Yes 10 games starts the contract, but 40 games starts the UFA clock.
I would have to think they want his contract staggered at least a year or two, since they have about six guys turning pro this year. So I'd expect < 10 games if any. Still would be surprised if he makes it past camp.
Depending on his camp i can see him get 9 games, however he will have to in those 9 games show he is an absolute lock as a t4, i really doubt GMCF and company would play him 3rd pairing over letting him go back to juniors and being the guy for his team and WJC.
i thought they would sign him on his BDay to make it a bit more special tho.
If it were me, there's no chance I let Dumba get an actual NHL game. Just doesn't play an NHL caliber game right now. Sure, give him a preseason game or two (if there is a preseason) but an NHL game? No way.
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Send Scandella or Spurgeon down for 9 games instead? (waiver exempt)
I just don't see it.
We have too many 1-ways in our D for a prospect that is not NHL ready to get a regular season game. His game is really rough right now and I'd be fine sending him back to Red Deer right away, Houston right away the following year (or even two) and then calling him up when it is time to replace Gilbert.
Edit: Remember, the points we get in the first 9 games are JUST as important as the points we get in the last 9 games...
Edit 2: Plus, Brodin is WAY more NHL ready *right* now...
He is a pleasure to watch and im really looking forward to see his development and bulking in the future... But as some people here are saying.. He is behind Brodin and i would rather see him own the ice in Red Deer ..