Last night, Scott Gomez of the Montreal Canadiens scored a goal for the first time
in just over a calendar year. Gomez had become a target for ridicule
from around the league, as his elephant of a contract and stunning lack
of production made him one of the most overpaid players in the entire
To illustrate that point: Gomez will earn
$7,357,143 this season alone. To put that into perspective, that's more
than Zdeno Chara will earn. And more than Phil Kessel. And Pavel
Datsyuk. And almost three times more than Claude Giroux. When one
considers that the latter three are all in the top-ten in league
scoring while Gomez has eight points on the year, the staggering
absurdity of that contract becomes even more clear.
I read some jokes the other day about how, prior to his goal,
Gomez was on pace to earn a million dollars for each point he scored.
Obviously that was a bit off, as he hasn't been paid his full yearly
salary yet, but the projection is close enough, and the jokes were
That got me thinking: who on the
Bruins is the biggest bargain? The B's don't have a bust anywhere near
as big as Gomez (sit down, Joe Corvo) and don't really have that many
monstrous contracts (Chara aside).
So I put on my old-timey accountant's hat
and crunched some numbers. Check them out below to see which Bruin is
the biggest bargain in terms of total points and in terms of goals.
***Some notes and a disclaimer:
Salary" is the salary for the entire 2011-2012 season; yes, I'm aware
they haven't been paid that yet, but I wasn't going to pro-rate it for
50ish games. So the level of "bargain-ness" will change as the season
- Yes, I'm aware that "value" is a relative term, and
that there's no cost being placed on blocked shots, faceoff wins, or
other intangibles. This isn't meant to be some kind of hard and fast
rule on who is overpaid and who isn't; it's merely an interesting way
to look at who's earning what money.
- All salary information comes from CapGeek.com.
know Rich Peverley signed an extension at the beginning of this season,
but it doesn't kick in until the start of next season; he's still on
his Atlanta contract.
- All stat totals are as of the date this was published (2/10/12).
Sorted by biggest bargain per point
|Player||2011- 2012 |
|Cost per Point|
Sorted by biggest bargain per goal
|Player||2011- 2012 |
|Cost per Goal|