That was fast, they must be in love with his play. Good for him anyway, he has been very steady on the blueline in his short time and looks to be a very solid bottom pairing guy in the future.
Its easier to tell with a Defensemen imo. Its not like he has put up a lot of points in a short period of time which could be attributed to luck. He plays within himself and never tries to do too much. I'm fine with signing him this early.
I also think that this will probably be for right around the league minimum but a 1-way deal. Similar to the one McDonald signed. Strait gets the security of a 1-way deal, team hopefully gets a good dman dirt chearp.
Congrats to Strait. This reminds me of the Andrew MacDonald contract. Isles gave MacDonald the security of a 4 yr deal, after only 40 or so nhl games and he signed on the cheap.
This is what I think it is too. Strait has been good, solid for us so far. He was highly thought of by Pittsburgh, but it was a numbers game. The Isles dangled the carrot of an NHL contract and he went for it. When the details come out of the $$$, I think we'll all be pleasantly surprised.
Besides, many have commented that Strait is AMac 2.0.
$775K is what you could pay a 7th defenseman. If he develops well he'll end up being a 3/4 who eats minutes and just plays smart defense. No gripes from me about this deal. Good help for cheap is hard to find.