This is a great idea, Q. We'll look to tackle this. Thanks!
By all accounts (and from multiple reports), there have been little to no discussions with Bobrovsky's camp, period. That's not good. They can handle multiple negotiations at once, and have done it before.
Fully aware of how the system works. It's mostly a reflection on how they got a good deal, despite his trajectory being higher than the players who signed similar long-term deals at RFA age of 22 or 23. For example, would you say the Blue Jackets got Seth Jones, at $5.4M AAV, on a better deal than...
Colton Parayko ($5.5M), Tyson Barrie ($5.5M), Matt Dumba ($6M), Nick Leddy ($5.5M). Is he the same player as Rasmus Ristolainen, who signed a similar deal ($5.4M AAV), hasn't been able to handle a top-four role and hasn't had more than nine goals in a season? Would you rather have 29-point Brady Skjei at $5.25M or Jones at $5.4M?
Sure, this is how it works with players coming off ELCs and no arb rights – but to think good deals just fall into a GM's lap is incorrect. A look around the league shows the Blue Jackets came away better than most, if not all, of their counterparts.
That's not what the article said :) Nash is considerably better.
The Blue Jackets are in no position to turn their noses up a perpetually good player because he's not had playoff success – because they have none themselves. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets are still in "just get into the playoffs" territory given 1) their division and 2) they can't seem to handle any kind of success in the postseason.
Nash just completed his 14th* 20-goal season (*the asterisk is for 2015-16, when he was on 20-goal pace with 15 in 60 GP). He's not 23 anymore, but he still scores goals and is relatively durable.