I'd be OK with that deal, and I'd love to have Stillman with the Sabres. The only problem is that the Sabres' surplus of wingers, even after the likely trade of Afinogenov, will probably prevent them from going after Stillman.
I think Stillman will get $4-5m on the open market if he goes for the money, and I wouldn't be terribly surprised if he got even more - for example if some of the more coveted UFA forwards take themselves off the market prior to July 1st.
What does that mean, I think Buffalo's future is just as bright as the Sens.
It has nothing to do with their future, in case you didn't notice Carolina and Buffalo have a pretty big rivalry going stemming back to that ecf in '06. Maybe he doesn't care, but I personally can't see him playing for the sabres.
Hence the problem with free agency. Very seldom does a team not have to overpay -- whether slightly or grossly -- for a UFA's services.
Quite true... but I still think that reason has to weigh into the equation at some point. Stillman seems to be a player who is on the decline and chances are good he's going to want a long term deal with age considered and likely a no-movement clause or at least a no-trade clause.
If you're going to have Stillman signed past next season then mutual concessions should be made. Stillman has stated numerous times that he wants stability. To me that directly translates to him wanting his next stop to perhaps be his last.
I think he'll be looking for two years bare minimum. If a team springs to give him $4 million for two years they're going to be hating that in the second year.
Two years - $6.5 million with a NTC should get the job done for Stillman.
Anything over $3 million would be a ridiculous overpayment for Stillman at this stage.
I wouldn't even give him 3.
I know teams often overpay for free agents, but those are generally the bigger-name guys who have multiple teams bidding on them, hence one team has to outbid the other, and so on, until the end contract is way bigger than expected. I can't see much of a war for an aging role player like Stillman. If he somehow comes out with a 4-5 million deal, he should buy a lottery ticket too.
Stillman's been massively underpaid for the last three seasons. He'll be looking for ~$4M on a long-term deal.
Is it worth it? I don't know. He has the ability to be a 20 goal, 60+ point player for at least a couple more years. He's very versatile--can play both wings as well as the point on the powerplay. On the other hand: he's nearly 35, is a poor defensive player and is pretty slow.
Whoever gives him a long term at 4mill is gonna regret it, I think he has one more productive season before he's a shadow of his former self. I'd say anymore than 3.5 on a one year is too much, so there obviously will be teams willing to give him more $$ and term.