Thread: Speculation: Justin Schultz's extension
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02-26-2014, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by misfit View Post
I definitely disagree with a bridge contract on Schultz.

If they see his progression (in terms of worth in $) as going like this:

Year - Value
1 - 1.5
2 - 3
3 - 5
4 - 5
5 - 6.5
6 - 6.5
AVG:

then why sign him to a 2 year deal for $2.5M just to sign him to a 4+ year deal afterwards at $5.75M/year+ when you can get him for 6 years at $4.5M/year right from the start?

Even if his actual value in years 4-7 is closer to:

4 - 3
5 - 4
6 - 4
7 - 4

Yeah, you could save $500K or so on his overall cap hit if he doesn't pan out as expected, but you can get him at a bargain of close to $2M a year against the cap if he does. That's not even taking into account the value of a $4M defenseman today and what that same player will be signing for 2 years from now.

The only argument for a bridge deal that I can see would be if we were tight against the cap this year and next, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
another argument against the bridge contract is you then have a contract expiring in 2 years right around the time klefbom/marincin need new deals

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