Cash is relevant as it determines the cap hit. It still comes down to my question: Is Ehrhoff worth more than either Sedin?
cash determines the cap hit, over the life of the contract. Ehrhoff's cap hit is $4.0M, which is less than Sedin's of $6.1M.
A contract being front-loaded by nature is meaningless except that it's more valuable to Ehrhoff
(and nobody else) by way of having more of the cash up front. Cap hit is all that anybody should care about.
You can keep telling yourself the cap hit is all that matters, but Ehrhoff wouldn't have got that "till death do us part deal" here. Which means a deal here would not have included cap reducers. We already had one of those mistakes in Lou's deal and he was an elite player. Ehrhoff on the other hand hasn't even been an all-star, never mind elite. It just shows how desperate Buffalo was. If he was given the money he wanted he would have been the highest paid player here with the cap hit to go with it.
Some guys just fit well in certain places, and Ehrhoff was one of those guys here. Basically from the moment he played his first game, he was an obvious fit.
And fine, don't give him a 10-year deal. Would $5M per year over 8 years really be all that damaging? Oh no, he'd be paid more than Kevin Bieksa; who cares? He's a better player and deserves it. Look at the numbers that he put up with us. Not a lot of 50-point defencemen around the NHL.