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Big Money For Young Stars

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The Blues showed the star right winger exactly what they thought of him with a stunning eight-year, $60 million contract. The length of the deal is the longest allowed under the CBA. The $7.5 million average annual value makes Tarasenko the highest-paid player on the team.

To many minds it’s a deal he’s earned. The 23-year-old Tarasenko has quickly established himself as one of the game’s top offensive stars. He scored 37 goals last season, tied for fifth in the league, and ranked 10th with 73 points. Nothing wrong with paying a top player top dollar.

Except, of course, that it’s not the way the system has worked in the past. Young stars at the end of their entry-level deals, as Tarasenko was, often settled for bridge pacts that included significant (but not outlandish) raises and a short terms. Such contracts forced players to prove themselves worthy of bigger deals and protected teams from over-committing to athletes with short résumés.

Now, though, teams need protection not only from themselves but from predacious competitors bearing offer sheets. The fear of losing a good young player to free agency (without getting something tangible, beyond draft picks, in return) is why the cap-strapped Bruins and Blackhawks felt compelled to trade away Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad, respectively, both of whom then got significant deals from their new teams.

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Hear that? That’s the sound of Gustav Nyquist telling Ken Holland that he outscored Brandon Saad, the same guy who just cashed in at $6M per for 6 years.

Nyquist scored 10 less goals and 19 less points than Tarasenko, who just re-upped for 8 years at $60M ($7.5M per year).

I wonder how this is going to play into the negotiations.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 07/07/15 at 07:00 PM ET

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I wonder how this is going to play into the negotiations.

I am guessing not well and maybe Nyquist gets traded as a result. I don’t think the wings can afford the contact that might get awarded.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/07/15 at 08:50 PM ET


Though I would prefer a deal for say…Shattenkirk, I also liked the rumors of Nyquist + a D + A pick for Nash.

Then you could do something along the lines of

Dats Zet Nash
Richards tatar Abs
Sheahan Jurco Pulkinen
Glendening Helm Ferraro (or Miller)

That is without even Franzen….

If you are going to trade Nike, I hope you can pull off a 2 or 3 for 1 type deal for a D, or a scoring power forward as we’ve all discussed.

Saad delivered in the playoffs though, something Nike has not…so there’s that, if it matters.

I often wonder, an arbitrator has to look at all comparable players… not just the highest paid one?

Tarasenko is clearly a star, his 5v5 points were astounding and he’s a much better physical specimen than Nyquist.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 07/08/15 at 09:18 AM ET

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