Pittsburgh Penguins: Dumoulin’s New Deal and Why We Love It

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin sealed a 6 year, 24.6 million dollar prolongation this past week.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans have something to applaud (aside from, we know, another crater victory) in a summer that has seen some dear players leave their team.

The immature D-man sealed on for 6 some-more years of Pittsburgh hockey, and I’m a big, large fan of this deal.

Young defensemen who can play responsibly during both ends will always be a prohibited commodity in today’s league. Locking adult a 25 year aged who’s proven he can play during a mature spin is excellent by me.

A tip strike of 4.1 million is satisfactory for a blue liner. As armchair GM’s, we’d all adore for him to pointer for 10 years during joining minimum, though this isn’t NHL ’08 on Gamecube.

The Term

First off, an essential member in Dumoulin’s understanding was removing it finished before a settlement hearing. A player’s agreement can usually final a limit of dual years if dynamic by an arbitrator.

Before a hearing, both parties concluded to a 6 year contract. So exclusive a trade, Brian Dumoulin will be a Pittsburgh Penguin from age 25 to 31. With dual full seasons underneath his belt, as good as dual Stanley Cups, hopefully Dumoulin’s best is nonetheless to come.

Dumoulin’s signing also means he, Letang, Schultz, Maatta will anchor a behind finish for during slightest he subsequent 3 seasons.

I’m certain it’s smashing for Dumo to have a subsequent 6 year’s salaries settled. On a flip side, a group only sealed this contestant by a primary years of his life. Cheers all around.

The Money

This new understanding sets a immature back guard’s tip strike during 4.1 million per year. He becomes a third tip paid defenseman on a team, hardly circumference out Olli Maatta. According to CapFriendly.com, it’s also on standard with guys like Niklas Hjalmarsson and Alexei Emelin.

The tip strike competence spin people off since #8 isn’t going to be potting many goals. His positioning and defensive recognition however, are what got him paid.

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He played 70 games final season, was even in a +/- dialect (on a common defensive team), and averaged some-more ice time than everybody solely Kris Letang.

He’s like Mark Eaton, if Mark Eaton was improved during hockey. Or maybe like Paul Martin, if Paul Martin dejected beers.

The Verdict

On a critical note, Dumoulin valid he was a vital partial of a team’s success, generally during a latest playoff run.

In a 2017 playoffs, he ranked initial among Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen in normal TOI with 21:59, and plus/minus with a +9. He was second in hits  and blocked shots, with 43 and 48 respectively.

Going forward, his regressive defensive character and his left handed shot safeguard he’ll possibly container in with Kris Letang or Justin Schultz and continue to play tip finish minutes.

Off a ice, fans adore him.

Teammates do too.

Here’s to 6 some-more years Dumo.

 

 

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