Thread: Speculation: Justin Schultz's extension
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02-26-2014, 12:03 PM
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To me there are three options... each with their advantages:

1) Bridge: 3.5 over 2 years
Pros: cheap now, we get to demo him longer, at the end we'd still have his RFA rights (correct?)
Cons: Good chance he's asking for 6+ on a longer term deal

2) The Gilbert: 4.5 x 4 years
Pros: we get a cheaper price for a few more years, some cost certainty in years 3 & 4 when we might need that money to bring in UFA before the kids are all finished their $6M deals
Cons: he'll be up only one year before Eberle and 2 before Hall (correct?)... so that $6M cap won't be a valid argument anymore. Everyone will know at least one of those two is going to get more.

3) 5.5 Long Term:
Pros: if he turns out, it's a bargain
Cons: it's a lot of money now, it provides no incentive, it could be an overpayment long term if he "Gilberts" or "Potis" on us... no way he signs for less than $5M

I think I'd opt for option 2. My worry is that if we are capstrung in years 4, 5 & 6 of Hall/Ebs deals, we'll be disbanding before we have real success. Nuge and Yak will still be locked up for several years when Schultz comes up... should help us with comps. If not, and Schultz is deemed worth it... Bye Bye Yak (if that hasn't happened already)

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