Friday, November 25, 2005

Fourth Line Logjam

I too, am guilty of picking on Mike Peca, who despite his defensive and faceoff prowess, is still overpaid at $4 million. But what about the idle bodies that comprise our barely-used fourth line?

Marty Reasoner...................... $650,000
Georges Laraque.................. $1,080,000
Todd Harvey.......................... $528,000
Krys Kolanos.......................... $540,000
Jani Rita ................................$450,000
Brad Winchester .....................$450,000

........................................$3, 698,000

Both Rita and Winchester are on way-contracts, which means they get paid the same if they get sent down to the AHL (Kolanos is, I believe, on a two-way contract). If I understand things correctly, most of 'em could be sent down but be claimed on the way back up through waivers, with the Oilers eating half of the salary. That's a bad thing.

How waivers is determined is entirely separate from one-way/two-way contracts: it's based on years as a pro (years signed by games played) and forgive me for not knowing for sure but Winchester (as per earlier this year) and Rita don't count.

So, uh, my point? We have too many fourth liners and we don't really need all of them.

The Oilers fourth line plays about 6 minutes a game, 5 of them in the first period. At some point I would get rid of three and pick up another veteran defenceman, if it's even possible. Marty is a keeper since he's not truly just a fourth liner; I have a soft spot for Georges and I've noticed Harvey more than the rest in the 20-30 minutes they've all played in October and November. Kolanos hasn't looked terrible but we haven't see much of him. The two guys that should have two-way contracts don't have em. Ugh. Whatta mess.

4 comments:

sacamano said...

Speaking of an expensive 4th line, it looks like Peca is going to be on it.

sacamano said...

The good news is that this will mean the reuniting of the RPM line.

mike w said...

Good for Reasoner. He's played well enough to deserve it. The fourth line is still a mess.

MikeP said...

I said this on hfboards too: not that you could have known this then, but forwards who are fourth on the team in icetime aren't fourth-liners, even if they do play centre between Laraque and Harvey. I don't know if the current version of the Peca-experiment will continue, but so far, he's not a fourth liner in my books.