Originally Posted by <3_Tha_Grind
backlund signs for 725k. sick deal
It'd be even better if they could offload Stajan somehow.
Originally Posted by Triumph36
they'll pay for that next year when he is arbitration eligible
i guess i see why NHL teams nickel and dime players like this in this spot, to make sure they understand that the NHL is not a guarantee, but still, if that weren't a concern a 3 year 4.5M deal would be sick value
I don't think Backlund would've wanted a longer contract though. Broken hand to start the season, never really got healthy and he looked downright lost at times. As a player, I don't think that's the kind of season that makes you think "let's aim for longer term."
It's like Comeau's situation - if you really think you're primed for a bounceback year, why look for anything but short term? Fill the net instead and get paid next summer.