Fun With Numbers: Ottawa Senators Bargains and Rip Offs

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Feb 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Colin Greening (14) carries the puck during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


Colin Greening

Cap Hit 2,293,817

Goals: 1 | Assists: 0 | Points: 1

Colin Greening had a very troubling season. He played in twenty six games and registered only one point. Greening averaged only 09:49 in ice time a game. Greening has a contract worth over two million dollars a year due to a season where he put up thirty seven points. $2 293 817 is the price tag Greening was paid for his lone point on the season. The Senators waived Greening late in January. What does the future hold for the 29 year old? I can not be certain, but am fairly sure it is not up with the big club.

Cost-per-point: $2 293 817

Zack Smith

Cap Hit 1,887,500

Goals: 2 | Assists: 1 | Points 3

Smith played in only thirty seven games this season. The twenty seven year old’s best season was in 2011-2012, where he had fourteen goals and twelve assists resulting in twenty six points. Smith was paid $629 166 per point. Some might argue that Smith’s role on the team is not to produce points, but I believe that is false. Smith was deployed in the defensive zone a fair amount, he had a 44.4 ZSO%. That still does not justify his low Corsi%. Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a 43.6 ZSO% and a 51.7 Corsi%. Smith’s Corsi% was only 47.1. Smith was simply not a very effective player last season.

Cost-per-point: $629 166

Chris Neil

Cap Hit 1,900,000

Goals: 4 | Assists: 3 | Points 7

Chris Neil has been an Ottawa Senator for quite some time. Neil has been a fan favourite since the 2001-2002 season. The Senators forward is paid more for his fisticuffs than his scoring ability. Neil only played in thirty eight regular season games. Neil was paid 271,428 per point he scored this season. It is interesting to see that Neil scored more points and cost the Senators less than Zack Smith. Neil is not ever going to deliver huge goal scoring numbers but it would be nice to see him not have the worst 2nd worst Corsi% on the team with a 45.2%.

Cost-per-point: $271 428

Cost-per-penalty-minute: $12 180

The Senators young studs have clearly been their biggest bargains in terms of finances. The worst players financially speaking are older depth players. Greening has a very unfortunate contract, Smith has never really been that useful, Neil is a classic long serving tough guy. Where will these Senators fit into the grand scheme of things next year? Only time will tell.

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