The new core.
That’s the statement Gillis is making with this signing. Edler is now signed out 2 years further than ANY other Canuck player. He obviously not only believes in him, but in building a team that can be together for years to come.
And while some had dreams of it being at a price of $2.5m per, I believe that Gillis did a good job with 4 years at $3.25m per. Consider that his upside is greater than that of Bieksa who’s jumping into his $3.75m 3 year contract this year. We are going to have Edler here for at least 5 more years.
He’s following a pattern set by his predecessors in getting his RFA’s signed a year in advance. The question is who else is he going to sign that’s currently an RFA.
Restricted Free Agents
Mike Brown – Clearly Gillis doesn’t want to lose him for nothing which he realized when he went to put him on waivers before the season started. My guess is that barring an injury to Rypien (which is 50/50), he’ll be traded and Gillis won’t need to worry about an extention for him.
Rick Rypien – I question his ability to stay healthy, but if he can do it this season, look for Gillis to sign him to a 2-3 year deal in Darcy Hordichuk range… maybe a bit less. (btw, how did Hordichuk end up with a 3 year deal, no way he should have been signed for more than 2).
Jannik Hansen – This kid suprised everyone with his play in the 2007 playoffs, and should have made the team last year if it weren’t for some unfortunate injuries early last season. It’s probably for the best, and it seems he’s found a home on the third line with Kesler and Burrows. You’ll see him signed to a 1 or 3 year deal by the end of the season.
Shane O’Brien – While he was drafted only 4 spots before Nathan McIver, he was once traded for a first round draft pick. But he’s not here to be a top 2 guy, or even a top 4. He’s here to add toughness on the backend and still put in quality minutes. He’ll be resigned, but he’s unlikely to get much of a raise. Expense a 2 year deal at $1.1 – $1.3m per.
The Chief Canuck