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https://www.tsn.ca/tim-stutzle-eight-year-contract-extension-ottawa-senators-1.1845706

 

Another ridiculous contract extension.  He's got the potential to be a solid player.  Not really a game changer, but a solid player.  And, a 7.425 mil raise is a huge reach where a front office is, again, hoping a player earns the raise instead of already proving they deserve the raise.

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The Sens are pretty quick to lock up their young core to massive extension... $8.3M AAV is damn huge and Ottawa's front office is opting to pay their top players for what they will bring in the future and not for what they have accomplished. The good point is Stützle will be paid top money at his prime, it's still a huge gamble though.

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The first two posts are the opposite side of the same coin. 

Running a team in the salary cap era is damned tricky. There will always be risks. I see where both sides of the coin can be right. 

Ottawa got burned a couple of times when they didn't lock a young potential star down when they had the opportunity in the past, so it makes some sense to me that they would try to avoid repeating a mistake. Could Stutzle wind up underperforming that contract or does he prove it to be a bargain ?

I think he's a good player to take that chance on. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, mojo1917 said:

Ottawa got burned a couple of times when they didn't lock a young potential star down when they had the opportunity in the past, so it makes some sense to me that they would try to avoid repeating a mistake.

Sorry.  Just can't agree here that it even makes some sense.  It's one thing to "lock up" a young potential star.  It's a completely different thing to ridiculously overpay a 20 year old who has 34 goals and 53 assists in just 132 NHL games with a raise of 7.425 mil over their ELC.  Again, he appears that he's going to be a solid player.  But, not a game changing superstar that deserves 8 mil + per year.  Once again, "good players" are not "great players."

 

It's bad for the league.  It's bad for many of these young players, giving them little to nothing to prove in their future, allowing them to simply become takers of paychecks.  Of course, not all young players will resort to just going through the motions and might actually earn the contract they're given.  But, it sets a horrible standard to allow some of them(and even if it's some of them, it's bad for the league) to just float through their careers while getting grossly overpaid.  Not only is this bad for more mature, older players when given money they don't deserve, it can be much more damaging to young players that are still maturing.  It's absolutely bad for the long term stability of the organizations with these front offices making these mistakes.  It sets a horrible standard for the future negotiations that other young players will now have when it comes to what they're expecting and believe they are worth(the dreaded two words - "Market Value").  And it's very bad for the CBA negotiations that will have to take place when the CBA expires in Sept 2026.

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