The Almost Million Dollar Men: Part One

This is part one of the three-part series, “The Almost Million Dollar Men”

In an off-season dominated by chatter surrounding highly paid Free Agents, both Restricted and Unrestricted, there are a group of players who have been underrepresented. These are the players who make less than $1 million per season, and it’s easy to see why people don’t spend much time considering them.
This season, any player who makes less than $1,075,000 can be loaned to the minors without leaving any impact on their NHL club’s salary cap. Players in this category typically bounce around from team to team before they have a respectable season and stick with one organization.
On top of that, there is a lot of uncertainty as to whether or not they play a single NHL game for their team, since a bad performance at training camp could mean waivers, and waivers could mean that the player packs their bags and heads to another NHL city.
I want to reiterate that point early in this article; that training camp performance could drastically change expectations for every player on this list.
So, why should you read an article about the least valuable (in dollars) players on …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

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