Captain Saku Koivu celebrates game-winning shootout goal against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
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So we know that hockey statistics have gotten, well, a little out of hand. But the folks at puckthathit.com have calculated PI/$, or how much a player is costing his team in penalty minutes.
Says the website: "By breaking down a player’s salary by minute, then multiplying it by their penalty minutes, we can determine how much players are being paid to sit in the box. Of course, some players (enforcers, agitators, fighters, etc.) are expected to log a large number of penalty minutes as per their role, but that is why they’re often paid less than the skilled players who either put the puck in the net, or keep it out. …"
The site has calculated a ranking of 80 players through games and penalty minutes of Wednesday, and Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is ranked ninth overall, at a per-minute cost of $76,270.33.
The other two Canadiens on the list: 46. Mike Komisarek, $26,524.39; 65. Tom Kostopoulos, $17,743.90. Ranked No. 1 is Chris Pronger of the Anaheim Ducks, at $147,357.72.