maybe mcd said hed take a couple mil less over the life of contract for more money up front.
I take it back about Staal's contract, btw. His is a consistent raise until his first year of UFA eligibility where it does a significant jump.
But nah, McDonagh's the average of McDonagh's UFA years averages out to 20.3% more than the average of his RFA years. That's right in line with what Sather usually does. Callahan is 20.6%, for example.
I'm inclined to think what Sather said was a bit of hyperbole. I mean, obviously any scouting he does himself is on the professional level, but Kristo played on a line with two of his prospects at the WJC. So maybe he wasnt watching Kristo intently, but he's definitely seen him.