"Oh, this contract will hurt Flames in 3-4 years". SO WHAT!? And fortunately for the Calgary fans (I'm not), their GM doesn't care too. The team is on "win now mode". So, it doesn't matter what will happen with the contract in 4 years. It's a very good sign RIGHT NOW. This is everything that Calgary must care about. 100% with this sign. Specially, because the Islanders lose him as well.
This is a great signing for Calgary IMO. It won't look good in year 4+, but Calgary is trying to win now and Kadri's cap hit is very cheap for what he brings. Even if he regresses to 60 PT's and the 2nd line, it's still fair value. Makes sense for Calgary's plans.
Win now mode for Calgary. Ideal term would have been 5 years. The AAV is good imo but will likely be a poor contract in the last year or two. Can't wait to see Kadri against McDavid multiple times a year, that will be fun