Wideman's contract is a lot safer but he got overpaid by about a mil while the Garrison contract is a gamble considering he just had a career year. Garrison was also grossly overpaid by a mil if not more but that does tend to happen to players coming off a career year.
The Flames got a proven veteran while the Canucks got a unproven potential top 4 defencemen.
* He still has a lot to prove, 1 good year isn't enough to be considered a top 4 lock
TBH I don't like either deal but if Garrison can show that he isn't a one year show, he will be the better contract. Wideman is on the better contract as we know what he can do...
* We can make assumptions (Bouwmeester x2) but you cannot deny the fact that Wideman is the safer contract.
* Both contracts will probably be "steals" in a few years given the bigger paydays every other July 1st..
^ Assuming they both live up to their contracts
My guess is that Wideman will be solid in Calgary but his point production will go down to around 35 points. I believe that Garrison will gel with the team and chip-in about 30 points while being a defensive specialist. Overall, I don't think either team will be crying and whining about these contracts this time next year.
* Calgary made a mistake by giving out another clause, we can dump Garrison if he busts
* I don't mind Garrison but I'm not a fan of the contract (term) given the HUGE risk. That is all.
Edited by A1 CANUCK, 02 July 2012 - 05:30 PM.