Dec 3, 2011; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson honors assistant athletic trainer Wes Howard (not pictured) before the game against the Florida Panthers at HP Pavilion. Florida defeated San Jose 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Avoiding The Landmines Of The Long-Term Deal: An Ode To Doug Wilson

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May 7, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) in game five of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

When Shea Weber’s 14-year offer sheet from Philly was announced earlier this week I had a few distinct thoughts:

  1. Wow, Philly is going to be dynamite this year.
  2. What if he gets injured or underperforms?
  3. What if Nashville matches and he’s stuck in a city he doesn’t want to play in for 14 years?
  4. Thank God Doug Wilson had the good sense to not send out a comparable offer.

David Pollack at the Merc claims the Sharks were in the hunt and, in the end, it seems that if Wilson won’t confirm or deny it there might be a kernal of truth to it.  In it or not, the Sharks nation is breathing a huge sigh of releif that we didn’t get roped into something like this.  In case you’re curious, the Sharks don’t have a deal like this on the books.  The longest current player contract is the new Vlasic deal, set to expire at the end of the 2017-2018 campaign.  Working backwards, Brent Burns’ deal expires in 2017, Burish in 2016 and then a few players in 2015.  Wilson’s been smart about building his roster with shorter-term deals to be able to get rid of players who’re not so good (Huskins) and replace them with deals that are great (Couture).

Our fearless leader wrote a great piece earlier this morning you should read on contract length, salary level, even touching on locker room rifts as a result of salaray discrepancy.  That HAS to play in when figuring out who gets long-term deals versus who doesn’t.  Think Wilson should be signing players to longer-term deals to attract elite talent?  Think again.  Joe Thornton’s 3-year deals have become the stuff of legend.  So I got to thinking, what players out there would be worth a long-term deal like this?  10+ years?  The list ain’t long and certainly there aren’t any FA’s left who’d qualify.  Who would qualify?  A 100% healthy Sidney Crosby?  Ovechkin?  Tweet me your thoughts @bluelineboomer

~BB

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