Capped: Assessing post-deadline contract extensions

Alexander MacLean

2020-02-27

Along with a very entertaining trade deadline day came a handful of contract extensions. Some were players re-upping with their current teams, while others were players signing with a new team mere minutes after being traded there. These players are setting the market for July 1st, and give us a little extra time to plan for next season's cap management in our salary cap leagues.

 

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Jake Muzzin (D) – Toronto Maple Leafs

Expiring Cap Hit: $4,000,000

New Cap Hit: $5,625,000

Projected Cap Hit: $4,862,690

 

The Leafs re-signed Muzzin to a four-year extension, at 1.4 times his previous cap hit. All told, it is a reasonable deal for the 31-year-old, but based on the reaction from Leafs fans, you would think he was turning 35 at the beginning of this contract, not the end. As a player who seems set in the production range of 35 points, 150 shots, 170 hits, and 130 blocks, he will have similar value to player such as Jeff Petry and Jared Spurgeon over the last few years, but without the powerplay production. The lack of PPPs is concerning for fantasy owners, and even though Tyson Barrie is leaving in the offseason, between Morgan Rielly and Rasmus Sandin, both power-play units are accounted for. Under Sheldon Keefe, the Leafs have almost solely been running out four forward units, which means that only an injury or two could bring Muzzin's powerplay totals back to life. We know what we are getting in Muzzin, and whether he is worth his contract next year will be up to your league settings.

 

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau (C) – New York Islanders

Expiring Cap Hit: $3,100,000

New Cap Hit: $5,000,000

Projected Cap Hit: $3,797,766

 

After a torrid start to the year, Pageau has put up rather pedestrian numbers of late. His even strength point