I don't think the Jets could have afforded to go into the season without him signed and risk losing him for nothing - it was sign now or trade now. They could've tried to negotiate an extension until the deadline and then deal him, but if the Jets were in the hunt for the playoffs, you can't trade your top D for picks and prospects. I think they saw what happened with Nashville and Suter (and Weber) and decided to lock things down.
I agree with you but that has to do with the Jets. Not Enstrom. I'm just saying that if this turns out to be a bargain contract then he probably could've gotten much more by waiting to hit FA. If he really wanted to come back to Wpg then he could re-sign with them after being traded to another team. So it's from Enstrom's pov but let's wait to see what the cap hit is.
Not top-10, but top-20 for sure. 5 years/$32 is my guess.
Agreed on both accounts.
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Best part of this signing, that the Jets are slowly but surely debunking the silly meme that "nobody wants to play in Winnipeg".
Only thing left is to get Kane sewn up for 5 or 6 years.
This was exactly what I was going to say. I think the Jets proved this season that they are the real deal(you know, since most said we wouldn't win more than 20 games) and that Winnipeg is indeed a mad hockey market - of course there are still a few naysayers but maroons will always exist.
This "nobody wants to play in Winnipeg" crap is old and tired and downright untrue.
Great move for the Jets. Very happy. Next up: Evander Kane.
Wow...the $$ is on lock down. Not on Cap Geek yet.
Yeah, I'm dieing to see the dollars and how the 5 year deal is constructed.
Also, interested to see what kind of signing bonus money he'll receive as with the new CBA coming up and the common belief that the players will have to take a pay cut. Signing bonus money is not impacted by that pay cut, so most players have been trying to get "guaranteed" money when signing/re-signing recently.
Overall just interested to see what they gave him. Anything under 6 is a steal IMO.
Enstrom's contract will probably be the standard to which Gillis and Edler refer. I hope Winnipeg's GM did well.
Congratulations to them for locking up a great defenseman. I remember that quite a few years ago, Enstrom was considered the most underrated defenseman in the league. I've always liked his game. He's definitely not underrated anymore, as everybody knows he is very good.