When the Oilers renewed Andy Sutton for a year, I made what I thought was a pretty compelling argument that they’d overpaid him by at least $750K. I also indicated that I’d follow up on this as the summer went along. With the season now complete, I can draw up the list of comparable guys (UFA, at least 40 GP, between 14-17 minutes a night) to follow as the free agent signing season progresses. It is as follows:
Of note: the Minnesota Wild re-upped Clayton Stoner immediately after the season ended. Stoner, who is 27, was to be a UFA. He’s played more games and had more TOI than Sutton over the past two years. He’s younger. He got $1.05MM for two years. That is considerably…less than Sutton got.
Also of note: the Oilers and Ryan Smyth appear to be locked in some sort of battle over how much he should get paid next year. It’s apparent to me that I rate Smyth a little more than the average Oilers fan at this stage of his career but whether it’s Smyth or someone else, that $750K burned on Sutton could have been used to get a top nine guy who can play tough minutes.
Oh well. Coaching was the problem anyway.