Howson on the Rick Nash signing:
"He allowed us some flexibility," Howson said. "He's aware that by signing this contract that other players will be able to get paid as well."I wonder what his original contract demands were. At 7.8 million per year, there aren't many players making more than Rick Nash: only Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and he's tied with Brad Richards. Would you say he is he worth more than:
- Zdeno Chara
- Niklas Lidstrom
- Jarome Iginla
- Roberto Luongo
- Thomas Vanek
- Joe Thornton
- Pavel Datsyuk
But Danny Briere? Brian Campbell? Come on. These aren't franchise players. It's because the market is full of these crappy contracts that Rick Nash is "worth" 7.8 million per year. GM's can't keep signing these guys to ridiculous contracts because not all these guys are franchise players (whether the Thomas Vanek situation applies is up for debate, because at his cap hit, I bet the Sabres are thanking the Oilers now).
I just wonder how many of these lifetime deals included NMCs and NTCs?