Kotalik makes 3 mil less points then Bert last year
Chris Neil 2 Mil
Jarko Ruttu the same as Bert last year
Reinprecht 2 mil, less points then Bert last year
Clutterbuck 1.4 mil
Steve Bernier 2 mil
Kris Kunitz makes almost 4 mil.
All these guys put up less points then Bert last year but have similar or much higher contracts. Bert at 1.5 is a huge bargain. Guys like CLutterbuck Mayers and Ruutu making pretty much the same as Bert kinda shows that market value for guys like that is right around there. I think its fair to say Bert market value is higher then guys like this.
Again, it's not so much about Bert being worth the money so much as we didn't need him. He adds next to nothing to this team. Half the guys you're comparing him to offer much more than just scoring, and some are significantly younger. I would much rather have Clutterbuck than Bert, and he'll earn almost 600k less than Bert this year. Neil also adds much more, and is still a few years younger (though I wouldn't really want him at his price either). I'd probably take Ruutu @ 1.3 over Bert too, though I'd prefer someone younger and cheaper. Bernier isn't great, but he's only 25 and at least he hits people.
We didn't need another 3rd rate scorer at any price, much less spending $2 mil on a 35 year old for two years.