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04-12-2013, 06:04 PM
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If Eller is going to be as good as people think, what makes you think he'll sign long-term to play behind two 20 minutes a game centers?
Another thing I completely forgot about, but which is certainly true.
Eller's contract year is next season, and he'll certainly get a significant raise (I mean, he makes 1,325M at the moment....). He'll then be three years away from UFA status, unless that was changed in the CBA, which I doubt.
In other words... Can be kept here at somewhere between 2.5 and 3M, for the reminder of his RFA years.
The problem is, he'll probably be third on the priority order for Bergevin (and rightfully so), unless Andrei Markov isn't in the plans anymore, or Subban just stops knowing how to play hockey in the meantime.
So the money available for Eller will directly depend on the money given to Subban and Markov; plus, Diaz and Emelin will have to be factored in as well, though I think Eller is ahead of them in the priority order.
Don't know where I'm going with this though.... Other than I don't think he'll get somewhere between 2.5 and 3, which will basically eat his RFA years, leaving him an UFA-to-be at the end of that contract.
Unless Eller wants a 2-year deal, which I can definitely see the rationale of doing this for both sides. Then, look at a salary in the same range than what I said before, thus giving the team a little more leeway regarding what they want to do with Eller.
Note : Before somebody wants to burn me at the stake for suggesting that Lars Eller will have a cheaper contract than David Desharnais, I'd like to remind that DD's contract "burnt" three UFA seasons. The deal I suggested for Eller doesn't. Also, DD was rightfully top priority for 13-14 onwards (in other words, excluding Subban), while Eller rightfully won't for 14-15 onwards.
Last edited by MXD: 04-12-2013 at
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