Avg % Avg % Forwards $33,220,239 58.5% 4.5% Defencemen $18,386,166 32.4% 4.6% Goaltenders $4,901,000 8.6% 4.3% Buyouts $515,000 0.9% Avg % Avg % Starting 6 $33,249,434 58.5% 9.8% Top F line $18,380,268 32.4% 10.8% Top six F $26,402,768 46.5% 7.7% Top D pair $10,610,833 18.7% 9.3% Top four D $15,692,500 27.6% 6.9% Starting G $4,258,333 7.5% 7.5% Bottom 11 $10,153,804 17.9% 1.6%
Okay. I ran the Kings numbers for comparison.
|Kings||Mirtle’s 5||$$ +/-|
|Top F line||31.8%||32.4%||-1.9MM|
|Top six F||46%||46.5%||-2.5MM|
|Top D pair||9%||18.7%||-5.9MM|
|Top four D||18.5%||27.6%||-6.1MM|
What I make of it:
Starting 6 – Kings are spending $11.4MM less on their “starting 6.” Why? Because O’Donnell is cheap and Quick is cheaper. In two or three years, Doughty will get a raise, O’Donnell will be replaced by someone making $3MM and Quick will get his adult contract, which ought to add about $6MM to this number. Which still leaves the Kings running about $5MM under the top5 teams.
Top forward line – Kings are on a par with Mirtle’s 5.
Top six forwards – ditto
Top D pair – As discussed above, this is due to Doughty’s entry level contract (albeit with bonuses) and SOD being a cheap, old dude. Presumably, Mirtle’s 5 have premium D-men in their prime.
Top 4 D – Difference is entirely due to the Doughty/SOD issue above. One can conclude from this that the Kings’ second pair D are on a par with Mirtle’s 5.
Starting G – Obviously, the Kings goalies are all on entry level contracts or close to it.
Bottom 11 – There are a couple of reasons the Kings appear to be over-spending on their bottom 11. The first reason is: they are. Handzus gets $4MM/year. That’s obviously high for a third line center. The second reason: Murray has the line playing more like a second line; the line as a whole is actually $300K more pricey than the second unit. Either way, the Kings’ second and third lines are quite balanced, which appears at first blush to be somewhat unusual (at least compared to the Mirtle 5). Certainly that fits with my general sense of the Kings forwards, which is that they are pretty balanced over three lines but, as is often noted by everyone, lack that one true superstar talent. Last season, the Kings often seemed to have a second line and two third lines, but no first. This year, so far, it’s better: a first, a great third, and a mediocre second.