What could/should a new contract for Jake Muzzin look like?

Yesterday on TSN’s Insider Trading segment, Bob McKenzie shared the beautiful news that the Leafs are beginning contract negotiations with Jake Muzzin. Normally the idea of the Leafs re-signing a 31 year old defenseman, as well as the idea of Kyle Dubas negotiating any kind of contract would be a cause for panic, but if anything has been abundantly clear over the past month, it’s that the Leafs need (a healthy) Jake Muzzin.
What does it look like it would cost the Leafs?
Well, looking back at some unrestricted free agent top four defensemen, it’s pretty clear that Muzzin could wind up making almost anything…
Player
Age
Team
Term
Cap Hit
Date Signed
Josi
29
NAS
8
9.059
29-Oct-19
Faulk
27
STL
7
6.5
24-Sep-19
Spurgeon
29
MIN
7
7.575
14-Sep-19
Gardiner
29
CAR
4
4.05
6-Sep-19
Myers
29
VAN
6
6
1-Jul-19
Stralman
32
FLA
3
5.5
1-Jul-19
Edler
33
VAN
3
6
20-Jun-19
Karlsson
29
SJ
8
11.5
17-Jun-19
Schmidt
27
VEG
6
5.95
25-Oct-18
Ellis
27
NAS
8
6.25
14-Aug-18
Hjalmarsson
31
ARI
2
5
1-Jul-18
Johnson
31
PIT
5
3.25
1-Jul-18
Green
32
DET
2
5.375
30-Jun-18
Vlasic
30
SJ
8
7
1-Jul-17
It’s safe to say that Muzzin is not Josi or Karlsson, but cases can be made for similarities to a lot of other players on this list. The two most recent precedents of Alex Edler (3 yrs @ $6M) …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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