Well, the problem was that Fenton waited instead of taking care of business. The bar was set when the Rangers paid Jacob Trouba $8M/7 yrs. How do you go to Spurgeon, who is three times the defenseman Trouba is, and tell him that because you’re over 30 we are paying you less than Trouba?
Yet, they're still far younger than the Wild. The Wild have tied themselves up in NMC's to guys over 30 years old. St. Louis will get older eventually...but the Wild are signing guys over 32 and handing out NMC's the way AOL used to give out demo discs in the mail.
I don't know about "wildly" overpaying him....yes, it is a bit more in term and money than a guy who will be 31 when the contract starts should probably get, but I'd classify it as a bit of an overpay to keep a guy who still brings plenty of offensive/defensive skills and smarts to the team.
The bottom line, IMO, was whether the Wild wanted Jared Spurgeon around or not, because if they don't pay him the 7.5M, someone else certainly would have....and have gotten a solid #2 or #3 defenseman.
WILD WILDLY OVERPAY SPURGEON! IMO, Not really.
And all of the above signed their contracts in lower cap years
Add Trouba's 8M as an RFA, IMO makes Spurgeon's 7.8M pretty close to fair market value.
Now I do wish the term could have been a bit less.
The bar was set with the Jacob Trouba deal.
Year Clause Cap Hit Salary
2019-20 $8,000,000 $12,000,000
2020-21 NMC $8,000,000 $10,000,000
2021-22 NMC $8,000,000 $8,000,000
2022-23 NMC $8,000,000 $6,000,000
2023-24 NMC $8,000,000 $8,000,000
2024-25 MNTC $8,000,000 $6,000,000
2025-26 MNTC $8,000,000 $6,000,000