NHL Players: Offseason Losers

David HeereSenior Analyst IJuly 14, 2008

Today I will examine players that I consider to be "losers" from this offseason.

Losers- These are not bad players! These players may have not made a good choice in new teams. Side effects of being a loser include decreased point total or decreased role with their new team.


Sean Avery


I think any team would love a Sean Avery, Jared Boll, or STEVE OTT. Dallas decided it would be a good idea to have two.


Sean Avery moved away from the spotlight that he loves for the desert of Texas. Avery will now have to compete with Ott for drawing the ire of players.


I am not sure the points will be there for Avery either because Dallas has not been the most offensively explosive team lately outside of their top line. He may also not have his goofy exploits covered by ESPN as much and to him that is bad.


Pavel Demitra


You want to go to Vancouver? Do you think the Sedin Twins are going to bring your point totals up? Sorry Pavel, the Sedins will put up big numbers as usual, but you will not be a fixture on the top line.


Demitra went to the Canucks because he said he did not like Minnesota’s style of hockey and Vancouver is a winner.


I will pause for laughter.


You took a pay cut and did not get the contract you wanted with a team that is so desperate they offered $10 million a season to Mats Sundin. Demitra better hope Sundin does not take that contract because that would be just one more guy kicking him down into third line duty.


Wade Redden


The pressure of performing in Ottawa was too much for you? Redden will be eaten alive in New York. He was logging huge ice time in Ottawa because he was one of their only weapons on the blue line. Now Redden is going to have to compete for ice time with a bunch of hungry young players and guys that are comfortable with the media attention and New York fans.


Redden’s ice time will be down and he may spend some nights crying because this old lady outside of MSG told him he sucks and makes too much money.


Cristobal Huet


You left a team that was willing to kick out a long time goaltender to have you. You went to a team that has a starting goaltender in Nikolai Khabibulin.


I think I see Huet’s thought process: “make $5.625 million for only playing 30 games… sounds great!”


Unless there is something going to happen in the Windy City that we do not know about, I think he is going to not get as much playing time as he could have somewhere else. Huet also went from a very mediocre Southeast to a very potent division with a lot of young scorers and the defending Stanley Cup champions.