He's overpaid now but I think that in a couple of years this will look like a very good signing. To me, this is a bit of a no brainer. You get a chance to lock up one of your number one overall picks long term then you take it. Sure there's a risk that he doesn't perform up to the contract but that's a pretty low risk and worst case he's a little overpaid. Best case you've locked up one of your key guys going forward and he outperforms that contract in a couple of years. I like the signing.
Tavares signed his deal after his 67 point season. So while your general point still stands, you're misrepresenting facts a bit by suggesting that Tavares signed at $5.5 million per season following an 81 point season.
Yeah, didn't know when he signed but I saw that other season before it so I knew I was safe. Edited the correct amount.
If Hall plays a full season like he did from November until his season ended, he'd be looking at 6.5M+...cause in that 40-50 game stretch he was one of the best goal scorers in the league(and he didn't spend a lot of time with Eberle and RNH).
People who think he doesn't deserve this contract simply weren't watching the Oilers.
And what if he gets injured like he did this past season and the one before?
Like I said before if he has a great season next year you gladly pay him 6mil, or maybe even a little bit more. There was no reason to rush this extension.
Hall's the type of player that puts the team on his back. He flies through zones and hits anything that moves. He sacrifices and leads by example. Not trying to discredit Skinner who's also fantastic but Skinner plays a different game than Hall. I'm a Canes fan and I find that when Skinner isn't scoring, he's not very effective. On the other hand, when Hall isn't scoring, he's doing many many other things and is still making an impact on the ice.