I like this contract very much.
Three years at an AAV of 2M$ for a defenceman that can score and move the puck efficiently is a fine deal indeed.
From Wiercioch's perspective he gets a secured roster spot in Ottawa, something I imagine he pegged as far from a certainty only a few months ago. Not to mention the third year pays 2.7M$, a boon when it comes time to be qualified.
Seems a pretty fair deal for both sides.
When looking at comparables over the length of an entry-level contract, Alex Goligoski matches real well based on games played and production:
The salary cap is 7.5M$ higher than it was in 2009/10, so Wiercioch's contract is reasonably a little richer despite playing fewer minutes, most of the difference can be chalked up to power-play time anyway.
To my eye Wiercioch had an excellent rookie season, opening day in Winnipeg I thought he and Benoit were for much of the game the Senators best pairing. The flashes of his skill and hockey sense on the power-play were evident early, and later we saw his patented stretch pass and total cannon. His shot per game rate of 1.92 is very strong for a first year player...or a veteran for that matter. Next to Alfredsson and Karlsson, Wiercioch had the best even-strength scoring chance differential on the team at +32. I'm also of the mind whatever defensive deficiencies he might have are overblown, and easily outweighed by what he brings elsewhere.no comments