He's not in this market. He is an RFA.
EDIT: Also there's the fact that he's not a 4-5M player now. Everybody believes he will be in 3-4 years, and I'm sure that that's how it's going to be structured. He'll be getting less than 4.8 to start, and he'll get more in 3-4 years. 4.8 is very fair and other than Crosby/Ovechkin I don't think there's been a whole lot of 20 year olds to get that sort of offer.
He will be a 4-5+ million dollar man, but he has yet to show consistency at this level. The Jets are paying more than what he's worth now in the hope that he will develop into the player they expect him to be. I believe that this is a very fair deal and that at his age he should be happy to have it.
Perhaps, I just think next season he's easily a 5M player. I understand his status as RFA decreases the salary he should expect, but there are limits. He put up 30 goals last year, close to 30 assists; compare that to an inconsistent, unphysical, defensively incompetent 27 year old Hudler who only put up 25-25 and attracted a 4M offer. And at 20 years old I think it's fair to believe he'll be better next year. The way his trajectory looks, in 3-4 years he won't be a 4-5M player, he'll be a 7M+ player. The guy doesn't just score goals and put up points, he bangs, he fights, he screens goalies; and he's not even close to being fully developed. There aren't many players in the league that combine size, skill, and athleticism the way he does.
I guess at the end of the day, as long as this contract doesn't take up any of his UFA years it's more reasonable. Because once he comes UFA, this guy is gonna break the bank.
Edited by EvoLu7ioN, 25 July 2012 - 05:18 PM.