Joined: Oct 2018
Look this is an overpayment. This also may hurt the franchise a little bit in 3-4 years having potentially 24-25 mill tied into Ovi, Backy and Oshie all at age 35-38. However, Backstrom IS a PPG player, not sure why the person early on in this thread said he wasn't, no he actually is. .97 for his career, that's a PPG.
If the Caps win another cup within the next three years, this contract is worth every friggin' penny and then some. To have Backy and Ovi walk into the sunset together having won 2 cups. I'd take that over a 1 mill overpayment EVERY FRIGGIN TIME forever.
So while it's an overpay, it's not that much of one factoring in all of the other intangibles and franchise considerations. Backy is an all time cap now, and will forever be etched in cap lore. He's second only to Ovi.
As for Holtby, he was already gone the minute Sammy started outplaying him this year. He was gone anyway before that, but now? He might as well get his bags packed at his house/condo/apartment, because he isn't a cap in July 2020.