I got to thinking a little bit about Chris Drury during my 50-minute commute home last night.
Specifically, about a Sunday in the summer of 2007. I was on my way to work that evening when I heard the news that the Rangers had signed Drury AND Scott Gomez to massive free-agent contracts. I walked into the office and proclaimed that the Rangers would be the 2007-08 Stanley Cup champs.
Those contracts — while not quite Reddenesque — turned out to be dreadful. I should have known better at the time. These are the Rangers, after all. (Actually, these WERE the Rangers. I think we’re now all enjoying their commitment to building a foundation with young, homegrown talent.)
Anyway, a few hours after I got home last night, I happened to see some highlights from the hockey game that broke out at the fight between the Bruins and Canadiens. Watching Tim Thomas and Carey Price wrestle made me think of our Islander friend Rick “Glass Jaw” DiPietro. Brent Johnson’s speed bag easily has the worst contract in NHL history. He’s basically getting paid thousands per save, and he’ll be collecting until his Social Security kicks in. Where do I sign up?
That, of course, got me to thinking about another brutal Islander contract, the one handed out to Mr. Carol Alt. Alexei Yashin, of course, was the Daniel Boone of bad NHL contracts. He was largely a waste thereafter, although I’m sure he’s living happily ever after somewhere.
I stopped thinking too much after that, because I never would have gone to bed, and I wouldn’t be able to get any work done today, so I’m throwing this open to all of you. What are some of the worst contracts you can think of? They could be in any sport — I don’t discriminate. The puck drops now. Play nice.