David Desharnais next contract
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08-31-2012, 10:46 AM
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Mikhail Grabovski is a player who, like Desharnais, can score 60 points over 80 games, but he does it with mediocre linemates and he does it with a much higher goals to assists ratio. He recently got 5 million per season, but that's a free agent contract.
So given that Desharnais is an RFA and his contributions thus far are strictly inferior to Grabovski who is a UFA, I'd say 3.5 million per season maximum.
At the moment? Probably. I'd probably offer him a 2-year, 6.5 total at the moment.
At the end of next season, if next season there is... Not so much, even if DD ends up with similar production.
If DD accepts 3.5 Mwith a 60 points season (or a prorated 60 points season), that means one thing, and only one thing : the guy took a serious hometown discount.
One more thing : Grabovski never proved he could be a 60-point center, cause he never actually reached 60 points. Came close, but never did, when he was 27 years old. That season, Grabs was a Top-6 guy for the whole season. Something Desharnais has yet to be -- Desharnais only got promoted to Top-6 status after 15 games or so last season. And he wasn't playing with Cole to begin the season, either. In fact, one could say that Cole picked it up when he started playing with Desharnais.
If Desharnais would have spent the whole season in the Top-6, a 70-pts season was certainly in his reach (would likely NOT have gotten it, but would have been darn close), and that would have made DD as much a 70pt guy than Grabovski is a 60pt guy (in other words... close to it, but not... yet). All the while being 2 years younger than Grabo was for his best season.
DD at 3.5 at the end of next season, if he has a similar season than the one he had in 2011-12, would imply he took a hometown discount. And one of the best deals league-wise for a guy in his mid-twenties who is, probably, a 65-pt player. Granted, Grabs contract is horrible and shouldn't be a reference.
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