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by Paul on 09/02/10 at 09:45 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Free agent Patrick O’Sullivan will still be paid about $450,000 US this season and next, even if he doesn’t play anywhere else in 2010-11 after the Edmonton Oilers bought out his contract earlier this summer.
However, the winger is better off than Ryan Potulny, Mike Comrie, Brendan Morrison, Marek Svatos, Ruslan Fedotenko, Jeff Halpern, Miroslav Satan and older forwards Bill Guerin and Owen Nolan, who are also looking for work these days, but aren’t getting paid while they wait for the phone to ring. Indeed, these are tough times for free agents everywhere.
But has O’Sullivan’s stock dropped so far that there’s not one team that will give him $500,000? He’s only 25. He has 149 points in 280 career NHL games.
Granted, he was dreadful last year with the Oilers, with fewer points (34) than his plus-minus rating of minus-35—worst in the NHL.
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