Why do so many people think this deal is a "steal"? I didn't think that at all when I saw and I did a little more digging to see how it compares to the others. A lot of people have been saying they thought he'd get $5-6M, but I look at it as a guy that is signed through to the age of 39, he has had some injuries and he plays a style that tends to lead to injuries. I agree that he probably would have gotten more on the open market, but he wasn't signed in the open market. Here is a list of all of the dmen in the league that make $5M+ (a lot of the guys making that money were signed in the open market)
Player, age at end of contract, average points over last 4 years.
Visnovsky, 38, 46
Chara, 41, 47
Bouwmeester, 30, 33 - overpaid, was way overhyped, good player, but not to the level of hype
Seabrook, 31, 34
Keith, 36, 48
Wisniewski, 33, 41
Lidstrom, 42, 60
Campbell, 36, 42 - everyone knows his deal was stupid
Doughty, 29, 42
Markov, 35, 51
Weber, 26, 41
Gonchar, 39, 40 - Ottawa was desperate for a powerplay quarterback
Timonen, 38, 41
Yandle, 29, 43
Rozival, 33, 28
Martin, 34, 25 - looks overpaid, but signed on open market when not a lot of good dmen were available
Boyle, 37, 48 - everyone knows his deal was stupid
Phaneuf, 29, 42
Green, 26, 57
Byfuglien, 30, 39
By comparison, Kronwall's contract ends at the age of 39 and he's averaged 36 pts. I know a lot of people will argue that some of the best defensemen don't score a lot of points, which is true, but when it comes to getting paid a lot of money, you tend to need that part of the game as well.
So, based on that list, the only guys making more than $5M and signed to the age of 39 are Chara, Lidstrom and Gonchar. A lot of the players on the list were signed on the open market as well. Kronwall's salary should be a little lower because he wasn't a UFA and he signed a long-term deal to the age of 39...he had to take a bit of a discount to get that type of security.
So, I think it is a pretty fair deal, still some risk, but I don't see it as this great steal like a lot of others.
You can't just disregard other defensemen around the league and say "only Chara, Lidstrom, and Gonchar count." because that's not the case. Also, all of those defensemen played top-unit PP time. Kronwall plays second unit. when the Wings had Hossa, the second unit was as good as many #1 units. Kronwall scored 51 points. Look at ES scoring for defensemen the past few years; Kronwall is among the leaders most years. And better defensively than most.
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