Edited Jul 13, 2018 at 8:13
He would have made significantly more than $800k on a one-year deal, considering he just set the record for wins by an American goaltender and had stellar numbers. He had filed for arbitration and probably would have gotten a 1-year $2.5-3M contract.
I agree that signing a RFA goaltender with 2 years remaining of rights restriction and only one successful season thus far in the NHL to a long-term, big-money deal is a bad idea, but there's no way he would have been awarded only $800k by an arbiter.
Come on man....I didn't say his 1 year deal would be $800,000 - I SAID THE RISK WAS $800,000 .
He just signed for approximately $6,200,000 AAV - so if he'd get a $7,000,000 AAV after having an amazing year on a bridge deal - than the risk is $800,000.
$7,000,000 (max AAV post-bridge deal) - $6,200,000 (the AAV he just got) = $800,000 (the risk of a bridge deal). And if he has a brutal year he'll get much less.
I didn't even mention the value of his bridge deal - if they could afford $6,200,000 this year - they could afford any lower bridge deal.