Posts Tagged ‘boll


Pass the 40

Earlier this summer Jared Boll re-upped with the Blue Jackets for 2 more seasons at a reasonable cap hit of $725,000. As I mentioned at the time of his re-signing, Boll’s contract can be a very favorable one if he returns to the style that he used so effectively his rookie year, but if he continues on his downward slide, the contract isn’t an albatross.

Fred Brathwaite has played goaltender with 4 different NHL teams over 9 seasons, and his final stint in the NHL came with Columbus during the 2003-04 season. This music video (NSFW) makes me wish he was still around:

Again, NSFW, Brathwaite appears 2:12 in

Bill Bowler played 9 games during the Inaugural season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, his only appearance in the NHL. There is soooo little information available about this guy, consider that upon Google-ing “Bill Bowler” the second result was an author, the ability to find information on him was fairly hampered.

Both Brad Moran and Duvie Westcott wore #40, but both were featured yesterday, go check it out if you want to learn more.

Jaroslav Balastik appeared in 76 games with the Blue Jackets during the 2005-06, and 06-07 seasons. Prior to his NHL debut, Balastik was drafted during the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and had spent 8 seasons in the Czech Extraliga. Balastik seems to be one of the prospects that just plain fizzled out. After the 2006-07 season began in Syracuse for him it seems he bolted for the Swedish Elite League, and since that season has spent 3 seasons back with the Czech Extraliga.


Boll signs and Stralman Comparables

Maybe lightning will strike twice and the second Blue Jackets player planning on going to arbitration will sign the day I post about the comparable players and their respective salaries.

If you didn’t hear, today Jared Boll signed a 2-year contract extension (The Dispatch) with the Blue Jackets. The contract will pay an average of $725,000 ( each of the next two seasons (10-11 $700,000 11-12 $750,000).

To me this is a pretty fair contract especially if Boll can stay healthy the next two years. Since his rookie season he has not quite been the same player and being injured in this the common thread in each of the seasons since his rookie campaign.

I’m certain Howson & Co. were much closer to signing an agreed upon contract with Jared Boll and his agent than what is currently going on between Howson and Stralman’s camp.

Anton Stralman is currently 23 years old (soon to be 24) and at the end of his entry-level contract that paid an average of $731,667 per season. The final season of his contract is the only one in which Stralman did not spend time in the AHL after he was acquired at the beginning of the 09-10 season from Calgary for a 3rd round draft pick.

Here’s a look at Stralman’s stats and ranking in the NHL:

34 points was good for best point-producing-defensemen for the Blue Jackets, and put him at 7th best on the team overall. The big issue is not his production of points, but his tied-for-team-worst -17 on the season. Here’s a look at defensemen who’ve put up similar point totals and had a less than spectacular plus/minus.

Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers, 20 years old. Del Zotto is entering the 2nd year of his 3-year entry level contract that pays him $1,087,500 per season.

Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, 23 years old. Johnson is quickly evolving into one of the leagues best defensemen and is entering the final year of his contract paying him $1,425,000 per season.

Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes, 34 years old. As a veteran player Jovanovski is making much more than a lower-level young veteran would and is entering the final year of a contract paying $6,500,000 per season.

Tom Gilbert, Edmonton Oilers, 27 years old. Gilbert is entering the 3rd year of a 6-year contract with an average cap hit of $4,000,000 per season.

Dennis Wideman, Boston Bruins/Florida Panthers, 27 years old. Entering the 3rd year of a 4-year contract Wideman will finish out his contract with the Panthers while making $3,937,500 per season.

Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars, 33 years old. Recently signed to a 4-year contract extension with the Stars worth $3,300,000 per season.

Some of the players above are obviously not exactly what Stralman will be compared to, especially the veterans on long-term contracts, but it gives an idea how overpaid some guys can be, or underpaid for that matter.

I think Howson will end up “losing” this battle if he and Stralman do indeed make it to arbitration. Based on the point production, I definitely can see Stralman “winning” a contract in the neighborhood of $1.5-$2.2 million if it reaches the arby hearing.

To me, that’s a bit rich of a contract for a defensemen with questionable defensive abilities. If that’s the case I could see Howson letting Stralman walk-away and a trade made relatively quickly to replace the departure of important points from the blue-line.


Boll Comparables

Jared Boll ranked in the lower echelons of most statistical categories that matter to the fans and much more importantly the coaches and general manager.

Via, here are Jared Boll’s rankings on a couple major categories:

Now at the end of his 3-year entry-level contract, Boll’s contract was worth an average cap hit of $743,333 the past 3 years. Now 24 years old, Boll is no doubt looking for a little more job security.

Here’s a brief look at the players surrounding Boll with comparable Games Played, Goals, Assists, Total Points, Plus/Minus and PIM’s, as well as a look at the contracts those players have signed. I would expect these to be the players looked at when trying to find what Boll’s contributions are truly worth to the Blue Jackets.

Brian Boyle, New York Rangers, 25 years old. Boyle is signed to a 2-year contract worth $525,000

George Parros, Anaheim, 30 years old. Parros is known as a huge intimidator and is a star in his own right, something Boll wouldn’t necessarily match. Parros is in the midst of a 3-year contract worth $875,000

Rick Rypien, Vancouver, 26 years old. Rypien is in the midst of a 2-year contract worth $550,000

Tim Jackman, Calgary, 28 years old. Jackman recently signed a 2-year contract with the Flames worth $550,000

Tanner Glass, Vancouver, 26 years old. Glass just signed a 1-year contract with the Canucks worth $625,000

Frankly, I don’t see how Boll or his agent can justify arguing a salary increase when there are a slew of players who’ve played his role with far less money. If Boll or agent try to argue for the money Parros is making, Howson should surely laugh them out of the arbitration hearing.

On a side note, in my opinion Boll is a player that does not serve a purpose on this club. His scoring contribution isn’t necessary and when he goes to bat for another player he usually gets his ass kicked.

I would rather see a younger player get the chance to prove as more of an intimidating force for the Blue Jackets but it seems the fan girls do have a thing for Jared.

Lord help us if Howson gives Boll a raise.

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