Jul 14, 2019
New Jersey Devils
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Jan 12, 1995
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I'm not so sure about this one. The AAV is nice for a guy they can play anywhere on the 3rd/4th, but 7 years for a bottom half guy is a bit puzzling. If he loses a step 2-3 years into the contract, they're on the hook for a while for a guy who may be a liability. If they'd signed him to 3-4, and then resigned him after, I don't think the AAV would be all that much higher if he's still playing bottom half. Feels like unnecessary risk for a guy who's not crucial to the team's success. That said, wouldn't be surprised if they get good years out of him for most of his prime.
As far as the Tanev contract comparison goes, yeah, it's clearly better, but Tanev's is one of the worst this free agency, so the bar is pretty low.
Also, the way the salary is divided up per year is so oddly specific, which is pretty fun.