Habs 6th in Bang-4-the-Buck Rating
GM Marc Bergevin may have won plenty of admirers for his worst-to-first turnaround of the Habs, but he still is not even Top 5 in the NHL for Salary Cap Bang for the Buck.
The Canadiens rank 6th overall in a CJAD analysis of "Bang4theBuck" ratings NHL clubs in points/$1-million in spending against this season's cap-hit.
The Canadiens rate .588, trailing only Pittsburgh and Ottawa among Eastern teams (.640 and .595 respectively).
The most "fiscally efficient" teams are Anaheim (a forensic accounting Cup winner at .775), Chicago (.708 under Stan Bowman) and the unlikely Phoenix Coyotes (the orphans of the NHL are .651 under Don Maloney.)
The NHL financial basket cases and GMs who given drunken sailors a good name?
*Calgary a league-worst .323, Washington .332 (Brian Burke's landing as GM?), Buffalo .350 (clock's ticking Mr. Regier).
*The state of Florida should apply for Obama Disaster Relief: Panthers .369, Lightning .362.
Other notables: Detroit's reputed Ken Holland has the Wings at just .491, worse than the Leafs .510 (yet the axe fell on Burke). The Islanders, often the league's laughing stock over deals like DiPietro and Thomas, are a reasonable .533 (in a case of you get what you pay for---the Isles are 29th in payroll but escaped the basement).