Joined: May 2019
Great bridge deal for Tampa as it helps them keep one of their best players at a relatively low AAV through the cap crunch they face in the next couple years. My guess is the new TV deal and expansion gives a big boost to the cap towards the end of this deal and then they open up the vault to keep him around long term.
I'm thinking this also helps the other teams sign their RFA holdouts as it sets the cap on their three year bridge in this ball park of $6.75M. I feel like the 5 year cap was set by Aho's $8.454M, and the longer term deal's ceiling is Marner's $10.9M (which was probably a million and a half too much).