Thread: Confirmed with Link: Josh Harding (3 years, $1.9M Cap Hit)
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06-19-2012, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by GopherState View Post
It means he has the 25th-highest paid cap hit.
25th highest cap hit but let's look at some people below him and why:

Jonathan Quick - Last year of 3-year deal signed as 24 year old, will likely see a raise into the $6MM+ per year range.
Anders Nilsson - Last year of an ELC, should see a raise up over the $2MM mark next season.
Jose Theodore - Twilight of his career, took less money to be given the starting reins.
Jonathan Bernier - Same situation as Quick (but without the impending huge raise).
Jacob Markstrom - Last year of an ELC, will see a raise likely over $3MM next year.
Michael Neuvirth - Last year of 2-year deal signed as 22 year old, will likely see a raise into the $3MM range at least.
Braden Holtby - Last year of an ELC.

When you factor out edge cases like that, and factor in the contracts that will be signed in the next 3 weeks, Harding's deal drops solidly into the late 30s, early 40s. For a backup as solid as he is, that's right where he should be. Furthermore, judging from the salary schedule, he's expected to not just be a backup next year and the season after.

Ultimately, the absolute worst you could argue he's overpaid by is $400k. That happens to be the difference between his actual salary and AAV besides. Even if he is overpaid by $400k, so what? That's 0.57% of the salary cap. For a team who is highly unlikely to touch that cap ceiling, who can honestly care about $400k?

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