Four years ago Matt Beleskey came out of nowhere to score 22 goals for the Anaheim Ducks. It was a perfectly time breakout season because it just so happened to take place in what was a contract year for Beleskey and made him one of the top free agents on the open market the following summer. Not only was he a big forward that could play a tough, physical game, but now there was some offensive production to go along with it. He was the type of player that general managers were going to love. He ended up signing a five-year, $19 million contract with the Boston Bruins. On Monday, with still two-and-a-half years left on the deal at $3.8 million per season, he was placed on waivers. Clearly, things have not gone as either side had planned. Since signing that contract with the Bruins, Beleskey has not been able to consistently match that production from his final year in Anaheim. He came close to it in his first year, but things have rapidly declined in the two years since.
Matt Beleskey and the risks of NHL free agency
Pro Hockey Talk | Dec 14