Skating and to a lesser extent physicality.I mean if Muzzin turns into a horse shit piece of garbage 3rd pairing d by year 2 then yeah it's a bad idea. I just.. Don't really see that happening. If the progression of his contract is like the following (which I believe is more realistic and arguably a pretty pessimistic viewpoint), then I'm good with it:
Year 1: still an average top pair d (great value)
Year 2: solid 2nd paid pair d (good value)
Year 3: borderline 2nd paid d (meh value)
Year 4: bottom pair d (bad value)
And I can entirely live with this kind of progression especially if he's tradeable in year 3 or 4 without a NMC and a frontloaded contract.
Again, he's 30, turning 31. Not 39. Not sure what makes him more likely to fall off a cliff than Pietro.
But knees propped up by knee braces aren’t exactly a good investment. How long has he been playing with them?muzz's career low is 74 games played. he'll play over 70 games again this year. he's playing great this year, and has been our steadiest dman all year and boosted whoever has played with him.
Rielly, and maybe a few teams, yeah. "Many" is a over stating it.He's legitimately their best defensman and would be the best d on many teams throughout the league.