, per “It’s kind of been a whirlwind, but you’re finally playing hockey for a living and everything you’ve done your whole life is to get to this point. It’s pretty special.”

The 18-year-old’s debut was front-page news this morning in Buffalo, where the Sabres have been among the NHL’s worst teams since last making the playoffs in 2010-11.

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Granted, even with the additions of Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Cody Franson, expectations for 2015-16 remain modest for the new-look Sabres. Certainly, a spot in the playoffs would count as a surprise.

But for the fans of a team that’s barely possessed the puck the past couple of years, it’s night and day.

“People are excited,” GM Tim Murray said earlier this week. “It’s great. They think we’ve improved, and there’s a real positive vibe, I believe.

“That’s what I said to our coaches, ‘I want everybody to be positive. I’m the only guy in the organization allowed to be negative.’ That’s the way I wanted it. If I’m the most negative guy in the city about the team, that’s pretty good.”