Peter Chiarelli finally did it- he signed RFA center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year deal at an annual average value of $8.5 million against the cap.
Reports were that Draisaitl’s camp was looking for a $9 million dollar per year deal and they managed to get close to that. While Edmonton can afford that this season, next season they’ll be in a real bind.
See, Chia has been in his typical form since the Oilers hired him as GM three seasons ago, handing out big bucks and long term to players that don’t necessarily deserve it (Milan Lucic) as well as NMC and NTCs like they’re candy (Kris Russell). Like I said, it’s all fine and good this season; he has a fully signed roster right now with $8.328 million under the cap. Next season though Chiarelli will have to sign 11 roster spots (currently 7 RFAs and 4 UFAs) with $60.8 million tied up. If the cap stays static at $75 million, that leaves under $14.2 million to do just that. (Thanks to CapFriendly for the numbers and screenshots.)
Everyone always wants more money, not less, so we’ll see how this works out for Chia. I guess they better win now before he has to dismantle the team.
So, now that Draisaitl has signed and that rumoured roadblock to signing David Pastrnak is gone, will our long Bruins National Nightmare soon be over? Hopefully.
Charlie Jacobs spoke with Dale & Holley on WEEI Wednesday to give an update on contract talks.
“There’s no intention to trade David,” Jacobs said. “Our intent is to sign him to a long-term extension. … We certainly haven’t had any discussions with any other teams about trading David. The only discussions we’ve had are between David and David’s agent, and frankly conveying what I just shared with you — our intention is to sign him to a long-term deal. When I say long-term, six or more years. That’s sort of on our radar.”
While this is reassuring, we all knew the trade rumours were crap especially when GM Don Sweeney sent off these three words to the Boston Globe:
“Not trading Pastrnak.”
It’s only a matter of time. He will be signed, it will be long term. Go ahead and say it.