Well, like I said, I doubt those are the actual numbers. Where does that info come from? One side leaking it to get the other side to budge a little, most likely. But you keep insisting on going to the maximum of the range as well and using the full 3M gap.
What if MTL thinks Subban should sign for 2 years at 2.8M because he's comparable but slightly better than MDZ? And Subban wants 5-6 years at 5.3M? Montreal is still low balling a bit and Subban is still overvaluing himself, but neither is actually THAT outrageous. In 2+ years Subban will, in all likelihood, be worth 5M. If he wants term, he's still asking for too much, but it's not INSANE like 6.5-7M would be. And if MTL thinks his second contract should be more in line with MDZ that's also probably a low ball, but also not insane for them to be thinking that way.
I understood those numbers as the difference on similar length. And with 3.5 and 6.5 as extremes it's not the max difference I'm using since only one has to be true (ice 4 vs. 6.5 million or 3.5 vs 6 million).
If the difference is for different length, then of course it's something different. Obviously Montreal will much less on a bridge contact than Subban wants on a long term deal.
Hagelin outscored Stewart in 15 less games last year.
Just because Stewart is "BIG!11" doesn't make him better. He's lazy and has been lazy for a while. It doesn't look like he'll be putting in a consistent effort any time soon.
In our locker room he wouldn't have a chance to be lazy. He put up 28 goals two years in a row...last year he slipped...but I think he could slid onto the right side of the 2nd line and you would have more balance and he would be our answer to Lucic.
How about going after TJ Brennan from the Sabres? He would be cheap. Or MA Gragnani from the Canes? Play them as the #6 d-men and let them contribute to the PP. I doubt they would play less than our normal #6 d-man and they may actually help the PP.