Alex DeBrincat – 3 years, $19.2 million
Okay, we said the Devils won’t accept anything below four years, but anything is possible we suppose, so here’s the Alex DeBrincat deal. The Chicago Blackhawks signed DeBrincat when he was just 21 years old. He followed up a 28-goal rookie season with 41 in his second year. He was someone the Blackhawks took with their second-round pick, so he wasn’t supposed to be a superstar in their eyes. He build his legacy into that, and they made him prove himself with a new deal. This is going to really cost the Blackhawks in the long run.
The Devils and fans probably want to avoid this deal, but if the Devils aren’t willing to open their wallets, then Bratt might not give them another choice. This would be better than the one-year deal that would come from arbitration. The Devils want at least some length on the deal.
DeBrincat settled for $6.4 million because he is able to become a free agent again after next season. The Devils don’t want to deal with this again anytime soon, especially since this would be around the time they would have to pay Alexander Holtz, but it may be inevitable.
All these deals seem to be around the same place in terms of the dollar amount. The Devils are going to pay Bratt somewhere between $5.8 and $7.75 million depending on the length of the deal. The longer the deal, the higher the AAV. Which deal would make you the happiest?