Before the Washington Capitals reached the top of the hockey world, they made several mistakes along the way. I’m not just talking about on the ice but within the front office. These mistakes proved costly for the team financially as the Caps overpaid for these guys.
Sometimes though the Caps can get it right with their contracts. For example this summer when they extended Alex Ovechkin. Some people were negative about the deal but honestly it would’ve strapped the Caps if it was over 10 million. The fact he will be making $9.5 million per year allows the Caps to spend a little bit to remain competitive.
Anyway here’s the worst of the worst.
#5 Roman Hamrlik
Back in the summer of 2011, the Caps added veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik. They signed him to a two year deal worth $7 million. He did well in his first season of that contract so at the time it didn’t look bad. He had two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in 68 games while averaging 19:13 minutes of ice time.
The next year he struggled and part of it was due to the lockout shortened season. After recording just one assist he was waived by the Caps after just four games.