The deal is worth a total of $5.5 million, and carries an annual salary-cap hit of $1,833,333.
That sounds about right. Maybe a little higher than I expected, but I think it's worth it in the long run. I don't have a problem with it. Taking care of the future first.
Offensive D-men with his talent generally make alot more on the open market.
While he's only 23 and still developing, the impact he had on this team early in the season when Gonchar went down cannot be ignored. Six goals, 14 assists and a +5 in 45 games is pretty damn good for a rookie defenseman.
The only reason he didn't stay up here was because we had a backload of defensemen. With Whitney gone and Gonchar's future uncertain, wrapping up deals with Goligoski and Letang should be our top priorities on defense. IMO, both will be huge assets in the very near future.