With the recently released Forbes rich list, which analyzes the financial details of the top richest men and women in the world, we’d thought that we should compile our own list of five NHL players who make the most money, but definitely not contributing to fantasy leagues as they possibly can in the realm of fantasy hockey. All information has been taken from the website www.nhlscap.com .
We start off this column with our favorite whipping boy of this year’s fantasy hockey season, Patrick Marleau. Marleau has greatly underachieved this season but has he really? Marleau has had a ten-year career in the NHL, only two of which has he cracked the 60-point plateau. So for Marleau’s current projected pace of 46 points for a full 82 game schedule, it isn’t that far off of the totals that he experienced just four years ago. Marleau falls into the same category as Brad Richards and Scott Gomez, who don’t get a lot of praise because their strengths aren’t as apparent as they don’t show up on the score sheet. So unfortunately a lot of their real-life value really goes unnoticed by many especially those in the realm of fantasy hockey. Marleau is making a reasonable $4.50 million this year, but will see an increase in salary to $6.30 million for the next two seasons. His projected 46 point pace however will earn him an astounding 98k per point that he scores this season, which makes Marleau the first whipping boy on our shame list.
Number four on our shame list belongs to a rugged band-aid boy, Alberta native Sheldon Souray. Souray is currently earning an annual salary of $6.25 million, and so far this NHL season Souray has spent more time off the ice than on the ice. Souray has played in 26 contests for the Oilers, while sitting out a grand total of 43 contests with a shoulder injury. Granted injuries are accidental and can happen to any player at random times, but Souray’s previous track record still doesn’t justify what the Oilers offered him during the off-season thus making him the eighth highest paid salary amongst defensemen in the NHL. The real kicker is that Souray has had only one season where he tallied more than 40 points, and translated his career-season last year into a big hefty pay rise. For the 633 minutes that Souray will play in this season, it works out to be nearly 10k for each minute that Souray has been on the ice for the Oilers this season. Earning just over 240k per contest that he has played in, that makes Souray the fourth player on our shame list.
With both offensive and defensive players making our shame list now it’s time to slag off the most important position on a hockey team,