This spells the end of Mason in Winnipeg. He is just aging now and his best years are behind him.
Mason knows and accepts his role here. I'm sure he had no illusions of being a starter this season. If the Jets can't sign Gus, Mason will be a solid veteran option for them and if not, he's among the most replaceable players we have.
While 3.9 may be slightly overpayment right now, I think in as early as a year from now, with 4 years remaining, this deal could be a bargain. This deal takes Pavelec to 30 years of age, I like that. Good term, affordable price, so I am pretty happy with the deal, myself.
I have some question marks about Pavelec, but at 3.9 over 5 years, well worth it in my opinion. Many deals are a risk, but this is one worth taking in my mind.
I agree its a bit rich.. BUT.....one thing I will say is I believe Pavs could be the goalie on a cup winning teammsome day. I think he has the talent base and mental make up to win a championship IMHO. They do have to coach him up a bit qnd he isn't Quick (who is) but he has some serious upside.
Feels good to see Pavs signed. Thinking rationally about his contract it is appropriate for market value. Pavs was pegged as key piece in the 'Peg and his contract reflects that and reasonable market value with the potential to be exceptional value in only a season or two.
For all the big talk from agent Walsh, the fact Pavs signed for 5 years is telling b/c he wants to be the man for a legit playoff contender so speaks well to the organization. Good deal, definitely not a Shawn Horcoff type of contract in terms of gross over-compensation based on a one recent fruitful season.
Spending $3.9 on a starting goalie in the NHL is at the very least, the going rate (and at most, dirt cheap) if he's hard to score on and helps you win hockey games. I think most would agree that Pavelec is already both of those.
Glad to see him re-signed, but it's too much money for what he's done, IMO. I get paying for potential, but still think Jets overpaid here.
So what's Chevy supposed to do ? Let him walk? Start the season with Gus and Mason, or trade for a legitimate started and lose our youthful core? He did the right thing, signing pavs was a must and the numbers fit!
Absolutely thrilled. I've said before, will say it again... it's a bit high sure, but Pavelec to me is worth a bit of a gamble.
If he reaches his potential during the term of this contract -- seems about right that he'd hit his peak in around 2-3 years -- this will be a bargain. If he doesn't, it's not like the contract is going to weigh us down that much... it's not some 10-year Bryzgalovish atrocity or anything. We have the cap space and will for the forseeable future.
So it's a low risk move for the Jets with a great potential payoff in the term and the numbers. Plus, Chevy didn't write a blank cheque and obviously stood by his limits while negotiating fairly.
Good job all around, so happy to have this done so fast. I never once doubted he'd be back in Winnipeg, but I was settling in to have negotiations be a long and frustrating (for an outsider) process.
In todays market that is a good deal for both parties. We really have no alternative in net as Chevy bulids the team around him. We have a player that enjoys it here and is enjoyable to watch, is he perfect no but he will get better. Just my opinion!