A Marner bridge deal to make us all happy

The restricted free agent dominoes haven’t quite started to fall just yet, but with the signing of Blue Jackets’ defenceman Zach Werenski this morning, the talk of comparable value is sure to take off again for the next couple days, especially with training camps opening this week. Given Werenski is a blue-liner, his signing doesn’t do much to move the needle on Mitch Marner and other big name forwards like Point, Rantanen, and Tkachuk, but the structure – a three year bridge that averages out to $5-million annually – can give us some inspiration for a Marner deal if he chooses to go short term.

#CBJ have agreed to terms with RFA D Zach Werenski on a three-year, $15 million contract, as first reported by @KevinWeekes.
Deal should be official later today.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 9, 2019

Werenski’s contract shakes out like this: $4-million in year one, $4-million in year two, and a jump to $7-million in year three. Now at first glance this goes against what we’re used to seeing with front-loaded contracts where as much money is dished out early as possible. But in a bridge contract where Werenski will still be an RFA in three years, it …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

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