When the Senators signed Alex Kovalev to a two-year, $10-million deal a couple of Julys ago, they probably would have been happy with 32 goals — in one season.
Unfortunately for the Senators, the enigmatic Russian scored those 32 goals over 1¾ seasons.
A look at what Kovalev’s totals (131 games, 76 points, 32 goals) cost the Senators:
Based on Kovalev being under contact in Ottawa for 142 games (he missed 11 games due to injury) out of a possible 164, the Senators paid him about $8.7 million.
That means Kovalev got $66,412.21 per game he played, or $114,473.68 per point or $271,875 per goal.
There’s only one word for that: Ugh!