Canucks Re-Sign Ryan Kesler to Ridiculous Deal: Implications for Rest of NHL

March 20th, 2010 by Greg Caggiano Leave a reply »
There have been ongoing talks that the Vancouver Canucks were looking to re-sign center Ryan Kesler for some time now. Today, the deal has reportedly happened, and Kesler can now enjoy an absolutely ridiculous contract of $30 million over six years.

This signing has to be one of the single worst contracts I have ever seen given out, right on par with Wade Redden’s with the New York Rangers.

Kesler has been in the league since the 2003-04 season and not once has he ever eclipsed 26 goals in a season. He currently has 21 this season, which would put him on pace for his career high. He has achieved a career high in points this season with 66.

But is a 26-goal scorer really worth $5 million a year?

Normally we could all just sit around and laugh, saying, “How could Vancouver’s GM be that stupid? They’re screwed now!” But in reality, this signing not only handicapped the Canucks, but has severe implications for the rest of the league.

Kesler was making $1.75 million a year, and a contract raise giving him $3.5 million a year would have been fair, even a slight overpayment. But now ...

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