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05-07-2013, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
The definition of a bridge contract is going between ELC and UFA statuses. So yes, it is EXACTLY a bridge contract. You give a guy a raise to a number like $3.5m with the expectation that, by the end of it, he's probably playing on your top pair.

What he would go for on the open market doesn't come into the equation. Guys near the end of their bridge contracts are almost always "steals" by that definition.
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
He was coming off a 26 point year and he was making peanuts because he was not a highly touted prospect.

The following year he broke out. 3.5 million for a top-4 d-man who is undersized and had scored 26 points is actually a fairly decent contract.
My point is that it's a steal right now. Not a steal when he signed the deal. Right now, guys like Giroux and Letang have the best contracts in the league. They didn't when they signed them, but they do now.

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