Vulgar Statistics: The Worst Post Lockout-Contracts Poll – Round 1, Part 3
In the absence of any hockey-related fun going on, and in the wake of a tortuously slow free agency season, I have decided to compile a bracket of what I deemed to be the worst post-lockout contracts. Because there’s little more entertain than making fun of crappy hockey players…and you get to vote too!
A few caveats before I get to the bracket (arbitrarily organized by me of course!) and the first set of matchups. I kept the statistical basis simple. I tend to stay away from advanced stats because they cater to a very specific niche of mathematically inclined hockey fans and I want our reach to be broader than that. Thus my list was generated based on two observations: “they paid who, what?!” and “holy crap this guy signed a huge deal then tanked.” This also led me to focus on the larger deals? Are Cody McCormick’s and Paul Gaustad’s deals drastic overpayments? Yes. Do they belong on a list with players making five times as much? No.
So without further adieu, the bracket (which I will link to due to its size) and the first set of match-ups. Feel free to vote in the comments, on Twitter, or by yelling as you drive by my house. Voting will be open for approximately three days, at which point we will move on to the next matchup.
2). Wade Redden
15). Thomas Vanek
The Case for Redden: The Rangers gave him a bazillion dollars ($6.5M) in their post-lockout spending spree (08-09). He lasted two seasons, playing like hot garbage for most of them.
The Case for Vanek: As a Sabres writer, I don’t think I really need to go here. It’s been done.
My Vote: Redden in a landslide. It’s hard for a d-man to be particularly noticeable as their jobs typically don’t involve the glory aspects of hockey. Redden looked awful after his contract.
7). Shawn Horcoff
10). Daymond Langkow
The Case for Horcoff: I put Horcoff on here because I hobnob with Oilers fans fairly often and they complain about him all the time. To put it quite simply, he makes Jason Pominville money for slightly more than half of Jason Pominville’s production.
The Case for Langkow: Ah, another Western Conference guy. To make another easy comparison, he makes what Roy makes, and has been having seasons like Roy’s last. Just another one of Calgary’s contracts that are not damning, but not good either.
My Vote: Gotta go with Horcoff here.