Pittsburgh already has six guys making that much, and they seem to be doing alright.
I wasn't complaining, just noting that edm is in the same boat as us or anyone else. All teams are at or getting to point where they have to devote that kind of money to their top 6 if they want to keep them. You hope to make your choices wise ones. Edm's are obvious. Tying up what they consider their core for the next 5 years.
His 82 game pace last year was 65 points. Is he worth 4.8 million? Probably not at this point, it would be nice to see him actually put those numbers up over an 82 game schedule, but he's not worth much less than 4.8 at all. It's a slight overpayment but not a terrible contract.
He's got 6 straight 15g 40+pt seasons (more or less) at the age of 23. And he's been trending upwards in most major statistics.
There is something to be said for established production slowly ticking upwards, rather than out of nowhere 1 year jumps. That certainty has to have some value.