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.

Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning

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Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

Lightning’s first fight this season: Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo

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Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.

Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.

It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.

Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.

Oilers GM doesn’t want to force a trade for the sake of a trade

Peter Chiarelli

It must be a helpless feeling to sit idly by while your team continues to flail, but such emotions are what opposing GMs love to prey on.

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t been around through much of the suffering for this hapless franchise, yet that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the calls for improvement. To his credit, he’s not buckling under that pressure.

You can see and hear his full comments below:

If you don’t feel like playing the video, the message is simple enough.

Chiarelli isn’t happy with Edmonton’s record – he hasn’t “seen progression” in ways that he was expecting, but again … he doesn’t want to force moves.

Long story short, he can “sleep at night,” even if he’s disappointed.

Is he right to take a relaxed approach, though? Maybe it’s time to blow up a part of what isn’t working? Have some fun armchair GM’ing on this one.

Slump busters: Simmonds, Couturier end long scoring droughts in win over Rangers


It’s been a good few days to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, as their team delivered not once, but twice during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Flyers picked up a 3-2 OT win over the Predators on Friday before shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Saturday.

It was a good afternoon for three players in particular.

Both Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier ended long scoring slumps.

Simmonds’ two goals were his first in seven games, while Couturier scored for the first time in his last 13 contests.

Goaltender Steve Mason also had a solid outing against the Rangers.

The 27-year-old turned aside all 24 shots he faced including this great save on Dominic Moore:

The Flyers lost defenseman Nick Schultz to an upper-body injury in the first period after he took a big hit from Dylan McIlrath.

Luke Schenn defended his fallen teammate by dropping the gloves with McIlrath, which didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

The Rangers are now on a season-high three-game losing streak. Their lack of effort has to be concerning for their head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers 30-14 over the final 40 minutes.