I woke up because I got a text message. Turns out it was my Pens text alert about this. What fantastic news to wake up to!!!!
This is such a great deal considering all Neal has done this season. 6 more years of playing with Malkin... Scary.
Martin would be gone before his deal is up because of who is coming up through the ranks. The contracts that are coming due are just salt on the wound.
True, I don't know, I just get the feeling that he'll be leaving sooner rather than later. Is it mathematically possible to keep him on the books? Sure, but is it practical? Well, that's another ball of wax entirely.
But in an effort to keep this train on the Neal tracks, I'll refrain from talking about Martin in this thread.
Just glad to see Neal locked down for the foreseeable future.
This is fantastic news! And a major plus to Shero for doing things the right way. He refuses to cheat the system and do the front loaded contracts. I admire him for that.
1. Love the contract. I know a lot of people were hoping for a cap hit under 5M, but, if Neal had been an *** and gone to arbitration, he'd have gotten a two year deal and quite probably for a cap hit in the mid 5M range. That contract is a good, fair deal for both sides.
2. Agree about Shero, but if he wants to 'cheat' the system for Sid, Geno, Staal, Letang, or Fleury, I won't complain.