Gotcha. Though the cap hit still seems ludicrous regardless. Don't you agree?
Yes and no. Yes it does right now but I feel like I've said that so many times with contracts before and then in a few seasons it's not really at all.
Montreal did a particularly poor job in handling the last two Subban contracts. His cap hit definitely could've been lower if they'd just signed him long term last time. Instead they gambled on the bridge deal, during which time he won a Norris.