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.

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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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