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Bogosian Agrees To A Two-Year Deal With Jets

via TSN,

Zach Bogosian has agreed to terms on a new two-year, $5 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The deal will pay Bogosian $2 million this season and $3 million next year.

Bogosian became a restricted free agent after his three-year $2.625 million entry level deal expired after the end of last season.

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Pretty nice bargain compared to the Ericsson contract, eh? Fleet skating 21 year old, 4th year two-way bruiser for $750k less than a 27 year old, third year…whatever Ericsson supposedly does.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/14/11 at 08:39 PM ET

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Bogo was an RFA.  Ericsson was a UFA.

So, tomayto tomahto there, anyway.  Beyond that, it sure looks like Bogo’s either gone at the end of this deal or almost certain trade-bait before it ends.  Only signing for 2 years is a big red flag, IMO.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/14/11 at 08:41 PM ET

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HockeyinHD, he also may be feeling that he can prove himself more before signing a huge deal.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/14/11 at 08:45 PM ET

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5 years after draft, Bogo still be RFA for 2 more years (unless the CBA changes). More likely, he wants to prove he can be a first pairing (or even all-star) D and get paid like one. This contract gives him 2 years to do that.

And Ericsson being UFA shouldn’t have factored into his retention price. 15 point defensemen have never been hot commodities in Free Agency, unless they’re seen (correctly or incorrectly) as proven 1st pairing shutdown guys (Scuderi, Komisarek, Hannan a few years ago). Nobody thinks that about Ericsson at this point in time.

I didn’t watch Ericsson every night, but what I did see of him made me think he was a big, soft, slow-blooded load. Big, soft, slow-blooded loads are plentiful in the AHL, so even if, say, Columbus gave him $3mil, backfilling him shouldn’t have been a problem.

Basically, I think holland was bidding against an offer that was never going to come with a guy he could have replaced easily, sort of like the position Burke got himself into with Finger. But hey, maybe he proves me wrong.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/14/11 at 09:58 PM ET

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5 years after draft, Bogo still be RFA for 2 more years (unless the CBA changes). More likely, he wants to prove he can be a first pairing (or even all-star) D and get paid like one. This contract gives him 2 years to do that.

So, Bogo signs a 2 year 5 mil deal now which (allegedly) doesn’t take him past his RFA point so he can… sign a bigger deal later?  Why not sign a 3 or 4 year deal that takes him closer to his UFA qualifying date, then?  Even if he has a huge year this year or next, is there some kind of thought where Phoenix is going to pay him top dman money, when they already have Yandle at 5.25?

I don’t buy the logic there.

Re: Ericsson… a lot of this stuff has (I’m sure) been beaten to death here and elsewhere, but IMO Holland overpaid a little on Ericsson (500k to 1 mil per year, probably) because the possibility existed that he was going to lose Lidstrom and Rafalski and Salei and Ericsson all off his blue line in one offseason, and then Possibly Kronwall and Stuart in the next.

That kind of turnover, all at once, would be devastating for the Wings.  Especially in a weak UFA market for top-end dmen.  So the team locks up E for a bit more than he strictly merited, and they shelter a bit against a possibly apocalyptic amount of blue line turnover.  Gives the team a little assured continuity on the blue line.

And given the team already has nearly 6 mil in cap space available, I don’t think a 500k-1 mil overpay for Ericsson is as worrisome as it would have been over the past three years, when the Wings have gone into the season without enough cap space to call up a cup of coffee from GR for long enough to drink it.

E’s a limited dman, but he’s a competent NHLer… so if he does nothing better than he ever has and just ends up playing 20 minutes a night and pking 3 minutes the team isn’t getting totally screwed on the contract.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/14/11 at 10:20 PM ET

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