Joined: Apr. 2017
There are a lot of bad takes here, but let me lay this out.
1. Did Nurse get overpaid, yes, by about $500 K per year
2. Does Nurse deserve to get paid more than Hedman and Josi, no, but the market has changed, switching this up, does Karlsson and Doughty deserve to get more than Nurse, no they do not.
Would you rather have 31 year olds Doughty and Karlsson for 6 more years at $11.0 & $11.5 million x 6 years or 27 year old Nurse for 8 years at $9.25 million?
Also, hasn't both DD & EK already pass by their peak seasons 3 or 4 years ago? When will we see Nurse's? In 3 or 4 years?
Every year he has improved in all facets, he is 6'4", an elite skater, is in phenomenal condition, has an exceptional work ethic and is very durable.
He has been a top level 5 v 5 shot and point producer for several years in the league and he is still improving on both sides of the puck. It is not unreasonable that he continues to improve for the next 3-4 years and then maintains a high level for another 4-5.
The other aspect is that he is a core piece of the leadership group in Edmonton and he may positively influence 29 & 97's decisions when it comes to re-signing down the road, when the Cap should be in the $90-100 million range and his piece of the pie won't be as large.