Fans always have certain player contracts that simply drive them nuts. Whether it’s cost or perceived lack of production value, there are always one or two (maybe more) contracts that just don’t sit well. However, believe it (or not), the Capitals are currently doing relatively well to avoid the “big boat anchor” contracts.
David Staples of the Edmonton Journal has just released his annual “scary contracts” list and, and thankfully no Washington Capitals currently reside on this years list.
His top-20 list is chockablock with cringeworthy deals. Deals that simply raise the blood pressure and turn the stomach just glancing at them. Here’s this years list of yuck.
These aren’t the only iffy-to-bad contracts handed out since the 2012 lock-out. Here’s 30 more deals, which have now run their course, that didn’t go well.
There are several former Capitals that make this list, including Alex Semin, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Karl Alzner and Troy Brouwer. But thankfully, the big bucks came after their stay in Washington.
However, that doesn’t mean the Capitals are in the clear. There are several Capitals contracts that are likely concerning to Capitals fans now, or have the potential of becoming worrisome in the not-too-distant future.
Most of the aforementioned Capitals contracts simply become concerning as the deal ages, which is somewhat typical these days. However, deals for John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, and Justin Schultz may already be concerning. For example, most projections had Justin Schultz earning no more than $2,000,000 in his next deal, before he signed with the Capitals for $4,000,000 AAV.
Considering today’s market and tight economical times for the NHL, eye-catching contracts are drawing extra heat. Additionally, the deals signed by the likes of Lars Eller, Richard Panik and Nick Jensen may draw the most immediate fire, and are most likely to be dealt with first by the Capitals, as they should be easier to move, if necessary.
The Capitals are fortunate that they’ve stayed clear of Dave Staples annual “Yikes!” list this year, but things get more concerning on the near horizon.
By Jon Sorensen