Red Wings: 3 Bad Contracts That Will Haunt Detroit

PLYMOUTH, MI - FEBRUARY 15: Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper and Dan Cleary watch the game action between Sweden and Finland from a suite during the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament game at USA Hockey Arena (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
PLYMOUTH, MI - FEBRUARY 15: Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper and Dan Cleary watch the game action between Sweden and Finland from a suite during the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament game at USA Hockey Arena (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 06: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings takes a second period penalty for roughing Brendan Lemieux #48 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 06: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings takes a second period penalty for roughing Brendan Lemieux #48 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

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If you couldn’t guess this one, you’re not a Red Wings fan. Justin Abdelkader is making an absurd $4.25M per year for, wait for it, FOUR MORE YEARS.

Currently this season, Detroit is paying Abdelkader $1.46M per point and he’s yet to score a goal despite playing first and second line minutes earlier in the year.

You can’t trade Abdelkader unless you attach a high-end draft pick to a deal – and in a rebuild that’s even worse.

Abdelkader on the roster as the team continues to struggle will be an eye sore and reminder of bad contract after bad contract Holland dished out in the final few years of his Red Wings tenure.