Last year Ales Kotalik scored 43 pts in 79 games. This put him in 63rd place in the league among wingers. His salary for the season was 2.5 million which was tied for 56th for wingers tied with 8 others. Does this mean he was overpaid for his production and is he worth this much or more in a contract extension?
Out of the 62 wingers that scored more points than Kotalik last season 25 of them had salaries below his. With this stat it seems there is a lot of cheaper help out there. Not so fast. Out of these 25, 6 were under contract for the next year at a reasonable rate. Of the 19 who signed new contracts, 2 were less than Kotalik(Mark Recchi, Andrew Brunnette), 2 were the same(Brad Boyes, Zach Parise), and 15 were more.
So the average salary of these new contracts is:
So what is Kotalik worth?
Last season there were 9 wingers within 3 pts and 6 games of Kotalik. Excluding Shanahan their salaries for this year range from 675 thousand to 4.7 million with an average salary of 2.92 million.
Looks to me like we should keep this guy around. It looks like he should receive an offer in the 2.5-3 million range unless he wants to play somewhere else. Who thinks we should keep him, and who thinks we should get rid of him?