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|Todd Bertuzzi signed a two-year, $8-million deal with the Anaheim Ducks before the start of the 2007-08 season.|
OK, so the Flyers finished dead last in the NHL last season in goals against and points. So, the solution is throwing Bobby Orr-type cash at Kimmo Timonen? If you think we're exaggerating, keep in mind Timonen's 2007-08 salary would be the highest on 10 other NHL teams. The two-time All-Star is a crafty defenseman with better-than-average skills. He can quarterback the power play and is durable. The downside -- he is undersized and has never helped elevate a team to greatness. Timonen has never been on a team that has won a playoff series and it's unlikely he will ever live up to the huge dollars he is receiving in Philly. 6. Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes Contract: $6.5 million per season through 2010-11 Ed Jovanovski is still a physical presence on the ice and has good mobility and a great shot, but something doesn't add up. Only Steve McCarthy of the Thrashers has a worse plus/minus than Jovanovski. He always faces the other teams' best players; but, so far, the 31-year-old is failing the test. The Coyotes are last in their division and seem destined to miss the playoffs again. The four-time All-Star has a history of injuries, making you wonder how this deal will look in a few years when Jovanovski is older and less durable.
|Brad Richards has never had a 30-goal or 100-point season in his NHL career.|