Was Rich Peverley the NHL's biggest bargain of the 2009-10 season?


Peverley.jpgWith free agency just a few weeks away, teams and fans alike are dreaming of finding the perfect match. General managers might want to attempt to track down big-name stars, but winning clubs often get by with bargains and “steals.”

Capgeek.com has a list of “bargains” that is pretty interesting. Now, I want to make it clear that I don’t think that point production alone is the best way to judge a player, but it’s one of the easiest ways to get a quick snapshot of an individual’s contribution. Here’s the ten best “bang for the buck” players from the 2009-10 season, from a dollar-for-point perspective.

1. Rich Peverley – Atlanta – $8,864 per point (55 points)
2. Matt Moulson – NYI – $11,979 (48)
3. Maxim Afinogenov – Atlanta – $13,115 (61)
4. Chris Stewart – Colorado – $13,281 (64)
5. Frans Nielsen – NYI – $13,816 (38)
6. Patric Hornqvist – Nashville – $13,987 (51)
7. Tomas Fleischmann – Washington – $14,216 (51)
8. Kurtis Foster – Tampa Bay – $14,286 (42)
9. James Neal – Dallas – $14,939 (55)
10. Mason Raymond – Vancouver – $16,667 (53)

Now, there are a few factors that obviously come into play. Each player on that list had a salary under $1 million. With two players each from the Thrashers and Islanders in the top 5, it’s also clear that it helps for a player to get big minutes on a weak team.

Nicklas Backstrom is the first player on that list to have 100 points or more. In fact, Backstrom is far and away one of the biggest bargains among the league’s elite. Loui Eriksson and Ryan Kesler also out-performed their contracts.

To broaden the bargain list a bit more, here’s the best bargain blueliners.

1. Kurtis Foster – Tampa Bay – $14,286 (42)
2. Kyle Quincey – Colorado – $18,103
3. Andy Green – New Jersey – $19,932 (37)
4. Duncan Keith – Chicago – $21,377 (69)
5. Anton Stralman – Columbus – $21,520 (34)

Duncan Keith is the standout on this list, as a Norris Trophy candidate. Other more productive defensemen who ranked high on this list include Keith Yandle, Tyler Myers, Marc Staal and Kris Letang.

Some might say Peverley is the biggest steal in the league, but Keith gets my vote. Of course, considering the fact that Keith’s cap hit will inflate considerably starting in 2010-11, the Blackhawks will just have to settle for him being really good.

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.