I love DD but if any of you armchair GMs think it's easy to negotiate a contract with a kid who has only played 70 games or whatever, then you're snorting the crack dust, plain and simple.
To me, DD is to the D what Tatar is to the offence. Both have had similar career arcs so far, except Tatar has a Calder Cup MVP under his belt and almost scored 20 last year in his first almost full season.
If you ask me, something like 2.75-3M/year for 3 years would have gotten this deal done a month ago. I have a hard time thinking Holland wouldn't offer that. Makes me think that it's DD's camp that is being unrealistic, not Holland.
I could be wrong, but I'm thinking DD would've taken that offer ($2.75 to $3 million per season for 3 seasons), but I'm guessing Holland is looking to offer less since DD is a RFA.
We obviously don't know what's going behind the scenes, but this is exactly what I feared...One of our more promising Dmen not getting signed, and potentially sitting out for some time.
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