It what should be the first of many (c’mon Doughty) contract extensions we read about this season, Jonathan Bernier has been officially signed to an extension. He will pull in $975,000 next season and a still modest $1,525,000 the following season. As you math majors may have realized, that puts his cap hit at $1.25 million annually.
My take? I think it’s a good call. Even if Bernier isn’t eventually the answer (I think he is), it’s not long-term, and it’s not excessively pricey. More importantly, it locks him up for a couple years and takes that issue out of his mind so he can focus on his play this season. There’s no reason to add additional stress on the kid trying to prove himself in the NHL. Now he’s got a contract coming to him, and he’s got a bit of time to get his game in order.
As a point of reference, Quick will be making an average of $1.8 million over the same two seasons. That means that assuming the both of them remain around, we’ll be looking at a relatively modest $3 million committed to our goaltending in the future. Good play by Lombardi, now go sign Doughty.
What do you think about the contract? Too much? Too little? Not long enough?