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01-13-2013, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
Fowler's contract doesn't begin until the 2013-2014 season. He's still on his ELC for this season. That alone adds to the value. Combine that with the 5 year length, and the value is a lot closer than you're allowing.
The example is based on Del Zotto's actual deal and if, instead, he had signed a 5 year deal where the 50% rule held (that being that on a contract that takes a player from RFA years into UFA years, the UFA years are worth 50% more than the RFA years. Prime example: the Marc Staal contract). Cam Fowler's deal is practically identical to Staal's in circumstance. Sather just paid him each year what the value of the player is in that year while Anaheim's GM paid Fowler each year what he's worth for the whole deal.

Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
All players eventually are.

In the end, Fowler will still have 4 years left on his contract, when MDZ is looking for his next payday.
My point was that Fowler's value to his team is such that he's worth near $3.5m as an RFA on his second deal. He gets more on the contract. because he signed the one extra UFA year. He gets more than MDZ because MDZ is not the future of the Rangers defense. Del Zotto's value to the Rangers is clearly not as high as Fowler's is to the Ducks, based on what they're paying him this year.

As for MDZ's next pay day... it'll be his third contract. Don't be surprised to see him sign a 5 year deal at that point with UFA value for 4 years of it. At that point, there will still be 3 years left on his deal when Fowler is looking for his next payday. In other words, that point is irrelevant.

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