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09-16-2013, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Blue Blooded View Post
Couture: $2.875M / $70.4M = 4.08%

Duchene: $3.5M / $70.4M = 4.97%

Stepan: ~$3.25M / $64.3M = 5.05%

So $3.25M today is actually comparatively more than what Duchene got on his 2nd contract..
Couture's deal was signed when the cap was $64.3m, but didn't apply until a season where it was $70.2m. Right about Duchene. But here is something else to consider in those comparables.

Couture was involved in 23% of the offense scored by the Sharks the year before he signed his extension.
Duchene was involved in 14% the year before he signed his extension. 23% over 3 years. Peak season of 30%
Stepan was involved in 35% last year. 24% over 3 years.

Since we're talking about value to a team, in terms of percentage of cap, we also need to be talking about contribution to the team. Stepan definitely has a case to get the same dollar number as Duchene, and a slightly higher percentage of the cap, since he provides slightly more of a contribution to the offense compared to Duchene at the time.

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