Subban's play since coming back Part 2
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03-14-2013, 10:55 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
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You are assuming that there is zero risk associated with giving to a young man a long terms deal. Giving him a bridge contract may prove to be helpful in making sure Subban becomes the great D we all know he can be... and almost already is. This bridge contract offered us an insurance policy in case Subban regresses during the upcoming season, it acts as an incentive factor and it did put less pressure on this young manís shoulders.
It also gave us much needed cap flexibility (the cap will go down next season) for the upcoming season.
I don't see paying a great D, great D money as a loss btw.
Bridge scenario for the next 8 years; cap hit assuming Subban keeps on progressing: 48M$
No bridge, 8 years deal in 2012-13: 44M$
We are not chatting about a huge impact here: 4M$ over 8 years. This 4M$ gives us all of the above advantages.
How big of a risk was it though? Given his attitude and work ethic I would say that the risk was very low maybe 5%.
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