Wednesday, November 1, 2017

St Louis Blues 10 Best/Worst Contracts of Salary Cap Era

What are the St Louis Blues 10 best and 10 worst non-entry level contracts they have signed since the NHL had a salary cap? The worst contracts are simply ordered by the total amount of money, not the degree to which they are an over-payment.

BEST

1- Vladimir Tarasenko, July 7 2015, 8 years $60M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. Back in 2015 this seemed a bit pricey, but after 79 goals over the first 2 seasons it’s looking like a bargain. It’s far below the bar set by the Draisaitl contract. This is the same contract that Kucherov should have received last year.

2- David Backes, July 1 2008, 3 years $7.5M: Signed by Larry Pleau. The Blues GM has the Vancouver Canucks to thank for this bargain contract that produced 164 PTS in 243 GP. The offer sheet may have been scorned by the team at the time, but Mike Gillis did them a favour. Backes had a career high 62 PTS in year three at age 26.

3- TJ Oshie, July 19 2012, 5 years $20.9M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. 329 GP and 242 PTS averaging over 19m of ice time per game is a good deal for just over $4M AAV. He probably also helped St Louis pick up several wins in the shootout over that span.

4- David Backes, Nov 12 2010, 5 years $22.5M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. Not quite the bargain of his previous contract, but he still produced 242 PTS, 850 shots, 1123 hits, and a +45 rating in 363 GP. He did drop down to 45 PTS in year five at age 31.

5- Kevin Shattenkirk, July 26 2013, 4 years $17M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. They got 189 PTS in 289 GP from the blueline at a very fair price. His next contract proved to be very expensive.

6- Alex Steen, July 1 2010, 4 years $13.4M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. That’s a good price for 168 PTS, including 62 in year four.

7- Vladimir Sobotka, June 15 2011, 3 years $3.9M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. If you can get 78 PTS for $3.9M, that's a win. He’s a good two-way player who can play in all situations. He bolted to Russia at the end of this contract.

8- Brian Elliot, May 19 2014, 3 years $7.5M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. He was not good enough to take the Blues deep in the playoffs, but he was more than good enough to earn every penny of that contract… in the regular season anyway….

9- Jaroslav Halak, July 6 2010, 4 years $15M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. 83 wins and 47 losses is good value at that price. He had to share the net with Elliot, which did suppress his totals. But he was mostly good when he played.

10- Matt D’Agostini, June 18 2010, 1 year $550K: Signed by Larry Pleau. He scored a career high 40 PTS this season for close to the league minimum salary. St. Louis rewarded him with a big pay raise that you can see below on their worst contracts list.

WORST

1- Paul Stastny, July 1 2014, 4 years $28M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. He scored 60 PTS the season before signing this contract and hasn’t surpassed 50 PTS over the first 3 seasons, which is not what you want for $7M AAV. The good news for St. Louis is that they capped the term at 4 years.

2- Jay Bouwmeester, Aug 2 2013, 5 years $27M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. He scored 37 PTS the season before signing this contract, then scored just 13 PTS in year one, 19 PTS in year two, and 15 PTS in year three. He’s got 2 years left at age 33 and is not the player he used to be.

3- Eric Brewer, Feb 24 2007, 4 years $17M: Signed by Larry Pleau. Accounting for cap inflation that AAV is closer to $6M. His offensive production was negligible. For that kind of money, you want more than 15 PTS in a season. He was -43 over the span of this contract.

4- Jay McKee, July 1st 2006, 4 years $16M: Signed by Larry Pleau. He scored 16 PTS the season before signing this contract, then put up 0, 9, 8 PTS over the first 3 seasons before being bought out.

5- Jori Lehtera, July 1 2015, 3 years $14.1M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. In year one at age 28 he scored 22 PTS in 64 GP. After that he was traded with a 1st round pick for Brayden Schenn, probably as a throw-in to make cap space.

6- Chris Stewart, July 19 2013, 2 years $8.3M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. He scored 36 PTS in 48 GP in the lockout shortened season before signing this contract. He dropped to 26 PTS in 63 GP in year one. In year two he was -26.

7- Steve Ott, July 10 2014, 2 years $5.2M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. He scored just 14 PTS in 99 GP for St. Louis under this contract. By age 32 he did not have much left in the tank.

8- Jordan Leopold, July 3 2013, 2 years $4.5M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. Leopold was pretty much done when he signed this contract at age 33. He scored 10 PTS in 70 GP over 2 seasons and did not sign another NHL contract after this one.

9- Derek Roy, July 6 2013, 1 year $4M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. He scored just 37 PTS in 75 GP at age 30 and was out of the league a year later.


10- Matt D’Agostini, July 1 2011, 2 years $3.3M: Signed by Doug Armstrong. They overpaid for his career year of 40 PTS and he never came close to that point total again. He was traded to New Jersey in year two and only played one more season in the NHL after this.

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