Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Check the IR

There are quite a few players who are counting on team payrolls who haven't played a game this season, as even with an injury exemption, contracts never die.

The best examples:

Alexei Zhamnov, Boston: Signed to an ill-advised, three-year, $12.3-million deal coming out of the lockout, Zhamnov has played just 24 games under that deal and is receiving insurance payouts due to an ankle injury. Essentially retired, Zhamnov is still a $4.1-million hit on the Bruins' cap count despite the fact he's the GM of Chekhov Vityaz in the Russian league.

Steve Rucchin, Atlanta: Out with a concussion since February, Rucchin's relaxing at home in California while in the final year of a deal that pays him $2.4-million this season. At 36, his career is likely over.

Steve Sullivan, Nashville: A big loss for the Preds, Sullivan has had two back surgeries and is struggling in trying to return to the ice. He has this year and next on a deal paying him $3.2-million a season.

More players who haven't played a game this season: Teppo Numminen, Ethan Moreau, Cam Janssen, Mike Rathje, Brad Norton, Tim Taylor, Carlo Colaiacovo, Eric Fehr

11 Comments:

At 5:00 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Isn't Garth Snow still in the final year of his player contract, which counts against the cap because he was over 35 when he signed it? What's great about that one is that there's no injury exemption... his salary actually does count against the team's cap in full.

Wonder what the difference in contract for his GM job is from the deal he signed from Milbury as a player.

 
At 5:55 PM, December 05, 2007, Anonymous BDH said...

Not a Bruins fan, but living in Boston and I'm amazed that Zhamnov is still hitting the cap. What a disaster.

 
At 6:49 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger danae said...

Yeah, but the classy Sabres aren't paying Numminen.

 
At 6:49 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger danielao said...

I'd rather check the OR.

I like it so far.

 
At 7:03 PM, December 05, 2007, Anonymous Rob said...

What happened to Eric Fehr?

 
At 9:39 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger MikeP said...

Hm, if Sully's concussion problems are still about, I doubt what he's doing can properly be termed relaxing. Chronic symptoms are No Fun.

 
At 11:29 PM, December 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"bdh", Zhamnov's salary is not going against the Bruins cap because he's on Long Term Injured Reserve. Patrice Bergeron is currently also on LTIR, so his salary is not going towards the Bruins cap either.

 
At 1:21 AM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a Sabres fan, but why would they pay a guy who isn't healthy enough to play? Hands up anybody reading this who gets paid to sit at home sick. I don't mean collectively bargained sick benefits. I mean salary.

 
At 10:25 AM, December 06, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

Is Cam Janssen injured or just a garbage player?


"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
- Irvin S. Cobb

 
At 10:26 AM, December 06, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

Hands up anybody reading this who gets paid to sit at home sick.

Unless you get paid hourly at McDonald's, most people get paid sick time off of work.

 
At 1:35 PM, December 06, 2007, Blogger allan said...

Sure, I get paid if I'm home sick. But if it's more than a few days, it's not my employer who's paying me - it's the short or long term disability coverage they purchased.

Long term injury and illness payments are normally arranged through insurance, and if that contract wasn't insured, I don't see why he should expect to get paid.

 

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