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The Most Overpaid Defenseman

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News at MetroNews Calgary,

Instead of discreetly picking on captain Jarome Iginla as the poster boy for underachievers, maybe coach Brent Sutter ought to try to squeeze a little more out of the player once known as Jay Bouwmeester.

Boo-meester has pretty much blended into the woodwork since arriving from Florida in 2009 and signing a five-year contract worth $33 million. Not since Wade Redden has a player fallen from Canadian Olympic team pedigree to ordinary so quickly. Redden, 33, is now in the AHL, making Boo-meester the most overpaid defenceman in the NHL.

At $6.68-million cap hit, Boo-meester is the third highest-paid defenceman in the NHL behind Brian Campbell ($7.142 million) and Zdeno Chara ($6.916 million).

The list of defencemen making less than Boo-meestar’s cap hit include Duncan Keith, Chris Pronger, Dan Boyle, Mike Green, Nicklas Lidstrom, Andrei Markov, and on and on.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

He may not have the best offensive numbers at the moment, but he’s still playing 26 or so minutes a night. His offensive woes reflect the rest of the team’s.

This kind of slam job is at the very least premature.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/03/10 at 07:00 PM ET

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