Top 10 Overpays Nothing can sink a roster quicker than an overpaid player. The bloated corpse of a financial albatross thins a roster, forces players to play over their heads, and makes it nearly impossible to move them for relief. Of course, it’s not the players fault their contracts large. Its the bidding teams, the market, the LG management team for removing players from eligibility after they’ve already been bid on, won, and placed on a roster… Without further ado… 10. Curi0sity, LD, $9.75M Carolina Hurricanes I like SoccaPlaya. I think he’s better than his numbers have shown. But the fact is he hasn’t put together a legit first-pairing season in LG since season 6, which is a lifetime ago in this game. He hasn’t put together a shutdown season in VG in over a year, which...is concerning. I don’t need to tell you that NHL ‘19 plays much differently than years past. In fact, LG itself has its own lifecycles. The first 5 seasons were entirely lacking in defense as 100 points seasons were consistent and everyone was hanging 70+ points. The next few seasons stabilized on NHL 18. Now NHL 19 plays as its own beast entirely. At 9.75M, there is significant risk that Carolina is drafting a player that is past his prime. 9. HazeeHype, RW, $5M Ottawa Senators As I spend almost no time in the shoutbox, I have zero problem with Hazee. But he was paid as a top 10 RW in bidding this round. He’s never cracked 65 point - and more importantly, hasn’t cracked 54 points since season 6 - and hasn’t topped 16 wins since season 5. So, if you’re paying him like a first-liner, but he isn’t scoring points or getting wins, how is he worth $3million more than comparable wings? He’s not. He’s being paid off of name recognition alone. Overpay. 8. GoalieGods*, Center, $5M Tampa Bay Lightning He’s a horrible player, no stick skills, and has no idea where to be in the defensive end. Giant, huge overpay. As a nice guy, the San Jose Sharks will take him off your hands for you. Trade him ASAP - to the Sharks - before he submarines your season.* 7. T47 Krug, LW, $9.5M Vancouver Canucks We all know LG is about name recognition, and that’s fine. Guys like Chyz have earned respect through his history of competitive play. But if you’re going to spend nearly 30% of your cap on one player, does it really make sense to do it for a guy who hasn’t produced as a forward since season 3? There is serious risk involved with this contract. If you need a LW and Vancouver comes calling halfway through the season offering Chyz because he’s had a slow first 4 weeks, are you putting 30% of your cap on this bloated contract? Are you even able to fit him onto your roster? At his cost, you’re expecting him to carry your first, rip off 22+ wins, and be able to compete as the best player on your game 7 lineup. I think this is a large overpay. 6. TMills61_, RW, 9M Boston Bruins Lets be very clear: for $9M, you’re signing him for his VG performance, not his LG performance. And, as anyone who has double-dipped in both leagues can tell you, the two are not comparable. It is significantly easier to hang 6+ point games against the dregs of VG than it is the dregs of LG. Cross-crease passes and breakaways are significantly more common in VG than LG. And, oh yeah, that career 3.25ppg in VG? It drops by more than half come playoff time (1.61ppg) when he has to actually play against semi-competent defenses. As an apples-to-apples comparison, TMills and I both play RW. Here are our stats for the last two seasons: Spray: 38-16-1 (.703%), 117 Points, +53 TMills: 31-17-5 (.645%), 122 Points, +29 Is TMills a better player than me? I dunno, probably. But more importantly, is he so much better than me to make up for the delta between our contracts - $9M to 750K? Unequivocally not. Huge overpay. 5. Dankchank, C, $8.25M Winnipeg Jets Truthfully, I don’t know a ton about Dank, so I could be off here. If he’s an elite two way center, than he’s probably worth the contract. But, more often than not, players that haven’t played in LG since season 5 are not ready to come out heavy against the top lines. There’s also not a whole lot in his resume that screams “Top line Center”. He played in the first few seasons of LG and was a mid-60’s point player. I’d expect he has a significantly harder time scoring that high now, only he’ll be putting up 50 points on a $8.25m contract. Again, could be very wrong here, but he’s going to have to prove it. 4. Canadas_Game416, $6.5M Boston Bruins $6.5M for what is, basically, a 2nd line RD? Really want to pay $6.5M for 15 wins? I dunno. This seems like a huge overpay. 3. AlexDrum100, $5.75M Anaheim Ducks So, we were in on Alex. Ideally, he would have fallen around $2.5-$3M. Due to a lack of second pair LD, we got into a bidding war for him. We actually had him at $5.5m. He still would have made the list at that price. He hasn’t played LG in two seasons and his last 4 seasons played he put up a 47-41-8 record with a +/- of -6. This contract will end up being an albatross, and, even though I’ve heard he’s a great guy, this was a monster overpay for average talent. 2. Sudzy92, RW, $8.25M Chicago Blackhawks Let me be very clear: this is a horrible contract. Sudzy hasn’t been relevant since season 5, which as discussed earlier, was a higher scoring league back then. That was also my inaugural season in the NHL. I was on the Red Wings with Sudzy and even played a few games with him. After he had a hot start to the season, he instantly began line-dodging, and even no-showed to a few games so he could play against weaker competition. He wanted the puck, took too many shots, and it was clearly about points over winning. Since season 5, he’s fluctuated between bad to awful. This contract will not work out well. 1. KingKonz-, G, $3.25M Buffalo Sabres I don’t care if he’s the best fucking goalie on the planet: 10% of your cap on a goalie is fucking insane. The huge benefit for the Sabres is, obviously, Josh’s free contract. Instead of optimizing that huge advantage, they burned it on a starting goalie. This has nothing to do with Konz’s ability and all to do with basic roster construction. He’s going to have to put together another phenomenal season to justify this cap hit, and even then it may not be worth it. That's it. If this pissed you off, I don't care. People want more media, so here it is. *Because people are, apparently, very dumb...GoalieGods is not actually a bad contract. Hes going to be well worth the $5million...after hes traded back home to the sharks.