Yesterday afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had resigned centre Tuomo Ruutu to a four-year contract extension worth worth $19 million dollars. But how does this affect Mikhail Grabovski?
Ruutu, who like Grabovski was unrestricted free agent this summer and facing a similar resign or likely be traded scenario. By signing on the dotted line, Ruutu significantly raised Grabovski's value, both in contract negotiations and on the trade market.
If Grabovski does indeed wish to resign with Toronto, his agent just got a lot more negotiating power. Ruutu, who has scored 30 and 57 points, respectively, over the past two seasons has been outscored by Grabovski by 11 points in that span, despite playing 4 less games. This tells us that, at least in terms of scoring, they are currently a similar player. But do they deserve to paid like one another?
The simple answer is yes.
If Ruutu can sign a contract averaging $4.75 million a year, then there is no reason to believe he won't get the same and it is likely if he decides to leave Toronto and venture into the open market he could get way more. Just ask James Wisniewski or Wade Redden, it worked alright for them.