What an awesome deal. The fact that they could get him at that price while only buying up to his age 33 year is pretty incredible.
Yup, the dollar amount is excellent, locked up 6 years of unrestricted free agency and the deal ends before Edler should noticeably decline. A perfect storm.
With the top 4 on defense and Schneider locked up longterm Gillis can focus solely on the forward corps. Which is oustanding when you have the Sedins, Kesler and Burrows in the mix. Bring in 1 more impact forward, re-sign the Sedins and this team should be a cup contender for at least the next 4-5 years.
I can't imagine there's another team out there with a top 4 locked up for as long, or with as much quality.
With Tanev & Corrado coming in the pipe line we'll have those 3 RH Dmen we all talk about.
Not only that, but Tanev gives the team excellent security when injury strikes the top 4...
IMO the top 4 looks good, regardless of who is injured. Garrison should be able to pair up well with Bieksa and Tanev seems like he could play with anyone. Love the mix in the top 5 - still see Ballard as the #6, though maybe he turns things around.