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12-30-2012, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
A "dip?" I think you mean he continued his trend of scoring less than the year before. In each of his four full NHL seasons, he has scored fewer goals and points than the year before. He's a hard worker and is great along the boards, but he's not a very talented player. You can get a similar package from a guy making half that price. His "Nashville pace" was only averaging 13 goals and 30 points per season. Those are clearly bottom six numbers, so $3M would be an appropriate price at best. In no world is that a "steal." And he got those numbers playing top 6 minutes (~17 minutes a game and got 2nd unit PP time).

His '10-'11 campaign was 10 goals and 29 points. Whopee! He's closer to being the 235th best scorer in the NHL! And a full half of those goals came on the powerplay. Matt Hendricks only put up one less goal and four less points in 2010-11, and did so getting five and a half fewer minutes per game (with no powerplay time). And most importantly, his cap hit is only $825k rather than $3M. In fact, all three players you mentioned (Hendricks, Beagle, Aucoin) made approximately 60% of Ward's salary combined last season.

Joel Ward's contract isn't going to make or break the team. It's not that large. But it was bad value from day 1. In no world is it "team friendly."
Yeah, Ward has a horrible contract for someone who was brought in primarily to pad regular season point stats. Though it's still not as bad as paying Ovechkin 9.5 million a year to be a goalie coach.

At least we got Wolski for 600k a year. That could be, like, 40 regular season points right there. SO MUCH VALUE! WE'RE SAVED!

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