People talk about how Lowe ruined the second contract. When really, the players who get the massive second-deals usually deserve it. Look at Malkin, Crosby, Ovechkin, Toews, Kane, Doughty, Stamkos, etc, tell me none of those people deserve a massive contract?
The problem is that Lowe started the 2nd contract giving big ones to players who didn't necessarily deserve it - he gave based on potential, not based on performance. Those players you listed have the performance to back up their paycheques.
Did Penner deserve $4.25m after he had a 45pt season? He only just last year lived up to that paycheque.
I agree with a previous poster in that if he drops near 50 again with 90 pts, he's going to be looking to be paid like a star. the Backstrom deal did TB a huge favor in that regard, as backstrom has had higher pts totals than stammer. I doubt TB/Stamkos want a 10 yr deal, but assuming production remains level (and the cap ticks up another couple mill), 5 yrs/32-35 mill (6.5-7/yr) is probably a fair deal for both sides.
if koivu just made 6.75, then stamkos will be making substantially more
Stamkos: Age 20, 95pts career high. Known for offensive ability (Rocket Richard).
Backstrom: Age 22, 101pts career high. Known for offensive ability (4th in league scoring last year).
Koivu: Age 27 (contract starts when he's aged 28), 71pts career high. Known for defensive abilities.