Vancouver Canucks' 3 Worst Contracts of 2023-24

The Vancouver Canucks are one of the league's top teams and have been that way all season, but they haven't done so without changes. They have moved out some bad contracts and brought in some different players for their run, but aren't without some contracts that they wish were a bit better.

Tyler Myers

The 34-year-old Tyler Myers is finally in the last year of his contract, and even though he has been alright this season, he isn't worth $6 million AAV. He has played on the second or third pairing this season and is averaging under 19 minutes per game of ice time. He has contributed a bit offensively, but overall, $6 million AAV gets you more than what Myers has provided this season.

Ilya Mikheyev

Ilya Mikheyev has recently been put on the fourth line as the Canucks lineup has had some changes done to it. He hasn't had a poor year and has gotten his opportunities with the better players, but he still has a cap hit of $4.75 million AAV for two more seasons. I don't think this is a horrible contract, but there are much better players being paid around the same mark as him. He's fast, but has 11 goals and 30 points in 69 games.

Nikita Zadorov

Nikita Zadorov is a strong third pairing defenseman. The problem being is that he is paid like he should be playing higher in the lineup and more. The big Russian has a cap hit of $3.75 million until the end of this season, but averages just 17:30 of time on ice per game. If he played more and was given a second pairing role where he was close to 19-20 minutes a night, I would see no problem. He just isn't though. Maybe his next contract will reflect his role or he will earn a larger role.

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