Capped: Navigating Defence Contracts, Part 4

Logan Doyle

2021-11-18

With the final part of our series on defenceman contracts we'll take a look at the ones that make us pump our fists and help us sleep at night. Those defenceman whicih have surprised almost everyone, including their agents. Those value players that bring us back year after year and help you win championships.

If you are reading for the first time you can find Part I – here, where I covered the summer spending spree, Part II – here, where I covered off the mid-tier defencemen that had their values altered due to Part I, and Part III – here, where we look at the increase in cost of hit and block specialists and looked some of the new cheap peripheral specialists on the rise. 

Let's dive right in.

We'll start with a points-only specialist. After Cale Makar and Dougie Hamilton signed for huge money, most expected the league leader in points by a defencemen would sign for a lot more than initially expected. And then Tyson Barrie threw everyone for a loop and re-signed in Edmonton for a dizzying $4.5M per year, for three years.

I say points only specialist because Barrie is like a desert oasis. Unless he puts up points, he will leave the rest of your categories dry, baren, and void of signs of life.  He has only surpassed 200 shots on goal once in his career, averages a hit every two games and barely a block a game. If you count penalties, forget it, he needs a map to find the penalty box.

All that said, he can stumble his way to 50 points in Edmonton. Give him a hot streak and he will easily push 60 points with potential for more if stars align. With all the eight- and nine-million-dollar contracts handed out to defencemen the past five months, having a defenceman that can offer similar, if not better offensive production at half the cap-hit is huge.

I like balance, so let's find some peripheral balance for Barrie with one of my favorite multi-cat finds, Mackenzie Weegar. Landing a defenceman that can provide 50-point pace without any power-play exposure is incredibly rare. Even more rare is the ability to repeat that type of pace. Don't hedge bets, expect some regression closer to that 40-point range.

Regardless, at $3.2M that's a steal. That doubles when we consider the fact that most Weegar owners claimed him as a free agent last season.  This makes him a good to great own in points only pools. In multi-cat his value climbs furthe