The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell penned a list of the 10 most untradeable contracts in the NHL, and it’s hard to disagree with his suggestion that Justin Abdelkader’s contract will be eaten by the Red Wings, one way or another:
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit: The Red Wings are on the hook for four more years with a $4.25-million cap hit. That’s an awful lot of money to pay a guy who gives you little more than quality leadership and serves as a mentor for the young players in the organization. Abdelkader posted a career-low with six goals and tied his worst season with just 19 points in 2018-19. Abdelkader was once an effective two-way winger, but at 32, those days are behind him.
Campbell continues, and it’s a little staggering that Abdelkader ranks 9th on a top-10 list that doesn’t include Darren Helm or Frans Nielsen.