Joined: Jul 2018
It's hard to call this a good or a bad deal as such. It's a thing that had to happen I guess?
Ceci couldn't make less than $4.3M, and I beleive if he was awarded somethign like $4.6M or so in Arbitration the Leafs wouldn't be able to walk away, and wouldn't get to structure the deal. I will be interested to see if this ends up being $3.8M or so in signing bonus just in case they decide to move him once Dermott is healthy, but I think they need a body, and getting him done for the same money as Zaitsev essentially means they got out from under the last 4 years of Zaitsev's deal scott free and got a 3rd for Brown.
So I guess this deal is just the cost of doing business.