Completely, 100% agree with you on this.
They've set themselves up -- on the salary cap and with their contracts structure -- to be contenders for the next two seasons, and possibly, the next three if things work out. They know they're one center away, and now, it's just a matter of finding the right guy and getting a deal done. Still plenty of time before camp, as Doggy said.
Thanks again for your patience, guys. Looks like the forums are cleaned up and back to normal.
We're instituting some changes in the process to make sure this doesn't happen again.
Thanks, guys - we're working on cleaning this up. Kind of a mess in the forums right now but we'll fix it.
@Doggy, I will send you a message. Appreciate you reaching out.
Two weeks into free agency...how's everyone feeling?
Do you like the team, want to add another piece, kind of in wait-and-see mode?
I'll kick it off.
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I would say it's unlikely, as the Blue Jackets (and John Tortorella) prefer Jenner on the wing.
Totally agree. And just to clarify, this is the lead sentence: "while they aren’t in the same income range at the moment, the contract signed by one could have a profound impact on the other."
Sure, Werenski isn't going to make $12 million annually -- that's not the suggestion here. It's more about the market impact of a bar-raising deal like McDavid's and what it means for accomplished young players who need a new contract.
See my comment above, my friend -- this wasn't so much a "take" as it was a question based upon informed speculation from Friedman. Basically, does McDavid's new deal (which does raise the bar for young stars) mean that $6 million range is going to rise for players on their second contracts? There are a lot of people who think it's coming sooner than later.
To be clear: the article (including Elliotte's take and mine) does not state that Werenski will make $12 million. It simply poses the question about the "six million" number that many young stars have come in at for their second contract. Because of McDavid's deal raising that bar, there are many in the league who think that "six million" group will get paid more handsomely as a result.
It's a question and a hypothetical, not a take :)
Don't forget: Avalanche assistant GM Chris MacFarland drafted Murray in Columbus and knows him well. That group (led by Scott Howson) was very high on Murray when they got him 2012.