Joined: Jul. 2019
So yesterday I was messing around with the contract comparables and learned a few things:
a) If Malkin hit FA tomorrow, his contract would've unprecedented. No point per game player with over 1000 points as hit FA.
b) The closest match was Elias, who signed for a contract at 8.55% of the cap at 37. Today, his deal would've been just over 7,000,000.
c) Malkin is a much better player and two years younger, meaning 7 million would've been the minimum he should've commanded on an open market. Makes this contract a steal even if he doesn't play it out.
d) I'd say the most he could've gotten was something like Datysuk's contract at 34: 11.88% of the cap. That's 9,600,000 today.