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02-20-2012, 10:00 PM
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The Neal comp was just convenient. I can't find a long term comp for a 22 y/o that wasn't arbitration eligible except for guys who signed offer sheets (Vanek, Kessel).

Kane and Toews are the closest (Kane was 21). Both signed 5yr/$6.3M in 2011 (10.6% of the cap, which is $6.8M now). The difference in play is negated in a way by Chicago being a much more desirable place to spend a career at the time than Dallas is now.

In any case I just assumed that if Benn were to sign long term, arbitration eligibility would be irrelevant because his other option is to sign short term and accumulate arbitration credentials anyway. Why would the player want to skip that piece of leverage unless he were being paid to do it? Similar logic to the monetary value of UFA years on RFA contracts.

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