Coming off of a 45-point season, New York Rangers‘ Derick Brassard is by no means a stud centerman in the NHL. However, with two-way centers at a premium in this day in age, Brassard had the leverage to ask for more, and more is exactly what he got.
With arbitration starring Brassard and New York Rangers GM Glen Sather right in the face, both sides were able to come to an agreement on a long-term deal right before arbitration (five-year deal, worth $5 million per year).
Now, a five-year deal, worth a total of $25 million, does seem like a lot of money for a 45-point player like Brassard, and this is because, frankly, it is. Unfortunately, with the salary cap increasing this season, with solid centers being a rarity in today’s NHL, and with gaudy contracts given out to centers around the league, like Mikhail Grabovski and Brandon Dubinsky for example, if Brassard were to go to arbitration, he would have most likely been awarded around $4.5 million for one year.
So if you think about it, the Rangers really only paid Brassard about an extra $500,000 to keep him for five years instead of one. Not bad if you look at it that way. However, no one can deny that with Brassard coming off of a 45-point season, and just now entering into his prime at 26 years old, going on 27 in September, that the Rangers are paying Brassard $5 million a year over the next five years on the potential that he can be a 60-point player.
A 60-point player, who is a center, in a league where the salary cap will continue to increase year by year, would see money worth more than Brassard’s new contract. However, if Brassard does not fill his potential in the next year or so, one can certainly look at this deal as an over-payment.