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William Nylander contract a starting point for Brayden Point negotiations

William Nylander contract a starting point for Brayden Point negotiations
Published On: Tue, Dec 04
Apr 7, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (39) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

One of the Julien Breisboisa€™ first big challenges as the General Manager of theA Tampa Bay LightningA will be taking care ofA Brayden Point. Point is in the last year of his entry level contract and needs a new deal. Nothing has to be done right away, but eventually discussions with Pointa€™s agent will heat up. It has already been reported that Point and the Lightning wona€™t be talking an extension during the season, but that he is open to either a long-term deal or a bridge contract.

Over the last four or five seasons, there have been a lot of players that have been similar toA William NylanderA and Brayden Point coming off of their entry level contracts. These are young forwards generally 21-23 years of age that have already established themselves in the NHL for at least a couple of seasons with scoring rates in the 60-point range. This has given us a large number of comparable players and contracts, many of which have been examined over and over during the Nylander stalemate. Many were even comparables back whenA Nikita KucherovA was going through the same situation before signing a bridge contract.

Players likeA Mark Scheifele,A Nathan MacKinnon,A Sean Monahan,A Aleksander Barkov,A Bo HorvatA are all centers that have signed the past few seasons in the $5.5 million to $6.5 million range. Then there were also played likeA Johnny Gaudreau,A David Pastrnak,A Dylan Larkin,A Filip Forsberg,A Nikolaj Ehlers,A Brandon Saad, andA Jonathan HuberdeauA as wingers that have signed in a similar range of salary cap hits.

But withA William NylanderA signing for just under $7 million, hea€™s helped to reset the market for such players a little bit. A few had broken through the market likeA Vladimir TarasenkoA signing for $7.5 million andA Leon DraisaitlA signing for $8.5 million. Tarasenko though had scored 37 goals and 73 points the year before signing his big extension and has continued to produce in that area.A DraisaitlA likewise had scored 29 goals and 77 points the season prior to his deal.

All of this adds together to the potential that a long-term contract for Brayden Point could simply be too expensive for the Lightning to handle at this time. I understand that at this point a lot of you are probably yelling at the monitor a€œTRADE KILLORN!a€ or a€œTRADE JOHNSON!a€ or a€œTRADE EVERYONE!a€ But then I have to ask you this question; is the team better off with just Point or with Point plus whoever you want to trade? I think pretty much universally the answer is that the team is better with Point plus whoever you want to trade to make room.

The problem also lies in the No Trade Clauses that the Lightning have given to many of the players that youa€™re probably yelling at the screen right now.A Ryan CallahanA has a modified-no trade clause and could be traded.A J.T. MillerA likewise has a modified no trade clause. On the other hand,A Tyler JohnsonA cana€™t be traded until after 2020-21 andA Alex KillornA cana€™t be traded until after 2019-20. Your idea of getting rid of one of those players to make room doesna€™t really help the team in 2019-20 to make room for Point on a long-term deal.

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