Rejoint: oct 2016
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Pens fan here. My opinion is just as valuable / worthless as everyone else's here.
I think this is a slight but acceptable overpayment.
All the above mentioned comparables exhibit the same basic characteristics of this contract: this is the cost of a 2nd pairing defenseman.
I don't think Pettersson is anywhere near the best 2nd pairing Dman and also don't think he's a bum. What I DO know is that right now his chemistry with his team mates and his buy-in to Pittsburgh's system is working. That's more than I can say for other defenders who have passed through in recent years.
Ultimately he's a relatively young guy who may pan out, and maybe his contract is a great deal in 3 years, maybe its a trash deal in 3 years; but at the end of it all, if Pitt can make deep runs in the post season or navigate the rest of the roster moves and future signings with better clarity than this is simply what had to be done.
What were the other options? Not sign the dude? Create a charade? Have this get in the way of resigning our goalies? Alienate the relationship with the coach? Disrupt locker room chemistry?
**** it, just give him a borderline deal and see if it works.
There are more factors to consider than eye ball tests, stats, advanced metrics etc.