NHL contracts can be a very tricky situation for each team’s management, especially when it comes to determining a player’s worth. A player can have a great first season, but drop into a dry spell for the next few years. He can get into a conflict with his teammates and that can affect his performance. He can get injured and come back never being the same player again. There are so many circumstances surrounding a player’s worth that I’m sure can be extremely stressful when trying to offer a guy the perfect contract that both sides can agree on.

One of the biggest obstacles surrounding a contract is determining how many years to offer a player. Most players want stability in their careers, so the longer the contract, the happier they are. But signing a player to a multi-year contract can be a huge gamble if their performance ends up suffering.

And there’s nothing more disappointing than signing a player to a multi-year contract worth many millions and they just don’t perform to their best of their ability and unfortunately the team is stuck with him unless they can get another team to take over the contract. This article will detail the worst contract on each NHL team in 2017.

31. Anaheim Ducks: Kevin Bieksa

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Kevin Bieksa is currently under a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks that’s worth $4 million each year. Last season, this 36-year-old defenseman tallied just 14 points in 81 games which ranked him fifth among his team’s blue liners. His average of hits per game (2.1) and blocked shots per game (1.2) ranked him fourth among all Ducks defensemen. He averaged just under 19 minutes of on-ice time per game, but didn’t see much action during the power play or the penalty kill, which was proven by him having no shorthanded points and just three points during the man advantage.

Bieksa isn’t known to be a big point-producing defenseman, but based on his other numbers as well, he’s definitely not living up to his $4 million a year contract which will finish in 2018. Not to mention the fact that he’s making the same amount of money as Cam Fowler who is a much better defenseman.

30. Arizona Coyotes: Jamie McGinn

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Jamie McGinn is currently under a three-year, $10 million contract with the Arizona Coyotes which will end in 2019 and holds an average annual salary of $3,333,333. Last season this 29-year-old left winger tallied just 17 points in 72 games which ranked him twelfth on the team. In fact, in all the seasons that he played at least 60 games, that was his lowest points total to date. Additionally, he had a -23 plus/minus rating, which was the second worst among all of his teammates and was his worst rating in his entire NHL career.

He still has two more years remaining on his contract with the Coyotes, but with his disappointing totals last season, he has not lived up to his salary of over $3 million per year.

29. Boston Bruins: Matt Beleskey

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Matt Beleskey is under a five-year, $19 million contract with the Boston Bruins which will expire in 2020 and holds an average annual salary of $3.8 million. This 29-year-old left winger definitely didn’t have a great season in 2016-17 with just 8 points in 49 games which included two power play assists. And his -10 plus/minus rating was one of the worst on the team. The only decent contribution he made to the Bruins was averaging two hits per game. He didn’t see a whole lot of ice time with one of the lowest averages on the team (13:15 minutes per game).

Last season, Beleskey produced the lowest amount of points since he started playing full time in 2009-10. And what’s even more disappointing than the fact that he’s getting almost $4 million a year is that he has a modified no trade clause included in his contract.

28. Buffalo Sabres: Zach Bogosian

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Zach Bogosian is under a seven-year, $36 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres which will expire in 2020 and holds an average annual salary of $5,142,857 along with a no trade clause. Last season this 27-year-old defenseman recorded just 11 points in 56 games which ranked him 15th among all of his teammates and 4th among all Sabres defensemen. He also had the second worst plus/minus rating on the entire team with a -17. And he wasn’t overly phenomenal with an average of 1.1 hits (ranked 15th) and 1.7 blocked shots (ranked 3rd) per game considering he averaged just over 20 minutes of ice time per game.

Although Bogosian isn’t known as a point-producing defenseman, he doesn’t stand out as being great in any one category, especially for being one of the top paid blue liners on the team.

27. Calgary Flames: Mike Smith

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Mike Smith is currently under a six-year, $34 million contract which will expire in 2019 and gives him an average salary of $5,666,667 per year, along with a no movement clause. He spent the last six seasons playing for the Arizona Coyotes, but was traded this summer to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Chad Johnson, Brandon Hickey and a third round draft pick. Last season with the Coyotes, this 35-year-old goaltender recorded just 19 wins in 55 games, along with a 2.92 goals against average. He let in at least four goals during 16 games.

With goaltending stats like that, it’s hard to believe he’s making over $5.5 million a year, especially since the Flames got rid of Johnson who is currently only making $2.5 million a year and had 18 wins in 36 games last season for them.

26. Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk

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Justin Faulk is currently under a six-year, $29 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes which will end in 2020 and carries an average salary of $4,833,333 per year. Although this 25-year-old did lead his team’s defensemen with 37 points last season, he also had the second-worst overall plus/minus rating on the entire team with a -18. In fact, in his entire career so far, the only season where he finished with a plus/minus rating that wasn’t in the minuses was in 2012-13 when he finished with a +1. As for last season, while he did deliver a decent amount of hits (an average of 1.6 hits per game), he was less than impressive with an average of 1.1 blocked shots per game which ranked him pretty low among all Hurricanes defensemen considering he had the second highest amount of on-ice time per game (23:08 minutes).

25. Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews

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Jonathan Toews is currently under an eight-year, $84 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks which will end in 2023 and gives him an average salary of $10.5 million per year. Last season this 29-year-old center recorded 58 points in 72 games which ranked him third on the team. He was also ranked third in shots on goal (199) and second in power play points (17).

There’s no denying that Toews is a very talented player, but with an average annual salary of over $10 million, he should be producing much bigger numbers. In fact, in his ten-year NHL career thus far, he only averaged over a point a game one time in 2012-13 when he produced 48 points in 47 games. And just for comparison, his teammate Patrick Kane has the same contract of $10.5 million per year and he has averaged at least a point a game seven times in his ten-year career.

24. Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov

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Semyon Varlamov is currently under a five-year, $29.5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche which will expire in 2019 and holds an average salary of $5.9 million per year. This 29-year-old goaltender definitely struggled last year with just 6 wins in 24 games and had a goals against average of 3.38 – the worst GAA of his nine-year NHL career thus far. As a matter of fact, he let in five or more goals eight times last season.

His last game last season was on January 17, 2017 and a few days later he underwent hip surgery. So far in his career, he has produced at least 20 wins during four seasons, so hopefully he can fully recover from the surgery and he will come back to another 20+ win season or else his hefty contract will end up being a waste.

23. Columbus Blue Jackets: Brandon Dubinsky

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Brandon Dubinsky is under a six-year, $35.1 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets which will expire in 2021 and holds an average annual salary of $5.85 million along with a no movement clause. Last season this 31-year-old center recorded 41 points in 80 games, which ranked him 8th on the team. He was decent on faceoffs with a 51.7 win percentage. He also led the team with 248 hits. However, he only averaged 17:53 of ice time per game, which is the lowest since he started playing for the Blue Jackets in 2012-13.

Dubinsky is a good player, but unfortunately, his 41 points last season wasn’t overly impressive, especially for a guy who can produce at least 50 points in a season which he has already done twice in his career. And for averaging almost $6 million a year as one of the top paid players on the team, he should be racking up more points than what he did last year.

22. Dallas Stars: Jason Spezza

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Jason Spezza is currently under a four-year, $30 million contract with the Dallas Stars which will expire in 2019 and gives him $7.5 million per season. This 34-year-old center finished last season with 50 points in 68 games which ranked him third on his team. He had 19 power play points which also ranked him third. His plus/minus rating, however, was the second worst on the entire team with a -18. And that was the second worst plus/minus rating in his fourteen-year NHL career. In fact, in his three seasons he has spent with the Stars so far, last season (2016-17) he recorded his lowest amount of regulation points, power play points, shots on goal, and plus/minus rating. That’s not very reassuring for one of the highest paid players on the team who still has two years remaining on his very expensive contract.

21. Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader

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Justin Abdelkader is currently under a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings which will end in 2023 and has an average salary of $4.25 million per year. Last season this 30-year-old left winger tallied just 21 points in 64 games which ranked him tenth on the team. He also had one of the worst plus/minus ratings on the team with a -20. And he was one of only five players on the team who racked up at least 50 penalty minutes. He did, however, deliver the second highest amount of hits on the team with 144, but he needs to do more than that to earn his generous salary. With six years left on his contract, hopefully he’ll do a lot better than he did last season in which he had the lowest amount of points since 2012-13 and the worst plus/minus rating in his entire ten-year NHL career.

20. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is currently under a six-year, $42 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers which will expire in 2021 and holds an annual salary of $6 million per year. Last year this 24-year-old center recorded 43 points in 82 games which ranked him fifth on the team. He also had 11 power play points which only ranked him 8th. In addition, he had the worst overall plus/minus rating on the entire team with a -10.

So far in his six-year NHL career, he has had three seasons in which he racked up over 50 points. As a matter of fact, he did that in three of his first four seasons. Based on his totals last season, his numbers should have been much better considering he’s one of the top paid players on the Oilers roster.

19. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad

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Aaron Ekblad signed an eight-year, $60 million contract extension with the Florida Panthers which begins this upcoming NHL season (2017-18) and holds an average annual salary of $7.5 million. Last season this 21-year-old defenseman recorded his worst numbers yet with just 21 points in 68 games and had the worst plus/minus rating on the entire team with a -23. And he wasn’t overly impressive with his 62 blocked shots and 88 delivered hits. He averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game and almost three minutes of power play time, so he had lots of time to make things happen, but unfortunately his numbers last year didn’t reflect it. And considering he’ll be making $7.5 million a year, he should be thriving in every defensive category.

18. Los Angeles Kings: Marian Gaborik

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Marian Gaborik is under a seven-year, $34,125,000 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings which will end in 2021 and makes an average salary of $4.875 million per year. Last season this 35-year-old right winger tallied just 21 points in 56 games which ranked him eleventh on the team and had a -4 plus/minus rating. His numbers are definitely not what you’d expect for a player making almost $5 million a year. In fact, in his last two seasons combined, he recorded just 43 points and a -10 rating in 110 games.

Gaborik is a player who, in 16 NHL seasons, he has racked up over 50 points during seven different seasons. He has definitely been struggling the last couple of years, and unless the Kings can unleash him, they’ll be stuck with him for another four seasons.

17. Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise

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Zach Parise is currently in a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild which will expire in 2025 and holds an annual average salary of $7,538,462 along with a no movement clause. Last season this 33-year-old left winger recorded 42 points in 69 games, which ranked him 8th on the team. He also had the second worst plus/minus rating among his teammates with a -3.

In his twelve-year NHL career thus far, Parise racked up over 50 points during eight of those seasons, including three consecutive seasons from 2013-14 to 2015-16. That’s why his 42 points last season was quite disappointing considering how well he did the previous three years. Luckily for him, he has eight more seasons to reach the 50 point mark again. And with an annual salary of over $7.5 million, racking up the points is going to be expected from him.

16. Montreal Canadiens: Tomas Plekanec

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Tomas Plekanec is in a two-year, $12 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens which will end after this upcoming 2017-18 season. Last season this 34-year-old center recorded just 28 points in 78 games which ranked him 12th on the team. That was the lowest amount of points he produced in the 12 seasons he spent as a full time member of the Canadiens. And this is a player who had six seasons where he racked up over 50 points. Last season he averaged just 16:49 minutes of ice time per game which is quite disappointing considering he’s accustomed to playing around 20 minutes per game. In fact, he hadn’t seen this little ice time since 2006-07 when he averaged just 15:58 minutes.

For averaging $6 million a year, Plekanec should be producing a lot more than 28 points in a season.

15. Nashville Predators: P.K. Subban

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P.K. Subban is currently under an eight-year, $72 million contract with the Nashville Predators which will end in 2022 and holds an average annual salary of $9 million. Last season, this 28-year-old defenseman produced 40 points in 66 games which ranked him second among his team’s blue liners. He had the second highest amount of ice time with an average of 24:24 minutes per game and averaged over two minutes per game of power play and penalty kill time. In fact, he ranked second among Nashville’s defensemen with 16 power play points. On the other hand, he was wasn’t overly impressive when it came to delivering hits (1.2 per game) and blocking shots (1.6 per game). He also had the second worst plus/minus rating on the entire team with a -8.

There’s no doubt that Subban is a talented player, but is he really worth $9 million a year?

14. New Jersey Devils: Cory Schneider

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Cory Schneider is currently under a seven-year, $42 million contract with the New Jersey Devils which will end in 2022 and holds an average annual salary of $6 million, along with a no trade clause. Last season this 31-year-old goaltender earned 20 wins in 60 games, along with a 2.82 goals against average. His number of wins last season was the lowest since 2013-14 and his goals against average was the worst of his entire NHL career since he started playing full time in 2010-11. In fact, last season he let in four or more goals during 17 games.

The good news for Schneider is that he still has five more seasons to start racking up more wins. Unfortunately for the Devils, they’re going to be stuck with him no matter what if he does, good or bad, because of his no-trade clause.

13. New York Islanders: Andrew Ladd

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Andrew Ladd is currently under a seven-year, 38.5 million contract with the New York Islanders, which will expire in 2023 and holds an annual average salary of $5.5 million, along with a no movement clause. Last season this 31-year-old left winger recorded 31 points in 78 games which ranked him 7th on the team. He also had a -14 plus/minus rating which was the second worst among all of his teammates. In fact, that was his worst plus/minus rating in the 12 seasons that he has been playing in the NHL. And in the seasons where he has played at least 70 games, last season was his lowest points total. That’s pretty disappointing for a guy who is averaging over $5 million a year; not to mention the fact that he has had four 50+ point seasons in his career.

12. New York Rangers: Rick Nash

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Rick Nash is currently under an eight-year, $62.4 million contract with the New York Rangers which will end in 2018 and holds an average annual salary of $7.8 million, as well as a no trade clause. Last season this 33-year-old winger recorded 38 points in 67 games which ranked him 9th on the team. He also only averaged 16:27 minutes of ice time per game which is the lowest since he came to the Rangers in 2012. He also only recorded 9 power play points last year (ranked 7th on the team) considering he averaged two minutes of ice time per game during the man advantage.

His numbers definitely suffered last year considering he’s a guy who had nine seasons where he racked up over 50 points in his fourteen-year NHL career.

11. Ottawa Senators: Bobby Ryan

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Bobby Ryan is currently in a seven-year, $50.75 million contract with the Ottawa Senators which will expire in 2022 and holds an average annual salary of $7.25 million. Last season this 30-year-old right winger tallied just 25 points in 62 games which ranked him tenth on the team. That was the lowest amount of points he has produced in a season since his first year in the NHL when he recorded 10 points in 23 games in 2007-08. And this is a player who racked up 50+ points in six of his ten seasons in the NHL.

As for his time on the ice, he averaged just 15:32 minutes per game last season which is the lowest since he started playing for the Senators in 2013. He did, however, see almost two and a half minutes of ice time during the power play, but tallied just 5 points. Not very impressive for averaging over $7 million a year.

10. Philadelphia Flyers: Andrew MacDonald

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Andrew MacDonald is currently under a six-year, $30 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers which will end in 2020 and holds an average annual salary of $5 million. Last season this 30-year-old defenseman tallied 18 points in 73 games which ranked him sixth among his team’s blue liners. He did, however, have an average of 2.1 blocked shots per game which ranked him third on the team. He had the third highest amount of ice time per game with 20:06 minutes and was one of the top penalty killers with just under 3 minutes per game.

MacDonald’s numbers aren’t too bad, but considering he’s the highest paid defenseman on the team, that’s not very reassuring since Gostisbehere, Provorov and Gudas all performed better than he did last season.

9. Pittsburgh Penguins: Carl Hagelin

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Carl Hagelin is currently under a four-year, $16 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins which will end in 2019 and holds an average annual salary of $4 million as well as a modified no trade clause. Last season this 28-year-old left winger tallied just 22 points in 61 games which ranked him 15th on the team. In fact, that was his lowest points total in his entire NHL career thus far. Despite being one of their top penalty killers with an average of 2:15 minutes per game, he only saw a total average of 15:29 minutes per game last year which was around a minute less than his ice time the previous season.

You’d think that Hagelin would be tallying a lot more points for being the top paid left winger on the team.

8. San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton

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Joe Thornton signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the San Jose Sharks for the 2017-18 season and includes a no movement clause. This 38-year-old center has been in the NHL for nineteen seasons and racked up at least 50 points in sixteen of those seasons. Last season, he produced 50 points in 79 games which ranked him fifth on the team. He also had 19 power play points which ranked him third.

There’s no denying that Thornton is a fantastic player, but given his age and the fact that his points total last season was a big drop from the previous years, is he really worth $8 million for one season? In fact, the only other player on the Sharks roster who is even close to Thornton’s salary is Brent Burns who also makes $8 million a year but was also the highest point producing defenseman in the league last year.

7. St. Louis Blues: Jay Bouwmeester

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Jay Bouwmeester is currently under a five-year, $27 million contract with the St. Louis Blues which will end in 2019 and holds an average annual salary of $5.4 million as well as a no trade clause. Last season, this 33-year-old defenseman recorded just 15 points in 81 games which ranked him 5th among his team’s blue liners. He wasn’t overly great with an average of 1.4 blocked shots per game, which also ranked him 5th. He did see a lot of ice time with an average of over 22 minutes per game and was one of the top penalty killers with an average of just under three minutes per game.

His numbers don’t stand out as being phenomenal by any means, so is he really worth over $5 million a year? Although he’s not known as point producing defenseman, he is certainly capable of recording decent numbers as he had five 30+ point seasons in his career.

6. Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan

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Ryan Callahan is currently under a six-year, $34.8 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning which will end in 2020 and holds an annual salary of $5.8 million as well as a no movement clause. Last season, this 32-year-old right winger only played 18 games because of an injury, but tallied just 4 points, along with a -4 plus/minus rating. He did, however, deliver 48 hits which ranked him first on the team with an average of 2.7 hits per game. He was injured last season, so it’s hard to analyze his stats for the year, but he wasn’t much better the previous year (2015-16) with just 28 points in 73 games.

With three years left on his contract and making almost $6 million a year – not to mention the no movement clause – let’s hope that he can find his way back to the score sheet.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs: Joffrey Lupul

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Joffrey Lupul is currently in a five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs which will end after this upcoming 2017-18 season and holds an average annual salary of $5.25 million along with a modified no-trade clause. Unfortunately this 33-year-old winger hasn’t played a NHL game since February 6, 2016 and shortly after had surgery to repair a sports hernia. He is still not physically ready to return to the game.

During his time with the Leafs (beginning with the 2010-11 season), he has totalled 182 points in 280 games, which included the best season so far of his career in 2011-12 when he racked up 67 points in 66 games. But has Lupul played his final NHL game? With one year remaining on his contract, we will just have to wait and see. Hopefully it won’t be another wasted year.

4. Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin

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Henrik Sedin is currently in a four-year, $28 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks which will expire at the end of this upcoming 2017-18 season and holds an average annual salary of $7 million as well as a no movement clause. Last season, this 36-year-old center recorded 50 points in 82 games which ranked him second among his teammates, however, his -27 plus/minus rating was the worst on the entire team. He also had just 99 shots on goal which ranked him eleventh. He did see the most ice time among all Canucks forwards last year (19:02 per game). He also saw the most time during the power play and did produce a team-leading 15 points during the man advantage.

On the other hand, his 50 points last season was the lowest he produced in the last three seasons, and his -27 rating was by far the worst of his entire career.

3. Vegas Golden Knights: Mikhail Grabovski

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Mikhail Grabovski signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the New York Islanders which will end after this upcoming 2017-18 NHL season and is worth an average annual salary of $5 million. However, the Islanders made a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights which sent Grabovski, Jake Bischoff and two draft picks to the new franchise in exchange for expansion considerations. Grabovski didn’t play last season due to an injury, but the previous year (2015-16) this 33-year-old center tallied 25 points in 58 games. In fact, in both season combined that he spent with the Islanders, he recorded just 44 points in 109 games. Those are pretty disappointing numbers considering he had two consecutive seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he produced over 50 points.

Since Grabovski missed all of last season due to a concussion, it’s a gamble on how well he’ll do in Vegas or whether he’ll even play at all.

2. Washington Capitals: Brooks Orpik

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Brooks Orpik is currently under a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals which will end in 2019 and holds an average annual salary of $5.5 million. Last season, this 36-year-old defenseman recorded just 14 points in 79 games which ranked him sixth among his team’s blue liners. He did, however, have a +32 plus/minus rating which was the highest on the entire team. He delivered an average of 2.3 hits per game which ranked him first among their defensemen, but he was ranked third with 1.7 blocked shots per game. He also saw the least amount of ice time in the three years he has spent so far with Washington with an average of just 17:47 minutes per game (ranked 6th).

Although Orpik could try to tally a few more points, he’s not a bad defenseman, but is he really worth $5.5 million a year as one of the highest paid defensemen on the team?

1. Winnipeg Jets: Tobias Enstrom

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Tobias Enstrom is currently in a five-year, $28.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets which will expire at the end of this upcoming 2017-18 season and holds an average annual salary of $5.75 million a year as well as a no movement clause. Last season this 32-year-old defenseman tallied just 14 points in 60 games, which ranked him 5th among his team’s blue liners. In fact, that was his lowest number of points produced in his entire career – a ten-year career that included six 30+ point seasons. He also had a -7 plus/minus rating last season which was the worst among all Jets defensemen. And he ranked pretty low among his team’s defenders in both hits (0.4 per game) and blocked shots (1.6 per game).

For being one of the highest-paid defensemen on his team, Enstrom definitely didn’t play to his full ability last season.

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