June 24th, 2010, 9:02 am
I never know to express the action of signing again. If I don’t hyphenate, it looks like they are resigning, like Nixon. But is re-sign really correct English? And why am I writing about this when the two major Sharks free agents have, uh, accepted new contracts?
Now, per Bob McKenzie’s twitter, we see that Marleau has signed a new contract worth $6.9M per year for four years, and Pavelski’s is good for $4M per year for the same duration. First of all, I’m surprised that Marleau’s number was so high, but I guess it makes sense after a 44-goal season. Like others have mentioned, I thought it was somewhat likely Marleau would get a ‘lifetime’ contract, for 7 or more years, with a more manageable cap hit. Given that Marleau’s wife is from the Bay Area, and he certainly has roots in the community, it would seem a long-term deal would be right up his alley. But for a player who’s main asset is his speed, I can see the logic in only paying him until he’s 34.
Pavelski’s deal, however, could be a little on the low side. During a podcast discussion we figured his salary range would be between $4M and $5M (between Kesler and Staal, in line with Plekanec’s production), and we just made it. $4M for a good two-way second-line center that may be named the captain in two months? Sounds like a good deal to me. I’m not going to go into the whole cap situation just yet, but this should enable the Sharks to sign Devin Setoguchi to a new contract as well. $3M sounds like the right number, given he only had 19 goals last year.
In other (good) news, Pollak reports the Sharks did a minor deal with Atlanta that greased the skids for Chicago sending Dustin Byfuglien there. That’s Doug Wilson, always the facilitator. Because of a certain maximum number of contracts that could be held per the CBA, ATL was up against the limit, and the Sharks were the white knight. DW took a couple of low level prospects (and a seventh round pick) off of Don Waddell’s hands so the Thrashers could accept Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu’s contracts. I like that deal for Atlanta, and I like that deal for the Sharks. Get the big lug out of the West. It does give the Hawks some cap relief, but it cost them a top 6 forward and a great prospect in Aliu. Atlanta, for once, seems to have this trade solidly in the win column.
All this, and we haven’t even made it to the draft yet. Go Sharks.