Grammatically not correct and I would argue Eberle is better then Benn right now.
Looks grammatically correct to me, but I may be wrong.
Anyway, I laid out reasons why I think Benn is a superior player. It is definitely up for debate - all three are top young talents. As I said, it isn't easy finding direct comparables, and I figure Eberle and Skinner are probably the best for Benn (not playing style, but for his next contract).
Will be interesting to see how variance is applied in this situation. All talk has been from a front-loading stand point.
My guess, is it will still be pretty straight forward. I assume that the definitions are all based on the highest salary year rather than the first year of the contract.
Therefore, let's say in the last year of Benn's back loaded contract (Dallas' M.O.) is $5 million, similar to Eriksson. No contract year could be lower than $2.5 million, and no year could go up or down more than $1.75 million.
Jamie Benn, 23 years old, 222GP, 70G-90A-160PTS, 0.72 PPG
Based on these numbers, I'll say that Tavares is the most important comparable. His production is similar, and his situation in that he's the brightest players on the team are very similar. Both guys are being touted as franchise players, and key cogs of the future for their franchise.
I'll add that I don't think they'll want to pay him more than Eriksson in the first part of the contract. Call it just a hunch. Eriksson makes $4.6, $4.5, and $4.5 in the next 3 years.
$3.5 million in Year 1; $1.5 million is a signing bonus.
$4.5 million in Year 2
$4.5 million in Year 3
$6.5 million in Year 4
$6.5 million in Year 5
$6.5 million in Year 6
6 year contract worth $32 million; Cap Hit of $5.333 million