mfitz804 Posted July 13, 2021 Share Posted July 13, 2021 Jack presents us with an interesting situation that I don't believe we (or anyone) has ever been exposed to before. Jack signed his 3 year entry level deal like everyone. Then his rookie season was cut short by Coronavirus. Then his second year was shortened by the virus. We basically got a little more than two half-seasons for the first two years of his entry level contract. Based on that, I feel Jack's development has been slowed. He lost out on nearly half a season of experience between the two years. And we "lost out" on two RFA years. Now, going into Year 3, its time that we can talk about a contract extension. Which sounds completely weird, because two years went by so fast. The question is, what does Jack get for his next contract? He has clearly not shown himself to be an NHL star at present. He has shown enough development between seasons 1 and 2 that you have to assume he will get there. But what do you use as a basis to pay him? What he's shown, or what he will most likely show? If I am paying him based on what he's done, he's a $5-6m player at best. If you are paying him based on where you expect he'll be by the end of the extension, he's a more expensive player. What the heck kind of offer will he be expecting and what offer will we make? As far as term goes, it has to be whatever the max is. I assume for RFA's its the same 8 years you can offer a UFA. That would give us 4 of his UFA years, which is the absolute best you can do and the longest you can lock him up from now. As far as dollars go, I am at a loss. My gut says "give him what Nico got", but I think Jack's upside is higher and he may wind up very underpaid if that is what we do. What do you think? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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