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The Leino Scale – 2013 Edition

It’s that time of year again – when we laugh at all the horrible contracts signed by GM’s on UFA’s.  The Leino Scale is named after former Red Wing Ville Leino, who signed the most awesome contract in history.  And yet, Buffalo still isn’t buying him out.  Anyway.  Quick summary: a 1 is a good contract for the team, and a 5 is horrible, just like the Leino contract. 9,999,999 is any contract Mikael Samuelsson signs with my favorite team.

Source: nhlpa.com….so you can blame them for this horrifying picture

With that being said, let’s play the 2013 edition of The Leino Scale!

Vincent Lecavalier – Philly – $4.5 million a year for 5 years

He’s still a productive player, but five years is completely insane.  It’s a good contract for two years, meh for three, ehhhhh for four, and almost total crap for five on a team with below average defense and Steve Mason as a goaltender on its team.  Also, a full no movement clause?  Uhhh……

Oh yeah, it’s Philly.  They’ll end up trading him somehow anyway.  See Richards, Mike and Carter, Jeff.

Leino Scale rating: 4

Danny Briere – Montreal – $4 million a year for 2 years 

I like this move for the Habs.  Briere is still a pretty good player and plays better in the playoffs. The cap hit is pretty good for a second line forward, which is what Briere is at this point on his career.  Only being a two-year deal is what makes this a way better move than Lecavalier.

Leino Scale rating: 2

Mike Ribeiro – Phoenix – $5.5 million a year for 4 years

I would like to thank the Coyotes for signing Rebeiro so he didn’t come to the Wings.  He’s not a bad player, but I don’t think he’s a good top line guy.  Plus, he’s 33, which means the last year or so won’t be very good.

Leino Scale rating: 3.5

Nathan Horton – Columbus – $5.3 million a year for 7 years

Horton was probably the best forward on the market this year.  It became public that he didn’t want to play in a “traditional hockey market” so he decided to go to Columbus.  The BJ’s are no longer a laughing-stock, so it’s not a horrible move.  The contract is a little much for a guy who is hurt, but the cap hit is pretty low and Horton is only 28.  I’m surprisingly okay with this move.

Leino Scale rating: 2.5

David Clarkson – Toronto – $5.25 million a year for 7 years

So…basically the same contract as Horton for a player who is not nearly as good.  Oh yeah, it’s Toronto.  Clarkson has only had a couple of “good” offensive seasons and even when he’s on, he’s only a second line guy.  Not a fan of this signing.  He’s 29 right now, so after year 4 or 5, this will be a horrible contract for the Leafs.  Too bad it wasn’t Kelly Clarkson…love her.

Leino Scale rating: 4

Valtteri Filppula – Tampa Bay – $5 million a year for 5 years

Detroit refused to pay this amount.  He’s worth between $3.5 and $4 million a year, but at least contract is only for 5 years and not 7.  Look for the patented Fil move:  Skate down the right side, stop, wait, and shoot the puck into the defenseman’s shin pads.  If it ain’t broke, don’t…..fix it?

Leino Scale rating: 3.5

Ryane Clowe – New Jersey – $4.85 million a year for 5 years

This is what you call an over-reactionary signing.  “OMG WE’RE LOSING CLARKSON LET’S SIGN SOMEONE BIG YARRRRRG”.  Clowe had 3 goals last season.  I’m not making this up.  Yeah, he’s big, but isn’t that…good.  Horrible signing, both in money and term.

Leino Scale rating: 4.5

Andrew Ference – Edmonton – $3.25 million a year for 4 years

I really like this signing for Edmonton.  It’s a bit long for a 34-year-old, but they need a huge upgrade on D, and this will help.

Leino Scale rating: 2

Rob Scuderi – Pittsburgh – $3.375 million a year for 4 years

Another good defensive signing.  Pittsburgh needs defensive help (or just a goalie who doesn’t suck in the playoffs).  Hard to make fun of this one.

Leino Scale rating: 2

Viktor Stalberg – Nashville- $3 million a year for 4 years

Not going to lie, he was my dark horse guy to come to the Wings…at a reasonable price, which is exactly half of what he signed for in Nashville.  He sucked in the playoffs and has never been a big goal scorer.  Nashville would have been better off spending a bit more on someone who can actually score a goal more than here and there.

Leino Scale rating: 4

Jarome Iginla – Boston – $6 million for one year

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Leino Scale rating: 3.5

And now, let’s analyze Detroit’s UFA moves so far:

Daniel Alfredsson – 1 year – $3.5 (+2M in bonus) million

I did not want them to make this deal.  Throughout the day, I became slowly less against it.  Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t *like* it, but I just plain “nothing” it now.  Basically, he replaces Brunner in a roundabout way.  It’s a but much for my liking, but for only one year, hard to argue against it.

Leino Scale rating: 3

Stephen Weiss – 5 years – $4.9 million

In my opinion, he’s better than Fil and for a little cheaper.  He’s had some 20 goal seasons playing on the top line with minimal support.  Now he’ll have players to play with and won’t be against the other teams top line.  I think he’s a great fit for the second line.

Leino Scale rating: 1.5

Luke Glendening – 1 year – ? (two-way contract and probably for close to league minimum)

One of the best players for Grand Rapids during the Griffins run to the Calder Cup title.  Could be a possible 4th line call up.  He’s what you would call a “worker” and “team guy”.  Good depth signing that probably makes Emmerton expendable.

Leino Scale rating: 1

If the Wings go any more signings, I will update this post or do a new one.  Feel free to yell at me on twitter (@KevinN37) and tell me how wrong I am.  Until next time…

GO WINGS!!

One response to “The Leino Scale – 2013 Edition

  1. Too Too July 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This post is shite on scale 1 of 1

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