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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.


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