The Best & Worst Contracts of Day 1
It seems like almost an annual thing by now on July 1st — bad contracts. Each year we see a flurry of them, and this year was no different. However this year, there were some very good contracts handed out as well by contenders to players looking to finally win a Cup.
Brian Boyle: The Tampa Bay Lightning inked Brian Boyle to a 3 year, 6 million dollar deal on Tuesday, one of the better bargains for a penalty killer, especially in this market. Boyle replaces Nate Thompson on the Tampa Bay PK and 4th line, as well as joins many former Rangers in South Beach. Boyle played in all 82 games last season and tallied 18 points. He chose the pay cut there because it is where his wife is from.
Martin Havlat: The Devils got speedster Martin Havlat yesterday for a low 1.5m, where Havlat will most likely get 3rd line time to start for the Devils. Havlat was bought out by the Sharks in June, and will join fellow Czechs Marek Zidlicky and Patrick Elias on the Devils. He has plenty of chances for a raise, but little room for disappointment (sorta) at his contract.
Brad Richards: Sometimes, you have to take a pay cut to play for a contender. After being bought out of his 60-million dollar contract by the Rangers in late June, Richards signed with the Blackhawks for 1 year at 2 million. Bowman used the selling point of winning and was able to sway Richards to taking a pay cut. It’s unlikely Richards stays past next year due to the Kane and Toews contracts, but it’s still a stellar pickup.
Ales Hemsky: The Stars were big winners on Tuesday. After getting Jason Spezza, the Stars locked up teammate (on the Sens) Ales Hemsky, whom he played with well for 2 months, for 3 years at 4 million per. Although a little high, Dallas improved their goal scoring tremendously and will be a big contender in the West next season.
Deryk Engelland: No, Bob McKenzje did not report this deal. The Flames handed out a 3 year, 2.9m PER deal to Deryk Engelland yesterday, whom only appeared in 56 games last year for Pittsburgh, with 12 points, 58 PIMs and a -6 rating. I guess you have money to spend when you’re rebuilding, granted.
Benoit Pouliot: 5 years of offensive zone penalties. After playing for 4 teams in 4 years, Pouliot was finally able to find his game with the Rangers last year. His 56 PIMs and 36 points in 80 games was able to earn him a 5 year contract with Edmonton for 4 million per. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a buyout candidate in 2-3 years. They did have a good signing with Fayne however.
Brooks Orpik: At least Alex Ovechkin won’t have to worry about him anymore. Orpik signed a 5 year, 5.25m per deal with Washington yesterday, and is taking his 13 points and -3 rating in 72 games with him. The Niskanen contract for Washington is understandable and you have to give McLellan credit for fixing his teams’ weakness, but this one is a head scratcher.
Notable other bad deals include Jarome Iginla and Dave Bolland