Marleau was a clearly declining player by all metrics who was really just an okish 2nd liner at best if we use production, and a 3rd liner if we delve into nerd shit. Jake Muzzin is a legitimate top pair defensman. These are very different scenarios.Yeah, I'm still feeling a little burnt by the Marleau deal. As we all should tbh.
I'm over giving anyone term on the back 9 if it risks future cap structure and assets. If JT loses a step at the same time Muzzin loses a step, that could be an ugly 16 million dollars on the ledger at a time we're trying to sign Sandin, Robertson, Lilly, re sign Mo, etc.
I'm with you as a whole. But there are exceptions to these rules too.