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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