Ok fair enough: let's add the names of guys who were key players in getting their team to a Final. We add Briere, Timonen, and Kovalchuk. Does that really make anything any better? Briere was bought out, Kovalchuk would be a buyout candidate, and Timonen was a great addition. A lot of the red on that list remains red because they were dumb contracts.
As for Stammer's comparison I'd say Kovalchuk is pretty much his equal. He was 27 and an elite goal scorer.... and right now his contract would look bad for NJD as he hasn't exactly been setting the KHL on fire. He'd be a 30 goal, 55-60 point guy still on the hook for like 7 more years and he would decline as time goes on. Silver lining for NJD is he wouldn't be cock blocking any young players who need his spot/money, at least for right now.
I guess the question becomes "is Stamkos a franchise player you spend 11 million on?" For me, my answer is hell no, at least not since his injury. He's not 60 goal or 50 goal Stamkos anymore. Those who are under the illusion with that's the kind of guy they think they're getting haven't been paying attention. I don't think it's bold to say he will never be a PPG guy again in his career. He'll still be a 40+30 guy, but in what universe is that worth 11 million?
To me it is telling that Tampa fans adore Stammer, he's their captain, their supposed franchise piece... but they don't want him at a penny more than 9.5. That's mostly their honest appraisal of a guy they've watched and loved for many years, but they will tell you he's not the same player he was. They know something. Also doesn't sit right with me that he was injured and Tampa didn't really miss him at all. He also disappeared in the playoffs and they made the Final in spite of it. How crucial a cog is he to a winning machine?
I expect him to go for 11, and 11 million is 15% of the cap right now. Drury and Gomez deals were each equivalent to 15% of the cap unless I'm mistaken. They are really the only comparable players because that was before the practice of cap circumvention and that throws off deals like Suter, Parise, Richards, Hossa, Kovalchuk.
also ayy lmao Buffalo giving Ehrhoff a 10 year deal forgot about that one