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

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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: Capgeek.com)

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.

Game on: Penguins even series with rival Capitals

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will head back home with a split of their second-round series with the rival Washington Capitals.

Former Capitals forward Eric Fehr came back to burn his hold team, as he scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation to help lift the Penguins over Washington with a 2-1 victory in an eventful Game 2 on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin threw the puck toward the net and Fehr was able to re-direct it by Braden Holtby.

Oh, this was an eventful game, indeed.

It started early in the first period with Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik catching Penguins blue liner Olli Maatta with a late and high hit that warranted — at least for now — only a minor penalty for interference. Maatta, clearly in distress following the hit, didn’t play another shift and saw only 31 seconds of ice time in total, as Pittsburgh was reduced to five defensemen for the remainder of the game.

It continued in the third period. Kris Letang was furious after getting called for a trip on Justin Williams, and even more ticked off when the Capitals tied the game on the ensuing power play.

For two periods, the Capitals couldn’t get much going. Only four of their players had registered a shot on goal through 40 minutes, while the Penguins held the edge in that department and held the lead.

Washington came out with more jump in the third period, testing rookie netminder Matt Murray with 14 shots in the final 20 minutes. But the Penguins got the late goal to break the deadlock.

Video: Penguins’ Letang was furious after Capitals tie up Game 2 with power play goal

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Kris Letang watched from the penalty box as the Washington Capitals tied up Game 2 with a power play goal in the third period. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman was called for tripping after he appeared to muscle Justin Williams off the puck as he entered the zone.

Letang let his disagreement with the call be known at the time, and was furious after the Capitals capitalized on a goal from Marcus Johansson.

The Capitals started the period down a goal and being outshot 28-10 by the Penguins, who need a win to even the series.

Also, it seems this is worth mentioning:

Video: Hagelin goes top shelf to give Penguins the lead in Game 2

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In their quest to even the series, the Pittsburgh Penguins had done a nice job through two periods of suffocating the Washington Capitals, while gaining the lead on a beautiful goal.

Carl Hagelin took advantage of a vast amount of space that opened up in front of the Washington net, finishing off a nice pass from Nick Bonino, burying his shot just under the cross bar on the glove side of Braden Holtby.

Through two periods, the Penguins were outshooting Washington 28-10. Only four Capitals players — Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen — had registered shots on goal.

Video: Orpik penalized after catching Maatta with late, high hit

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The Pittsburgh Penguins were without defenseman Olli Maatta for most of the first period of Game 2 after he was on the receiving end of a high, late hit from Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik.

The hit occurred early in the first period, well after Maatta had gotten rid of the puck on a rush into the Washington zone.

Maatta, who nearly fell over as he tried to stand back up, was in obvious distress as he went to the dressing room. Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference on the play.