- at the time Datsyuk signed his contract, he was a better player than Koivu is now, however, he was also 2 years older
- at the time Datsyuk signed his contract, the cap was about $44 million, for Koivu, it's about $57 million (this is the cap from the season just completed in each case). So by comparison, that's about a 30% difference. I think this is the most significant difference, which is probably being overlooked by most.
So, still overpayment today and risk involved, but with these types of deals, you hope the player continues to develop and make the cap hit look low later in his career.
When Datsyuk signed his contract, I thought it was overpayment, but now, not so much. Same thing can happen with Koivu.
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