Henry Hank wrote:Goligoski won't be getting just a modest raise, most likely, and that's part of what throws a wrinkle into the cap for next year. The longer he stays up and the more points he puts up, the higher his price tag will be. Young, offensively gifted defensemen get paid. We saw last summer that not so young, not so great offensively talented guys get paid (Hainsey and Rozsival). It would be in the best interest of the Pens to lock him up long-term this summer because his price will only go up after that. That, of course, means taking on a greater cap hit now to get a better bargain later like they did with Whitney. I see Goligoski signing somewhere in the $2-3 million range depending on how long he stays in the NHL this season and how many years the deal covers.
That sounds right to me. The biggest factor in these deals seem to be the length of the contracts, and, for the most part, they've all been pretty close to what would be expected. There are some exceptions, like the Carter deal, where for the cap hit you'd think the team could get more years, but, its just the way of the league. I'd expect something like $10-12 over 4-5 years to be a decent balance between the two.
I agree that along with the news of the cap either stagnating or dropping, the biggest wrinkle in the plans is this second Goligoski contract. Without these injuries one would have been safe predicting a "modest raise" for Goligoski over a shorter term. Now, that's just not going to happen. I think watching what unfolds on D contracts will be one of the most interesting storylines to watch with this team into next year.