Thursday, August 2, 2018

NHL Team by Team Best/Worst Contracts (2005-2018)

What have been the 15 best and 15 worst non-entry level contracts for each NHL team in the salary cap era? These were originally compiled in the summer/fall of 2017, but have been updated in the summer of 2018. Remember that the salary cap has doubled since it was first introduced, so you will see several references to "cap inflation", where we adjust the Average Annual Value of the salary to reflect the relative cap hit.

Some of my rules for compiling these lists: preference was given to contracts that put names on major trophies. A player who has won a Stanley Cup on that contract can't appear on a "worst" list (with one exception). Generally contracts that were bought out are automatic qualifiers for the worst list (even if a different team executed the buyout). This did create a bit of a conflict with 2 different Stanley Cup winning contracts that were later bought out (Mike Richards and Brooks Orpik). And contracts that were under $1M AAV do not appear on worst lists.

Click on the team name to follow the link.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Best: Scott Niedermayer,   Worst: JS Giguere

Boston Bruins: Best: Zdeno Chara,    Worst: Glen Murray

Buffalo Sabres: Best: Ryan Miller,     Worst: Ville Leino

Carolina Hurricanes: Best: Cory Stillman,   Worst: Alex Semin

Columbus Blue Jackets: Best: Sergei Bobrovsky,   Worst: RJ Umberger

Calgary Flames: Best: Miikka Kiprusoff,    Worst: Robyn Regehr

Colorado Avalanche: Best: Nathan MacKinnon,   Worst: Ryan Smyth

Dallas Stars: Best: Jamie Benn,   Worst: Jason Spezza

Detroit Red Wings: Best: Niklas Lidstrom,   Worst: Stephen Weiss

Edmonton Oilers: Best: Connor McDavid,   Worst: Sheldon Souray

Florida Panthers: Best: Aleksander Barkov,   Worst: Keith Ballard

Los Angeles Kings: Best: Drew Doughty,   Worst: Marian Gaborik

Minnesota Wild: Best: Devan Dubnyk,   Worst: Zach Parise

Montreal CanadiensBest: Carey Price,   Worst: Carey Price

New Jersey Devils: Best: Martin Brodeur,   Worst: Ilya Kovalchuk

Nashville Predators: Best: Roman Josi,   Worst: Shea Weber

New York Islanders: Best: John Tavares,   Worst: Rick DiPietro

New York Rangers: Best: Henrik Lundqvist,   Worst: Wade Redden

Ottawa Senators: Best: Erik Karlsson,   Worst: Bobby Ryan

Philadelphia Flyers: Best: Claude Giroux,   Worst: Ilya Bryzgalov

Phoenix Coyotes: Best: Oliver Ekmanlarson,   Worst: Ed Jovanovski

Pittsburgh Penguins: Best: Sidney Crosby,   Worst: Rob Scuderi

San Jose Sharks: Best: Brent Burns,   Worst: Kyle McLaren

St. Louis Blues: Best: Alex Pietrangelo,   Worst: Jay Bouwmeester

Tampa Bay Lightning: Best: Victor Hedman,   Worst: Vincent LeCavalier

Toronto Maple Leafs: Best: Phil Kessel,   Worst: David Clarkson

Vancouver CanucksBest: Henrik Sedin,   Worst: Loui Eriksson

Washington CapitalsBest: Alex Ovechkin,   Worst: Michael Nylander

Winnipeg Jets: Best: Dustin Byfuglien,   Worst: Zach Bogosian

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