You Make the Call: Smartest spenders

September, 3, 2012
9/03/12
9:09
AM ET
It is easy to spend money, but spending your money wisely is a much more challenging task.

Injuries, team chemistry, plain bad luck all play in to it. But in the end, every general manager could lose his job because of one bad contract.

The Buffalo Sabres spent a lot of money before the 2011-12 season and had the second highest payroll in the league, so finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference wasn't exactly what they were going for.

The St. Louis Blues had the eighth lowest payroll last season and almost won the Western Conference.

Bloomberg Businessweek put out its annual ranking of the smartest spenders in sports. The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings were sixth best among NHL teams.

Smartest spenders:
1. Detroit Red Wings
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
3. Boston Bruins
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. San Jose Sharks

Worst spenders:
1. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Edmonton Oilers
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. Calgary Flames
5. Minnesota Wild

Now it is time for you to weigh in. Which teams are the smartest spenders in the NHL? And who needs to hire a new accountant?

Tell us what you think in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter @ESPN_NHL or @sarahgold8.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?