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Postby Jim » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:47 am

Beyond the goaltending situation, McCann and Schultz are the biggest ticket FAs for the Pens this summer.

McCann was looking to get a substantial raise over his $1.25M hit.
11 goals and 17 points (+8) in 32 games as a Pen last year; then 14 goals 28 points (+15) in the first 44 games this year. That's almost a 50p/82 rate (+23), and he gives a lot away from the puck too. Then mid January came... 0 goals and 6 points (-9) in the last 21 games. Could he be playing himself out of a multi-year $4M+ Rutherford contract and into a one year, lower $ bridge deal? He has arbitration rights, but if he finishes the season on this path (say 10 points over half the season), I'm not sure he would "win" that. A show-me bridge deal for McCann would also help the Pens get past Bjugstad's contract.

Will anyone pay Schultz?
Schultz got his $5.5Mx3 deal after getting 51pts (+27) in 78 games in 16-17. Since then he has been racked with injuries, 63 games played 17-18, 29 games played 18-19, and he has already missed 23 games this year. Even with the injuries he was scoring at nearly a 40 point (82 game) pace the last two years, but this year he is on a 20 point (82 game) pace. His +/- has also tumbled from that contract year +27, to +22, to 0, to -14 in each of the three last years. The elephant in Schultz's room is that while he doesn't stink, he really has only had one good year, and that was that contract year. Will someone offer him, at 30 years old, big $ in hopes to re-catch that year? Would he be willing to stay in Pittsburgh for 3rd pair time and $? RD is a bit thin for the Pens. When the Pens traded for Schultz he was on a $3.9M deal. They did not qualify him and instead he accepted a cut to a 1 year $1.4M deal. Could another situation like that happen?

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Postby mikey » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:00 pm

Ya figure the ceiling for McCann at this point is probably the Jakub Vrana contract...2 yrs, $3.35 mil per. 24 year old, 1st round pick, coming off of a 24+23=47 season. I don't see a scenario where he's going to do better than that, as Vrana has more potential.

And then - naturally - you don't want to use UFAs as a comparable...but you look at Alexander Kerfoot and J.T. Compher's respective contracts topping at 4 yrs, $3.5 mil per. I think that further sets the ceiling for McCann...

Schultz, boy, I don't know...

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Postby Trip McNeely » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:04 pm

Ya figure the ceiling for McCann at this point is probably the Jakub Vrana contract...2 yrs, $3.35 mil per. 24 year old, 1st round pick, coming off of a 24+23=47 season. I don't see a scenario where he's going to do better than that, as Vrana has more potential.

And then - naturally - you don't want to use UFAs as a comparable...but you look at Alexander Kerfoot and J.T. Compher's respective contracts topping at 4 yrs, $3.5 mil per. I think that further sets the ceiling for McCann...

Schultz, boy, I don't know...
It’s crazy but Schultz might need to do another 1 year prove it deal if he want a significant 3-4 year contract. If not, I can see him getting well under 5 for three years max. Maybe he takes that though

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Postby MR25 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:09 pm

I feel like someone else will pay Schultz a lot of money (read: more money than the Pens will be willing to give him).

3.35m/yr seems like a good price for McCann. I'd be willing to offer 3 to see if he takes it.

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Postby King Colby » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:49 pm

McCann is a giveaway machine. I wouldnt commit more than one year at this point, unless they plan to let him play center (they **** should)

I can see schultz getting a nice 4 or 5 year deal somewhere. People just love defensemen.

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Postby crusherstasiak » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:44 pm

I can see schultz getting a nice 4 or 5 year deal somewhere. People just love defensemen.
agree
plenty of cache still for the dude who ran a cup winning power play not all that long ago

if mccann strikes out the rest of the season i'm kicking that can down the road

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Postby iamjs » Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:20 pm

with McCann now not having the chance to strike out or succeed, what are you options for him?

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Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy » Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:09 pm

People just love defensemen.
and they especially love our sloppy seconds

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Postby Morkle » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:10 pm

I don’t think I’d take Schultz given that he hasn’t been able to stay healthy and he’s going to get more money from someone else.

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