I'd be happy for 5 yrs/4mil per. He's already a solid 2nd pairing guy and he's about to enter his prime years. 4 mil will be less than going rate for a quality 2 pairing defenseman. Barring injury he should only get better, so I'd want to lock those years up now at a decent rate then wait 2 years and risk having to pay him or 6 mil a year.
I believe he'll be UFA after the 18/19 season (so age 26), since after this season he'll have accrued 3 seasons (and needs 7 to reach UFA). But I might be off on that.
Either way...4-5y/20m seems to be the going rate for young D coming off their ELC (yes, I know he signed a 1y deal prior to this season) but I'd probably try to go for a longer deal to try and keep the caphit down.
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