Hockey Hilarity: Jeff O’Neill, (Pot), Meet Jay Bouwmeester (Kettle)

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As you may or may not know, Jay Bouwmeester and the St. Louis Blues agreed to a five-year extension that will pay him an average of $5.4 million a year starting in 2014-2015. The Blues get JayBouw for $1.2 million dollars less per year than his last contract, which saw him earn an average of $6.6 million a year.

With that in mind, I couldn’t help but stumble across this tweet by Jeff O’Neill, former Toronto Maple Leaf and Carolina Hurricane/Hartford Whaler:

For all intents and purposes, this is great. Why, you ask? because Jeff O’Neill, in his first playoff action which also lasted exactly six games, scored a total of one point, an assist, for the Carolina Hurricanes way back in 1999:

I mean, sure, O’Neill never made nearly as much money, despite having pretty good numbers as a pro, as Jay Bouwmeester has made throughout his career, so maybe I’d be a little jealous too if I were O’Neill. Such is life in the salary cap era of the National Hockey League.

You know what really must sting though? That year where O’Neill scored 41 goals in the regular season, then put up just three points in six games. But you know you do have to take into account that this is an apples and oranges case anyway, considering the fact that Bouwmeester is a defenseman while O’Neill was a forward, so numbers are all relative to their roles. Either way, I still say we wait until the third season that Jay Bouwmeester gets to see the playoffs in the NHL to pass judgement about his playoff statistics, since that’s when O’Neill really had a breakthrough and put up 13 points in 22 games.

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