#4 Chris Simon
Coming in at number four in our list is Chris Simon. Nothing against these players that we mention on here. It’s more a knock at spending the kind of money and it not being worth it is the name of the game.
Simon was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round in the 1990 NHL Draft at 25th overall. He later got traded to Quebec then to Colorado before they sent him to Washington prior to the 1996-97 season.
Simon was an enforcer but for one season he was a natural goal scorer. After scoring a combined 10 goals in his first two seasons, Simon led the team with 29 goals in the 1999-00 season. He then got a raise to $2.25 million, a contract that he earned. Despite that, his numbers went down.
Simon scored 10 goals the next season and 14 the year after that. In the 2002-03 season he had just two assists in 10 games with the Caps before the team traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Simon has struggled in life after hockey and four years ago filed for bankruptcy. He suffers from depression, anxiety and PTSD and we are praying for him that he gets out of this okay. Simon was in more than 100 fights in his NHL career and racked up 1,824 penalty minutes.