on the common market. Pie is not worth more than 3m.
If Petro were a UFA, he would definitely be worth more than $3m on the open market. Are you kidding me? David friggin' Clarkson got a deal worth almost $6m per season. Petro is one of the premier young defenders in the league. He's had one down year and if you look at the numbers, it wasn't all that bad really. His rookie and second seasons were outstanding. I'm just not sure how you could say Petro wouldn't be worth $3m on the open market with a straight face. Jackman and Brewer once had $4m per year deals. This is a league that overpays for defenseman.
Well, numbers don't tell the story about how Petro played last year...and rarely do G, A, & +/- define how good a defensman is anyway.
There aren't stats on failing to hold the puck in at the blue line, or mishandling the puck...things like that.
I'm sorry, but Petro was Brewer-like at times last year as far as making stupid mistakes with the puck. He was supposed to have a Norris caliber season and he was probably only the 3rd or 4th best d-man on our team. He had a down year in only his 3rd season, and has only had one great year. That's just too small a sample size.
I think (and hope) that he might be a great defensman, he has the tools, you can see the talent is there...but Eric Johnson had that hype. So did Eric Brewer. I'm glad we didn't give EJ a huge, long term contract.
Just because some teams stupidly overpay for certain players, doesn't mean that Petro is automatically worth that or more. I understand that the market drives the prices, but market anomalies shouldn't be factored in, nor should they trump fair value for other players...and the Blues understand that. Those kinds of contracts aren't he norm and should be treated as such.
The league may overpay for defensemen every now and then, but the Blues don't. The Blues rarely overpay for anyone...and if they do, it's a short term conract that won't handcuff them financially for 8 years.
I get that the stats don't all tell the tale. I realize Petro wasn't at his best last year, but once J-Bouw became his partner, he settled down a bit. I'm just confused by all this Petro bashing. Here's a guy we all would have KILLED for when Brewer was our #1, now we've got him and we're ripping him apart.
An 8 year deal is tough to swallow, but as I said in the other Petro thread, if you sign him to a bridge contract of, say, 2 years, and then in that 2nd year he wins the Norris...now you're paying out the wazoo whether you like it or not. I suppose you might say he's earned the big contract and the huge amount of money, but it's still a risk.
I'm not opposed to a bridge deal, but if you signed Petro at 6 or 6.5 per this year, that could be a bargain in 3-4 years.