1. Andrew Ladd
Cap hit: $5.5 million
Production: 7 points, 14 games
There’s no doubt that Andrew Ladd was going to be the first entry on this list. Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2016 Andrew Ladd has perhaps not only the worst deal on the New York Islanders but in the league.
At the end of the 2016 season, Garth Snow let Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Matt Martin leave in free agency. His big acquisition on July 1 was former Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd.
The Islandes former GM gave him a $37.5 million seven-year deal ($5.5 million AAV) with some of the most incredible trade protection ever seen. That’s partly due to the cost of bringing in a free agent to Long Island. Most don’t want to come here so it takes more to get them.
But still. What Andrew Ladd got from the Islanders was remarkable.
The 2018-19 season is Ladd’s third year of the seven-year deal. After the first two years, he’s exhausted the no-move clause and is now in year one of a full no-trade clause. Again, he’s making $5.5 million on the cap.
Ladd’s seven points in 14 games is certainly an improvement over previous seasons, but it’s nowhere near enough to justify his cap hit and the trade protection he has.
That’s why he’s got the worst deal on the team this season.
Remember, after this season, there’s still another four more years of Andrew Ladd. One with a no-trade and three where he can veto a trade to half the league.