NHL players are not paid based on their ability to try their hardest or be all that they can be.
These professional hockey players are at their jobs when fans tune in to watch. Simply enough, some just are not getting their job done.
This current season has been the source of many pleasant surprises across the NHL (See: Florida Panthers, Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel), but the league is filled with many disappointments as well (See: Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Blue Jackets).
Each team has at least one player who needs to do more.