- The Brassard/ZBad trade: we threw in a 2nd round pick to save on Brassard's July 15th bonus of $2M. Likely not a huge deal, but still an asset we gave away for money-related concerns.
Can't argue with anything there. We gave up an asset to save $2M (plus the cost of developing that asset).
- Brassard's actual salary: He's making $5M this coming season, then $3.5M in the final two years. This saves actual money over what ZBad is going to make.
First, saving money is never a bad thing. Brassard has been a better player than Zibanejad and, given his slow progress, it is likely to remain like that for the next 2-3 years. After that we will have White/Brown contending for that role. I think the real story here is that the organization challenged Zibanejad (remember when Murray said he saw him as the 1C over Turris) and he responded with marginal improvements, so they have decided to cut their losses. They likely figure that there is a chance he keeps progressing slowly over the next 3-4 years and that White/Brown will catch up to him by that point in time, while still on their ELC.
- Hoffman signing: He's only going to make $3.8M next season, and then $5.65M the last three. There's a reason that the salary is lower in 16/17...maybe Melnyk is hoping that by 17/18, he'll have more cash flow? Also, I don't think the Hoff has a NMC this coming season...something to keep an eye on.
There could be many reasons for that. Having the salary go up is actually making it more difficult to trade him. Having NTC that only starts next year actually means he'll be protected in the expansion draft. They know they will lose a player in the expansion draft so that opens up some salary space. And, of course, they probably will raise ticket prices.
- All the contracts: In fact, Hoffman's isn't the only contract structured like this. Pretty much every multi-year contract the Sens have signed with players escalates over the years (Karlsson, Stone, Turris , Smith, Ryan, Pageau, etc). This doesn't fully align with what other teams do.
I don't understand this comment. It doesn't appear to be stating an opinion. So not sure where you are going with it. It's different from what other teams do so what?
- Phaneuf: Even the Phaneuf trade saved us real dollars in the short-term.
Hey, we got a better defenseman and saved some money short-term and, as it turns out, we burned the Leafs (who were expecting to get $600K cap relief from the Cowen buyout that won't happen).
Anyway, I agree that the Sens are doing a good job managing the cap currently, and need to maintain a bit of flexibility to continue to resign guys. We'll see how it turns out long-term. Resigning Stone and Turris next offseason will be the next big hurdle for the Sens accountants to overcome.
We will see how it plays out then.