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05-07-2013, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Grind Jam Grind View Post
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.
I really disagree with that. What makes a contract a steal is that they're getting significantly less than they would get if they were a free agent tomorrow. But Letang would be an RFA. He wouldn't get much more for an average (supposing that Shero actually believes in using leverage on RFAs) than he's getting now without eating a bunch of UFA years. Probably somewhere closer to $4.5m for next year.

Giroux is making $5m next season. He's probably going to get $5.5m for his last season of RFA status and jump up to $7m or $8m for UFA years. Some teams spread those numbers out evenly, but that's how those calculations really work.

Neither situation is a massive underpayment.

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