from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,
The numbers attached to each contract are only going to become more important as revenue loss from cancelled games increases the chance that the salary cap upper limit stays flat at $81.5 million. Almost every team is going to feel the constraints of a lower ceiling and this subsequently makes players on bargain deals who provide surplus-value on their contracts even more valuable.
With that in mind, it’s a prudent time to analyze which players are giving their teams the most bang for their buck. I’ll use colleague Dom Luszczyszyn’s model to highlight five players from each club who provided the most value for their cap hits this season and then will handpick what I think is the best contract moving forward. The last part of that sentence is key — we’re trying to predict who will continue to outperform their cap hit with a priority on age and remaining term when choosing what the best value contract is. Oh and to make things more fun, I can’t pick entry-level contracts.
Detroit Red Wings
Best contract: Dylan Larkin, $6.1M x three years left
Just three players provided surplus-value on the Red Wings this past season and among them, Dylan Larkin is the only one whose contract extends beyond this season. Still, that shouldn’t undermine how sweet Larkin’s deal is as it ensures Detroit has its best player and number one center locked in at a notable discount for the next three years.
Also listed ar Mantha and Bertuzzi who are due a new contract this summer.
the rest (paid sub.) of the teams...