Ranking the Top ‘Coach Killers’ in the NHL Today

December 12th, 2014 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
NHL teams rely heavily on their highest-paid players, and in the cap world, it's vital to get absolute value from the top-end assets. A player who is paid big dollars but doesn't deliver hampers his coach in a major way. In extreme situations, the player might force a trade, or the team might employ a less qualified player in a feature role.

Some of these men are considered bad contracts, while others put themselves into very bad positions and become outcasts on their own team. Players like Alexander Ovechkin are often targeted as this type of player, but the Washington Capitals winger delivers astounding offensive seasons—51 goals one year ago—and can hardly be described as a coach killer because of it. Ovechkin is not a complete player but delivers exceptional results in the toughest discipline in the game—scoring goals.

Here are the top "coach killers" in the NHL so far this season.

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