(Hat-tip to ManInTheBox for pointing me to this story.).
The Copper And Blue blog is the Oilers version of Ontheforecheck.com . The Oilers AHL team is the Oklahoma City Barons, a team that one might argue stocked up on 4A players, and spent some good cash to get them.
So with the help of capgeek.com, they put together some spreadsheets of each team’s opening night payroll for the conference. I encourage you to check it out, as the info is very interesting.
Some payrolls are high due to one-way contracts — Michael Nylander is making 3-mil to play in Rochester this year. But even taking him out of the equation, Rochester is still paying two players over $200,000.
The Wolves have 8 players making over $100k. Patrick Rissmiller (you may remember him from the game tying goal on Friday night) is making a million, Jason Krog is making $550k, Drew MacIntyre at $500k, and Darren Haydar 200k. Does this make them the Yankees of the division?
Just the salaries of Rissmiller and Krog eclipse that of the entire Admirals roster.
Tough to find any kind of correlation between payroll and team performance so far…we’re just too early in the season and the sample size is way too small. But let’s revisit this after teams play about 20 games. I’m hopeful that the smaller payrolls will make some noise and that playing with heart will elevate their performance. Tough to say how much heart 4A players still have once they’ve realized that they’re likely to be 4A players for awhile.