Pavs will have a 7 year, 7 mil per contract extension by July 1. No doubt in my mind.
That's what I'm worried about.....long term, high cap hit to which he likely won't be worth. A contract like that wouldn't look too good in a few years (going by the law of averages, decline will begin to set in). Such a contract would bring him to the age of 43 I think.
It worked well with Lidstrom where he started signing shorter term deals once he got to a certain age, but not sure what happens here.
Not sure why Babcock would be so confident though, he's not the one negotiating contracts.