look what duchene signed for too.. as well as logan coutier..
id say 3.25-3.5m AAV on a 2yr deal..
honestly id rather give long term deal, but bc if we lock up our players and buy UFA years we could lower the cap hit and make these deals look more affordable to keep everyone longer and down the road..
all i know is all signs point to richards being bought out in 14'.. everyone needs to get resigned and we need that 6.6 cap $$$ to buy brass, girardi, dz, hank, callahan, kreider (will be cheap) but we need that $$..
if we didn't sign staal to that 5yr deal and just did a 2yr gap deal, his cap hit right now would be at least 5 mil!!
You guys will probably kill me and I'm not a great scout or anything, but offensively does Stepan remind anyone else of Tavares? A poor man's Tavares, obviously. Neither guy is a burner. Neither guy is super flashy. Both guys have good shots (obviously Tavares's is much better), both guys have great hockey sense and vision. Both guys push the action. Seems like they play a similar game.