Rejoint: jui 2018
Mentions "j'aime": 160
I like this deal. Burakovsky played a season where he looked like a 30 goal, 60 point winger. But it's one shortened season. Going longer term on that type of production could be an issue when this team does have some big contracts to contend with in a flat cap world over the next 3 years. Instead, they pay him a below market rate for what he did last year, and don't end up committing long term in the event he doesn't live up to it. This deal feels like the type of deal that happens in the NBA.
In a salary cap league, people spend far more time being worried about potentially having a player walk away for nothing despite the fact that cap space and flexibility have value. If you always give players big term, sometimes those contracts turn out to be a negative value and you wish you could walk away for nothing.
Burakovsky is not a core piece to this team, so avoiding longer terms is probably a good move. If he performs well, then you get two years of a player drastically out performing his cap hit. If he performs decently, then you aren't hurting that bad in his next negotiation, and if he performs poorly you dodge a bullet. You commit to a core of stars, and everyone else is interchangeable as the need arises.