Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/15/13 at 10:50 AM ET
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
In terms of actual money, no member of the Ottawa Senators is being paid more this season than Milan Michalek.
The winger is making $6 million in 2013-14 – although his cap hit is only $4.3 million. He is in the final year of a back-loaded deal he signed with the San Jose Sharks prior to the 2008-09 season.
Michalek has only three goals in 18 games so far this season and is sporting a team-worst minus-seven rating. Prorated over the course of a full season, this would translate into just 14 goals and mark the worst offensive output of his NHL career.
In the 2011-12 campaign, Michalek led the Sens with a career-high 35 goals and was one of their most consistent players. But this year, Michalek is like many other players on the roster who is struggling to find his game.
"I know I haven't been good. I have to be better and everyone is expecting me to score," Michalek told a handful of reporters on Thursday. "It's frustrating right now and hopefully it's going to turn around soon."
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