I don't think it's a great deal, it's an average deal at best for a player who has yet to prove himself for a full NHL season, has a career -2, and who had one strong season after many people were calling for his head a season prior. On the plus side, he's young and has lots of potential. But I don't think it's a "great" deal because you don't know what you are gonna get.
Agree. It could become a great deal IF he continues to grow. I don't think that's a sure thing, hopefully it happens.
Two sides to the spend story, on one hand he's indicating he was working with a limited budget and then on the other he throws away 4.8M on Clowe for 5 years. Spend wisely and he may have had more to show for it. Not saying every deal was bad but he made his share of bad ones along the way in recent years when he was given less to spend.
Also interesting to see Shero say now is not the time to spend to the cap max. Wonder if that's based on his vision of the right players not being available or that he doesn't have it to spend if he wanted to. Probably a combination of the two?