For the last 15 years, Donnie Sweeney has graced the blue line for the Boston Bruins.
I am going to miss the guy. He wasn't the best player, but he was a guy you root for. I met him once in his second year or so while he was doing the Bruins' Wives Carnival. He was terrific with the fans and a class act.
The maximum a player can earn per year is around 8 million, but there is no maximum on the years of a contract. DiPietro's contract is 4.5 million a year, well under the maximum yearly amount, it's just a ridiculously long contract.