Like a devastating car crash that you can't turn away from, Kovalchuk's disappointing season doesn't need to be mentioned again, but I can't help myself. 41 games, 10 goals, 23 points, and a minus 29 rating for $100 million, and they get him for another 14 years...
San Jose's former captain has something more than his poor play in common with Kovalchuk; both signed monstrous contracts prior to this season. Just a coincidence? Or are Marleau's 30 points in 43 games, and minus 17 rating, more to do with the fact that he'll never need money again?
Yes, Gabo has been injured for part of this season, but that's to be expected. What's surprising is that he's well under a point-per-game when he's played (23 points in 30 games) and the Rangers are still doing well.
Savard, like Gaborik, has missed some time this year, but ever since the hit he took from Matt Cooke last March, that caused the NHL to institute Rule 48, he hasn't been the same. He has only six points and is a minus eight in just 19 games.
Jumbo Joe seems to be feeling the weight of wearing the "C" for the Sharks. He's had his worst start in over a decade, and has never had such a low plus/minus rating. Currently, Thornton's played 41 games, and has 10 goals and 35 points, to go with being a minus 12. Maybe he thinks it's playoffs?