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Monday, September 18, 2006

Top 10 Worst Signings in the New NHL

This will be interesting. These are my top 10 worst signings by teams in the last two offseason. Give me your take.

1. Alexei Zhamnov 3 yr/12.3 million dollar deal with Boston. Injury plagued, has to retire, 10 points last season. Horrible, horrible.

2. Nikolai Khabibulan 4 year/27 million dollar deal with Chicago. After thinking they took one of the prizes of the UFA market, Khabibulan turned into one of the worst goalies in the NHL. One year wonder anyone? He was a total bust and will cost the team dearly capwise for years.

3. Alexander Mogiliny 2 year/7 million dollar deal with New Jersey. Why not a 1 year deal for this risk? Overpaid, and now is causing trouble in the Devils cap this season.

4. Brian Leetch 1 year/4 million dollar deal with Boston. A good signing at the time, but overpaid. Leetch never lived up to the hype, and was a bust in many peoples eyes. Was also injured and couldn't take control of Boston's PP.

5. Zigmund Palffy 3 year/13.5 million dollar deal with Pittsburgh. Palffy was hurt all season, and retired early into it. He never got the chance to unite with Crosby and Recchi. Waste of money.

6. Hal Gill 3 year/6.3 million dollar deal with Toronto. Since when to you pay your 4th defender 2.1 million a season? Especially when your offense is in trouble, lack of cap space, and Gill didn't really "play up to expectations" in a horendous Boston defense last year.

7. Dan McGillis 2 years/4.4 million dollar deal with New Jersey. Another horrible signing by Lou. He wasn't that great in Boston, and now he is in the minors.

8. Pavel Kubina 4 year/20 million dollar deal with Toronto. Another overpaid D-man on Toronto. Since when do you pay a 3rd defender 5 million a season? He wasn't anything special in TB, and will be a slightly above defender in Toronto. Another mistake by JFJ.

9. Michael Peca 1 year/2.5 million dollar deal with Toronto. Another mistake by JFJ. Why overpay for a 20 point 3rd line C, when Eric Lindros and Jason Allison would come back for less money? Don't ask me. Peca will be another bust/disappointment in a old, and overhyped Leafs roster.

10. Vladimir Malakhov 2 year/7.1 million dollar deal with New Jersey. ANOTHER mistake by Lou. Not his greatest offseaon. Malakhov wasn't anything great in NJ, and retired during the year. He could still come back, but his money still counts against the cap. Another should-a-been one year deal.

*Hmm...a trend anyone? (Hint: Toronto, New Jersey, Toronto, New Jersey, a few MOC blunders...)I hope GM's around the league will learn from Lou and JFJ's horrible signings and come to their senses on overpriced vetern and over hyped talent.


Blogger Latrappe said...

My vote goes to the Gill signing. Considering the fact that Ferguson saw him play, i cannot believe he pay 2 millions for a guy who is slow and rarely penalty free. Gill will help the other team more then his own. This contract woll probably show the gate to Fergy at the end.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

palffy played 44 games last year with pitt and had 44 points so he was injuryed all year buddy

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello....? 15 year deal, ring any bells?

by the way, i do not think a one year deal can be considered a bad deal...its only one year, so if it doesnt work out.....your not stuck.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I very much disagree with your listings of Leetch, Gill and Peca. Leetch did everything he was asked to and more on an otherwise terrible team last year. Gill likewise was made to look worse than he really is. I predict he will do well. And Peca--didn't you see the playoffs? There were times he was the best player! It's heart like that that wins playoff games. You might argue the heart and hustle he displayed will go away with a new contract, but that argument could be made for any free agent signing.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

When you says that Gill look worst then he really his.... May i ask you how many games did you see him play??? He was horrible in Boston and was a penalty machine.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"May i ask you how many games did you see him play???"

I saw every game he played last year but one. I think with the right coaching he has the potential to be worth every penny... or maybe he won't. But one of the top worst signings? Naw. I think we are going to see quite a few recent former Bruins surpise people this year.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

As for DiPietro, it is to early to tell if this deal was stupid are brilliant.

8:52 PM  

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