His cap hit was under the minimum last season. His salary wasn't. His hit was slightly over minimum for the first two years.
And he's not worth more than $500k to us. We'd be better off without him. Maybe it will force us to get a real defenseman.
Defensemen in Meech's age range who scored a similar PPG make between $500k and $1.5m. Another thing is that Meech can use Jonathan Ericsson's contract as a comparable, as given similar ice time Meech's offensive numbers come close to Ericsson's despite play time, plus Meech has the advantage of speed and is better than Ericsson defensively. Meech could end up with a contract at $525k, or he could end up with a contract at close to $1m. My bet is that he is signed before arbitration occurs.