overpayment. Looking at his previous year stats, Not sure why so many silly canucks fan think this is a "steal" He is certainly not a offensive dman, with the numbers to back it up. Solid defensively. 5.5 million too early in his career to make that type of money. He would never gotten that in Vancouver
It's not all about stats. You need to watch the games. Phoenix fans will tell you since the start of last-season he has been their de-facto number 1 defenseman. Better than Yandle. Better defensively and this season he has very good offensive numbers to boot.
Your post is clearly uninformed. Ekaman-Larsson is a very good defenseman. It's a great deal. In year 2+ of this contract it will be an absolute steal. I can see him being a consistent 40+ point, 24+ min and solid defensive player.
The structure of the deal is also very beneficial to the Coyotes. They're not a cap team, so the cap hit doesn't really matter. It's the salary that matter to them and the deal is backloaded. So now while he is still developing he will be making 3.5 million, then 4 million and later in the deal the salary will increase.
What is the deal with Mike Gillis, it always seems like he's sweating...