His contract was excessive. An expert on NHL – NHL – Hockey – Sport criticized the ax harshly

Overseas expert Mehtab Singh Bains from the portal The Hockey Writers included the arrival of hockey defenseman Andrej Sekera in Edmonton among the ten worst transactions made by former Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli.

in 2015, he brought in the already experienced defenseman and signed him to a contract for six years with an average annual salary of 5.5 million dollars.

“After Chiarelli arrived at the club, it was evident that he needed a defender in the first pair, so he brought in Sekera. It is well known that his signing did not bring the team the long-term results that were expected,” said Bains, adding that the Slovak’s performances were also affected by injuries.

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“Personally, I never agreed with this contract, because Sekera did not show the skills of an elite defender and you expect such for 33 million. Right after his arrival, he was considered the savior of the defense and a lot was expected of him,” recalled the expert about the arrival of the 2012 world vice-champion in Edmonton.

As a result, he criticized his previous statistics in the NHL. “Only once did he have a double-digit number of plus points and goals. And only in the 2013/14 season in Carolina jersey did he score more than 30 points. “Many believe that Sekera could have repeated these performances if he had not had so many injuries. He was an asset to the Oilers in the 2016/2017 season. However, he struggled in his first year in Edmonton, as did the entire team,” continued Bains.

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According to him, the six-year contract for 33 million dollars was excessive for the Slovak. “Injuries are a part of sports, but Seker’s contract cut a large part of the team’s budget and his engagement did not go according to expectations, which falls on the head of the general manager and the club’s leadership,” added the expert.

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