I see him signing a Duncan Keith deal average of $7.913 million over the first four years, $7.55 million for the next two years, $5.5 million for another two, $4 million for two more, and then slightly more than $2 million for the final three. Total: 13years/$72 million, for a cap hit of $5.54 million.
Salary has moved up since then, same deal would be about $1m/y more. $6.5m long term is a still a nice move.
3 years 18 million is good for me. RFA afterwards, we maintain his rights, and we get to see if he can keep up his production. If he can, he likely gets another 5-6 year extensino at roughly the same money...
Murray isn't stupid, he knows there might be changes like a max cap hit for RFA's in the next CBA....
he might as well get paid, him and spezza are the reason that team is even good. So why not get compensated for it? the two of them have a substantial amount of points more then the rest of the team make Murray pay. Murray does not really have any bargaining power either. Karlsson's stats speaks volumes.
I would not be surprised to see Karlsson get a 3 year 7.5 mil per contract. You never know what will happen (Crosby), so get paid while you can in my opinion. You take discounts when you have secured your financial situation, not just entering your first real contract.
What's wrong with 10 years, 65 million? Why do three years and have him still be an RFA when he's only gonna do this again and again and ask for more. Sign, here, here and here, done.
To ensure this wasn't a fluke season. Karlsson looks like the second coming of Lidstrom in the making right now but that level of brilliance is a gamble. Look at the fall of Ovechkin. If he does not recover, then Washington is paying nine million on the cap for a guy unable to outpace Lupul. Why take the risk when they don't have to?
I dunno, our owner Melnyk probably wouldn't want to match that, not like he believes Karlsson will be one of one of the greatest dmen evar !!!
I think its hilarious that an Isles fan thinks that :
a) Karlsson would sign an offer sheet of 3 yrs/20 million
b) That we wouldn't match that in about half a nanosecond
That kind of an offer sheet I don't think even gives us teh 2 firsts, a second and a third compensation. Realistically, EK is not signing an offer sheet, but even if he did, the only way he does is if its something so stupidly high that he would be an idiot not to sign it. And in that case, it would be 4 first rounders for compensation, and we could still match if we want to, with all the cap room we have.