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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Top 10 worst signings; Where do they stand now?

Ok, anyone remember that article from July? (You may have to scroll down a little). Let's see where they are at. Think I am right?

1. Scott Gomez, NYR, 7 years, 51.5 million. 5 goals, 18 assists, 23 points. PROJECTED: 14 goals, 49 assists, 63 points. Gomez has not been as great as some hoped, once again an overpaid player because of his name. He has been a 60 point man for his career and will continue at that pace. CASE: Correct, overpaid.

2. Roman Hamrlik, MON, 4 years, 22 million. 2 goals, 12 assists, 14 points. PROJECTED: 5 goals, 33 assists, 38 points. Not bad, a typical defender with some offense, carreer averages. He is on pace for a +19 (currently +7). I still don't think he is worth the 5.5 million per for a 33 year old. Dennis Wideman has 11 points and is a +5, so, I rest my case. CASE: Correct, overpaid.

3. Sheldon Souray, EDM, 5 years, 27 million. 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points. PROJECTED: 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points. He is injured, but hell, he still sucks. He is a bust, had 1 decent season and one great season. Sucked, sucks, and will suck. CASE: Overpaid, bust, sucks, sucks, sucks, and sucks.

4. Jason Blake, TOR, 5 years, 20 million. 5 goals, 16 assists, 21 points. PROJECTED: 13 goals, 42 assists, 55 points. He does have cancer, but for 4 million, 55 points is decent. I wouldn't say it was a HORRIBLE signing, but in years 2, 3, 4, it will be a bad signing. CASE: Decent singing, long run not so much.

5. Chris Drury, NYR, 5 years, 35.25 million. 7 goals, 13 assists, 20 points. PROJECTED: 19 goals, 36 assists, 55 points. Once again, a decent player but not worth the money. He is what he is, a 50-60 point guy. Worth the 7 million a season? No. CASE: Overpaid, decent player.

6. Todd Bertuzzi, ANA, 2 years, 8 million. 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points. PROJECTED: 5 goals, 13 assists, 18 points. Like I said, was supposed to get 1 year incentive laden deal. Now with Nieds coming back, Burke has to deal a good player for cap space. He sucks, he has been crap for 3 seasons. CASE: Sucks, overpaid.

7. Daniel Briere, PHI, 8 years, 52 million. I was wrong, he has been very good with the Flyers, on pace for 94 points. Still think he is a pussy though. He has been blessed with a lot of talent around him though.

8. Kimmo Timonen, PHI, 6 years, 38 million. Again, he has been good for the Flyers, on pace for 48 points. Good defenseman, but in the ladder years of the contract, could become a liability.

9. Dainius Zubrus, NJD, 6 years, 20.4 million. He is on pace for 46 points, and for his salary, is good. I was wrong again, but hey no one is perfect. I still don't like the length though.

10. Michael Nylander, WAS, 4 years, 19.4 million. Wrong again, on pace for 68 points. Washington still sucks though.

So overall, I got the top 7 right. But as you can see, big money free agents usually don't work out.

3 Comments:

Anonymous big-e said...

Ok you were wrong when it came ot the mid-paid players - always tough to predict. I think if you throw $8MM at a guy like Gomez, it's just a mistake. But we need to add someone to your list this morning (actually it was not a big salary signing - but...) Fernandez is out for the season. So there's $4MM and Kalus Chia wasted. But hey - now we have money to spend! What happened to the Markov rumours?

7:01 AM  
Anonymous big-e said...

Ok you were wrong when it came ot the mid-paid players - always tough to predict. I think if you throw $8MM at a guy like Gomez, it's just a mistake. But we need to add someone to your list this morning (actually it was not a big salary signing - but...) Fernandez is out for the season. So there's $4MM and Kalus Chia wasted. But hey - now we have money to spend! What happened to the Markov rumours?

7:01 AM  
Blogger Federko said...

Briere is a pussy and a hack, playing on a team full of hacks. He needs to be drilled. Anyone watch that Philly/Pitt game the other night? The Flyers are just a team you have to hate and they showed it again.

As far as Manny goes, the Bs really needed goaltending and there was really no way to tell he wasn't going to be completely healed. So he is out for the season.. big deal. The Bs have enough depth now with Auld to cover for him and they can take his cap hit and get a legitimate player. The only thing I don't want to see is anyone from the current roster being moved. Send a prospect and maybe a draft pick for someone that plays with an edge and needs a change of scenery (Torres?) and plug them into the lineup.

This team is shaping up to have 3 legitimate scoring lines and a really tough 4th line to play against. It is also amazing that over the last dozen or so games that this team has developed a real knack for opportunistic scoring. They forchecking creates turnovers and they convert them to goals.

Nice to see the team start to gel.

10:07 AM  

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