Saturday, June 24, 2017

Anaheim Mighty Ducks 10 Best/Worst Contracts of Salary Cap Era

What are the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 10 best and 10 worst non-entry level contracts they have signed since the NHL had a salary cap?  The MDs won a Stanley Cup in 2007, and their playoff MVP was Scott Neidermayer, their #1 best contract. Perry and Getzlaf were on entry level when they won rings, but their 2nd contracts also proved incredibly productive. The Mighty Ducks have been led by astute management over the years and have not passed out too many terrible contracts, certainly nothing paralyzing.


1- Scott Niedermayer, Aug 4 2005, 4 years $27M: They don’t win a Stanley Cup if they don’t sign this contract. He was the playoff MVP after all. Luring Neidermayer was a huge victory for Burke at the start of his time in Anaheim.

2- Adam Banks, Feb 1992, undisclosed: Won a district Pee Wee hockey championship

2- Corey Perry, July 1 2008, 5 years $26.6M: 366 GP, 342 PTS, 1248 shots, averaging over 20 min per game of ice time. He even had a 50-goal season and was voted league MVP.

3- Ryan Getzlaf, Nov 20 2007, 5 years $26.6M: 340 GP, 342 PTS, 777 shots, 772 hits, and 2635 face off wins. That’s a nice haul for that money.

4- Teemu Selanne, June 13 2006, 1 year $3.7M: He signed a one-year contract scoring 109 PTS regular season + playoffs as they won the Stanley Cup. They needed this guy to do that.

5- Cam Fowler, Aug 22 2005, 5 year $20M: By year four he scored 39 PTS while averaging 24.8 minutes of ice per game. Talented young defenseman who was an extreme bargain for the second half of this contract.

6- Teemu Selanne, Aug 22 2005, 1 year $1M: He scored 90 PTS for $1M exactly. That’s one of the all-time best bargains on one year contracts.

7- Frederik Andersen, Oct 25 2013, 2 years $2.3M: They got a legit #1 goalie at a great price. He had a win-loss record of 57-21 with a 2.34 GAA and .916 SV%. The bad news is they traded him away and kept the wrong guy.

8- Rickard Rakell, Oct 14 2016, 6 years $22.8M: He just scored 33 goals in year one for under $4M AAV. This kid is going to be a really good player and they’ve got him locked up 6 years at a team friendly price.

9- Nick Bonino, Nov 28 2013, 3 years $5.7M: This contract helped Pittsburgh win 2 Stanley Cups, and was used to help Anaheim secure Ryan Kesler. If it produced 2 rings it has to be good, right?

10- Chris Kunitz, Aug 27 2007, 4 years $14.9M: 280 GP and 194 PTS has to be considered good production for that price. Sure, maybe he doesn’t get that many PTS if he’s not traded to the Penguins to play with Sidney Crosby. That might have something to do with it.


*- Samuel Pahlsson, Aug 23 2005, 2 years $1.3M: He had 12 PTS in 21 playoff GP en route to a Stanley Cup victory, and did so for close to the league minimum.

*- Kyle Palmieri, July 26 2013, 3 years $4.4M: By year three he scored 30 Goals and 57 PTS.

*- Teemu Selanne, Aug 9 2010, 1 year $4.5M: That’s a great price for 80 PTS. Anaheim got substantial production at a bargain price on Selanne for several years.

WORST (Ordered by total $ spent)

1- JS Giguere, June 21 2007, 4 years $24M: He had a good first year on this contract, then the wheels came off, his GAA ballooned over 3.00 before he was shipped out of Anaheim for 2 of Toronto’s bad contracts (Blake and Toskala). He wasn’t great in Toronto either.

2- Kenny Wu, Feb 1994, undisclosed: converted figure skater had limited offensive upside

2- Clayton Stoner, July 1st 2014, 4 years $13M: I’m not sure what Anaheim was thinking with this one. He had 5 PTS in 63 GP the previous season playing 13 minutes per game. They signed a 3rd pairing D to 2nd pairing money and it’s a bad deal.

3- Bryan Allen, July 1st 2012, 3 years $10.5M: He didn’t have a ton left in the tank at age 32. Did not score a single goal on this contract. Big men tend to age faster than smaller men.

3- Lester Averman, July 1 1991, undisclosed: A somewhat limited depth player. Good dressing room guy with timely comic relief.
4- Luca Sbisa, Mar 9 2011, 4 years $8.7M: He had 1 decent season on this contract, but later was demoted to the AHL.

5- Goldberg, Jun 1992, undisclosed: Signed a long-term deal after the first movie, he lost his starting job by the third movie.

5- Kevin Bieksa, July 1 2015, 2 years $8M: Bieksa has a lot of hard miles on his odometer. He’s not very good anymore and this no trade clause caused problems for Anaheim in the expansion draft costing them Shea Theodore.

6- Viktor Fasth, Feb 20 2013, 2 years $5.8M: He had only played 5 games with Anaheim on this contract when he was traded in March 2014 for a shockingly high return of 3rd and 5th round draft picks. This goalie was awful for the Oilers, finishing the contract with a 3.21 GAA and .893 SV%.

7- Andy Sutton, Aug 2. 2010, 2 years $4.2M: Maybe it wasn’t smart to pass out this kind of money to a 35-year-old with limited offensive upside. He played 91 GP and scored 14 PTS.

8- Mark Fistric, Jan 30 2014, 3 years $3.8M: He played 9 games before being bought out.

9- Shawn Horcoff, July 1st 2015, 1 year $1.75M: They probably expected a little bit more than 59 GP and 15 PTS. This was the end of Horcoff’s career.

10- Dany Heatley, July 9 2014, 1 year $1M: Played more games in the AHL than NHL under this contract.

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