Originally Posted by EddyBeers
Well in Skinner's first two years he got 51 goals and 56 assists in 146 games.
Tavares had 53 goals and 68 assists in 161 games. Tavares averaged 0.75 PPG and Skinner averaged 0.73 PPG. I would say there is not much separating either player. Skinner is getting an extra 225K a year on Tavares, or basically less than the increase in the salary cap from last year to this year.
This is something that I think we have to start recognizing more. If players want to sign huge, long-term blockbuster deals they are going to take a hit year after year in what effectively amounts to inflation.
When Iginla signed his $7M contract that was Franchise player money. Right now the highest paid player in the league next season will be earning double that and hes a defenceman. Right now Iginla is tied for 23rd highest paid NHL player.
If this is whats happened in the 7 years since the lockout, where do you think Franchise player money will be when guys like Kovalchuk, Parise and Weber's deals are done?