Joined: Jun 2018
As far as the Oilers missing out here, I don't think they were willing to offer more than this value or term. Dzingel would have more pressure to repeat his top 6 production with Edmonton or be a 3rd line centre playing with who knows who. In Carolina he gets a chance to provide depth scoring and less hard/forced ideas about where he will fit in their lineup, as well as the team just made playoffs whereas Edmonton did not. I'm guessing the Oilers would have had to offer 4 or more per year at the same term or more.
Why he took this long to get signed and why others were signed early at larger, longer contracts even though he put up better or similar numbers? Because of the obvious drop in production after being traded and playoffs, but also something a bit less obvious. Yes he did well in Ottawa, but in what role? Was he getting top pp time and top 6 minutes playing with Stone, Duchene and/or Thachuk? Teams signing him now have to consider where he will fit in their lineup; do they have a spot where he'll get that kind of support to pump his numbers? Can he drop into a bottom 6 role with maybe 2nd pp duties and still be useful to a winning team? Also, the value for a 50pt player on a bad team is far less than the value for a 50pt player on a good team.