NHL Free Agency Review - The Leino Scale

Ugh. Kenny has to somehow find a way to replace The Jesus. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

It’s time review some of the contracts handed out in terms of Ville Leino (see The Leino Scale explanation here).  Let’s get right to it:

Paul Guastad, Nashville, $3.25M for 4 years

Eh.  Obviously an extreme overpayment.  He’s a 4th line guy who solely exists to take faceoffs.  To be fair, he was 7th in the league in faceoff percentage last year (click here for leaders).   He also doesn’t get very many points, having had no more than 36 in his NHL career.  He does bring some value, but not nearly enough to justify that contract.

Leino rating:  4

Jonas Gustavsson, DETROIT, $1.5M for 2 years

Nice.  He struggled in Toronto, but will wave much less pressure with Detroit.  I would have liked it a little bit cheaper, but I want lots of things.  Also, his nickname is THE MONSTER and that’s fun.  Good move.

Leino rating:  2

Ray Whitney, Dallas, $4.5M for 2 years

Wow.  He’s 40 years old right now.  Today.  Wow.  He did have 77 points last season.  But still…he’s not young and I will almost bet anything he doesn’t come close to those numbers again this season or next season.  You can tell he’s just in it for the money because Dallas has no chance at a cup anytime soon unless something soon.  Wow.

Leino rating: 4.5

Filip Kuba, Florida, $4M for 2 years

Not horrible, but not fantastic.  Played a ton of shorthanded minutes, but doesn’t contribute much offensively.  He’s 35, so isn’t the youngest kid on the block.  It’s somewhat of an overpayment, but only two years so it’s not bad.

Leino rating: 3

Brandon Prust, Montreal, $2.5M for 4 years

Prust is one of those fourth line “glue” guys and will do a good job standing up for his teammates.  But to give him more than Helm for these stats is ridiculous.  46 points the last two years?  Nope!  It’s not a huge amount, but still an overpayment.

Leino rating: 3

PA Parenteau, Colorado, $4M for 4 years

Eh.  That’s all I Think of this one.  Eh.  Decent player but minimal track record and no playoff games.  I understand this is the market these days, I’m just not very comfortable with that much money.

Leino rating: 2.5

Sami Salo, Tampa Bay, $3.75M for 2 years

He’s 37 and hasn’t not hurt any part of his body.  While he has a cannon of a shot on the power play, and he is way past his prime.  It’s a 35+ contract, so if he gets hurt, the contract still stays on the cap (at least for the current CBA).  Not good.

Leino rating: 3.5

Bryan Allen, Anaheim, $3.5M for 3 years

Here are his stats.  That’s a lot of money for a fifth or sixth defenseman who doesn’t get very many points.  It’s a large overpayment, but the term isn’t horrible.  Still…not good.

Leino rating: 4

Mikael Samuelsson, DETROIT, $3M for 2 years

no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no.  HEY EVERYONE LET’S SHOOT THE PUCK 40 FEET WIDE THEN GO OFFSIDES ALL THE TIME. no no no no no no.  NO.

Leino rating: 9

Jordin Tootoo, DETROIT, $1.9M for 3 years

Really, Ken Holland?  WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?!?!?  Actually, it’s not the worst signing, just a little too much.

Leino rating: 3


Okay I quit now.  I extremely despise Samuelsson and I am very upset right now.  Please, go hide your baby, because I may try to punch it in the near future.

Dear Ryan Suter:  Please save my faith in Ken Holland.

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