2006-2007 Salaries….were they worth it?

With all the “this coming season” predictions I thought I’d take a step back and look at the 2006-2007 season that just passed us and discuss three things about the top 34 highest paid players in the NHL (I say 34 because I’m not including Yashin, we all know he was likely the biggest and most obvious bust), I am also not holding it against players whom were injured, however feel free to use a point per game percentage in those cases, take a look into the following:

Who you thought was the biggest bust for their salary?

Who was the best deal for the salary?

Who performed exactly as advertised compared to their paycheck?

Jaromir Jagr – $8.3 Million
Brad Richards – $7.8 Million
Nicklas Lidstrom – $7.6 Million
Mats Sundin – $7.6 Million
Patrik Elias – $7.5 Million
Zdeno Chara – $7.5 Million
Vincent Lecavalier – $7.1 Million
Bryan McCabe – $7.1 Million
Jarome Iginla – $7 Million
Ed Jovanovski – $7 Million
Nikolai Khabibulin – $6.75 Million
Scott Niedermayer – $6.75 Million
Joe Thornton – $6.67 Million
Wade Redden – $6.5 Million
Chris Pronger – $6.25 Million
Sergei Fedorov – $6 Million
Martin Havlat – $6 Million
Roberto Luongo – $6 Million
Markus Naslund – $6 Million
Marian Hossa – $6 Million
Martin St. Louis – $6 Million
Marty Turco – $6 Million
Robert Blake – $6 Million
Peter Forsberg – $5.75 Million
Joe Sakic – $5.75 Million
Jose Theodore – $5.5 Million
Olaf Kolzig – $5.45 Million
Todd Bertuzzi – $5.29 Million
Simon Gagne – $5.25 Million
Martin Brodeur – $5.2 Million
Scott Gomez – $5 Million
Marc Savard – $5 Million
Daniel Briere – $5 Million
Pavel Kubina – $5 Million

First off, how the hell has Broduer managed to only be the 30th highest paid player….is it just me or should he be #1 or #2 according to the fact that he owns 3 Cup Rings, 3 Vezina trophies, Olympic Gold Medal, first with a 1.92 goals-against average in all playoff appearances, second on the league’s all-time playoffs shutout list with 22 (behind only Patrick Roy who he will pass for sure)… this just shows how messed up salaries are in the NHL…guys that haven’t accomplished anything like Briere of this year, Yashin’s contract, Mats Sundin, Ed Jovanovski, Wade Reddan, Markus Naslund, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Jose Theodore, and MARTY FRIGGING TURCO are all getting paid more than him and have accomplished nothing in comparison to what Mr.Brodeur has. So what’s the problem here, is Martin Brodeur being generous and purposely taking a lesser paycheck for the good of the Devils or has he just had his contract years fall at the wrong time?

Anyway, this wasn’t meant to be all about Brodeur but as I did the research that kinda pissed me off.

My votes go as follows:

Who you thought was the biggest bust for their salary? Ed Jovanovski – while he did only play 54 games he only tallied 29 points and was -6, according to my calculations that would be a 43 point season if he played a full 82 games for a 7 million dollar dman, which makes him a bigger bust than many say Brian McCabe was, in my opinion.

Who was the best deal for the salary? Martin Broduer – no reason necessary as far as I’m concerned…well that and I kinda already said it in the above paragraph.

Who performed exactly as advertised compared to their paycheck? – Lidstrom, Pronger, Luongo, Lecavalier – any of those guys played up to their billing from an NHL salary standpoint, choosing one I’d have to say Lecavalier was dead on penny for penny as Luongo could be paid more and still be worth it as could Pronger and Lidstrom…not by much but they could (comparing them to other paychecks signed this summer).

Other notable contracts that are way out of whack from my point of view would be:

Brad Richards and his 7.8 Million contract
Sundin and his 7.6 Million
McCabe and his 7.1 (I had no idea it was that much, I thought he was a 5-6 million dman…apparently not)
Fedorov and his 6 million
Theodore and his 5.5 million

After taking a look at this list and reading my comments, what are your thoughts…am I way off base in my opinion?


26 Responses to 2006-2007 Salaries….were they worth it?

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    bust Blake
    best Brodure
    what they’re worth-Pronger

  2. the_word says:

    McCabe's average is 5.7, and thats is the cap hit.  McCabe is making something like 3 million this year so it all balance out.  Theodore, Fedorov and Elias top three bad contracts last year.

  3. habswinthecup-again says:

     Bust: Markus Naslund- absolutely terrible this season

     Best Deal: Joe Sakic

     As Advertised: The Big 3 defensemen and Marion Hossa

  4. EddieAVS says:

    how could you not say sakic performed for his paycheck.
    5.75 million, 100 points

  5. JuicemaN says:

    I considered Elias but I couldn't put him completely in the bad category, he played well but not worth his money.

  6. JuicemaN says:

    Because he deserved more, he performed more to a 6.5 mark.

    If I made a "who out of the top 34 paid players was a steal for their money" he would've won that.

    Lecavalier finally had his coming out party and was a powerhouse all season long and I just thought he was worth ever little penny they spent on him.

  7. JuicemaN says:

    Out of the 3 catagories I mentioned I'd say he'd be top 3 for "best deal" but Broduer carried (AGAIN) the Devils into the Playoffs, Sakic didn't do that for the Ave's

  8. goleafsgo1991 says:

    Wasn't Sundin's number more like 6.85 or something?

  9. MR40 says:

    Markus Naslund was so much better then Sergai Federov. Same cash. Nazzy got more points, more goals, better +/-, better two way player, and Nazzy had no one to play with.

  10. aj_furf says:

    Nice post…good topic.

    I tried to apply some sort of formula to rank the players based on performance, salary and position.  It's far from an exact science as it's hard to compare a goalie's stats to those of a forward.  Additionally, are the points a forward generates more important than the +- a defenceman puts up?  It also doesn't take into consideration the intangibles a particular player brings to a team (ie. leadership).

    Anyway, again…this is far from accurate, but my formula is based on:

    Forwards:  [(Points*2 + Plus/Minus)/GP] / Salary
    Defence:   [(Points + Plus/Minus*2)/GP] / Salary
    Goalies:    [(Wins/GP*8.5 + Save%*2 – GAA*2)] / Salary

    Results yielded the following:

    Marty Brodeur .522
    Danny Briere .511
    Joe Thornton .461
    Marian Hossa .443
    Martin St. Louis .429
    Joe Sakic .428
    Roberto Luongo .423
    Marc Savard .422
    Jarome Iginla .408
    Martin Havlat .384
    Vinny Lecavalier .374
    Marty Turco .363
    Peter Forsberg .357
    Scott Gomez .353
    Simon Gagne .346
    Jaromir Jagr .326
    Chris Pronger .274
    Todd Bertuzzi .265
    Mats Sundin .263
    Markus Naslund .250
    Patrik Elias .247
    Nik Lidstrom .234
    Brad Richards .189
    Sergei Federov .176
    Scott Niedermayer .152
    Pavel Kubina .115
    Bryan McCabe .108
    Wade Redden .091
    Ed Jovanovski .045
    Zdeno Chara .002
    Nikolai Khabibulin -.055
    Rob Blake -.074
    Olaf Kolzig -.132
    Jose Theodore -.253

  11. habswinthecup-again says:

     And just who did Federov have to play with?

  12. rangers11 says:

    the rangers dont pay all of jagrs salary (washington), i think this makes him more worth his contract

  13. hatterson says:

    Sundin's contract was signed before the lockout and thus I don't really consider it.  Without the lockout mid 7s would have been an average salary for a guy scoring a point a game.

    McCabe has a front-loaded contract so that 7+ mil isn't really something I care about.  The Leafs are rich so whether they pay 7 mil now and 3 mil later or 5 and 5 isn't an issue.

    I think the biggest bust of all is Chara for the reason that I could probably skate circles around him.  The Sabres made him look horrible in the playoffs last year, and he never really got any better this year.  Teams know all you have to do is skate and Chara is done for.

  14. NHLman says:

    Technically Jagr was the best and worst deal for his salary. Here's how:
    The Rangers pay him an average of $4.9 mill a season while the Caps pay him a little over $3 million a season. So for 4.9 mill the Rangers get 30+ goals and 90+ points while the Caps pay him 3 mill and he records no points; not even a second in ice time. Jaromir Jagr is the Capitals' Carl Pavano and yet, he's the Rangers' Alex Rodriguez.

  15. mvand77 says:

    So Iginla is a guy that hasn't accomplished anything? I think $7 million is quite a bargain for who many think is the best player in the League.  Has Sidney Crosby accomplished enough to earn $8.7 million?

    Chara, Redden, Blake, Khabibulin, Fedorov, and McCabe are all grossly overpaid.  Brad Richards is a good player but not worth as much as he's being paid. 

    Sakic, Iginla, Thornton, Luongo, and Brodeur are all underpaid only because of their old-fashioned Canadian CLASS.. Ironic that the very best players in the league realize they don't need $10 million every year, yet the half-decent Briere's and Drury's of the NHL are money magnets.

  16. dizon says:

    fedorov definately played with better ppl.. like nash (which some may say sucks sh*t in the nhl but is good internationally lol

  17. dizon says:

    mccabes isnt ridiculously overpaid considering other defenceman these days

  18. Wings19 says:

    Top three Biggest Busts:

    1. Jose Theodore. 5.5 million for 13 wins and 15 losses with a 0.891 Save Percentage and a 3.26 GAA. 

    2. Todd Bertuzzi 5.3 million for 15 games 11 points and a +/- of -1. But was pretty good in the playoffs.
    3. Brad Richards 7.8 million for 70 points and a +/- of -19. But had 8 points in 6 playoff games.

    Top Three Best Deals:

    1. Martin Brodeur. 5.2 million for 48 wins (NHL record) a 0.922 Save Percentage and a 2.18. Won the Vezina.

    2. Joe Thorton. 6.7 million for 114 points and a +/- of +24 and 11 points in 11 playoff games. Can also be a heavy hitter at times.

    3. Joe Sakic 5.75 million for 100 points and a +/- of +2. Goes all out every night.

    Top Three As Advertised:

    1. Nicklas Lidstrom. 7.6 million for 62 points and a +/- of +40. 18 points in 18 playoff games (2nd im playoff scoring). Won Norris Trophy.
    2. Vincent Lecavalier. 7.1 million for 108 points and a +/- of +2. 5 goals in 6 playoff games. Won The Rocket Richard Trophy with 56 goals.
    3. Roberto Luongo. 6 million for 47 wins (2nd all time) 0.921 GAA and a 2.29 GAA. Vezina Trophy runner up.

    Note: Sundin only made 6.84 million not 7.6

  19. Wings19 says:

    Top three Biggest Busts:

    1. Jose Theodore. 5.5 million for 13 wins and 15 losses with a 0.891 Save Percentage and a 3.26 GAA. 

    2. Todd Bertuzzi 5.3 million for 15 games 11 points and a +/- of -1. But was pretty good in the playoffs.

    3. Brad Richards 7.8 million for 70 points and a +/- of -19. But had 8 points in 6 playoff games.

    Top Three Best Deals:

    1. Martin Brodeur. 5.2 million for 48 wins (NHL record) a 0.922 Save Percentage and a 2.18. Won the Vezina.

    2. Joe Thorton. 6.7 million for 114 points and a +/- of +24 and 11 points in 11 playoff games. Can also be a heavy hitter at times.

    3. Joe Sakic 5.75 million for 100 points and a +/- of +2. Goes all out every night.

    Top Three As Advertised:

    1. Nicklas Lidstrom. 7.6 million for 62 points and a +/- of +40. 18 points in 18 playoff games (2nd im playoff scoring). Won Norris Trophy.

    2. Vincent Lecavalier. 7.1 million for 108 points and a +/- of +2. 5 goals in 6 playoff games. Won The Rocket Richard Trophy with 56 goals.

    3. Roberto Luongo. 6 million for 47 wins (2nd all time) 0.921 GAA and a 2.29 GAA. Vezina Trophy runner up.

    Note: Sundin only made 6.84 million not 7.6

  20. JuicemaN says:

    Iginla is a fantastic player, everyone knows that.  But compared to Brodeur what has he done to deserve to be paid more…..absolutely nothing….ok he won a gold medal….but guess who was inbetween the pipes winning the gold for them.

  21. JuicemaN says:

    He made 7.6, only 6.84 went against the cap.

  22. Gretzkin says:

    Interesting formula, but yeah, it doesn't include many of the intangibles that pounts production other key factors.

    The only thing that popped out as a bit odd, was Bertuzzi. For his 7 games as a Panther follwed by a loss of the majority of the season, only coming back as a Red Wing and play so-so, but at the same time, show that if healthy and consistantly, Bert's got game, but to see him higher than Mats, Lidstrom, Neidermeyer and almost the rest…
    Pretty neat though, and agreeable otherwise, pretty much,
    Plus, nerding out on things like this deserves huge props. 
    Love to do it when I have the time.
    Good one
  23. Luongoman says:

    Biggest bust Blake.

    Best performer Brodeur.

    P.S Whats so bad about Richards not his best season but helped Lecalvier ALOT not just on but off the ice.

  24. wingsfan13 says:

    this article was more about sucking brodeurs balls than anything else

  25. sakurulz says:

    1. some of the facts posted are false…while their salaries are ok, what's important to a tea is their cap hit,which you got wrong in a few cases :
    elias,mccabe,lecavalier,mccabe,jovanovski,…

    2.brodeur fired his agents and negociates his contract himself. he decided to take an interesting salary but at possibly 60-75% of what he could of gotten…..of course, he doesn't give a cut to any agent but still it's less money for him!
    that's where we see a team player….
    in the next 2-3years, this list should make more sense……more or less!

  26. slootermac says:

    brodeur negotiates his own contracts, does not have an agent so he is willing to take less money, also I think ti is good for the game that he makes what he makes, he is the best in the world, and there shouldn't be a single goalie making more than him…

    Best bang for the buck – brodeur for sure

    Biggest bust – Jose Theodore, brad richards gets an honorable mention but he will rebound…

    Right on the money – Vincent Lecavalier – he was the most dominant player last season, sorry crosby…

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