The Flyers announced on Thursday that Radko Gudas was re-signed to a four-year deal worth $13.4 million overall.
The Flyers Defenseman scored five goals and 14 points this season over 76 games.
Radko Gudas extension with #flyers:
16-17: $2.5M salary, $1.5M signing bonus
17-18: $3.5M salary
18-19: $3.4M salary
19-20: $2.5M salary
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 24, 2016
There are some complaints about the contract; it’s too long, it’s too much money, take your pick. The truth is that it’s not really a bad deal. Fans see Gudas as a defenseman with bad hands who throws around dirty hits. At one point Gudas did have some discipline issues, but other than that he was one of the stronger Flyers defensemen.
Gudas is a solid top 4 defenseman, especially when his defensive partner compliments his style like Michael Del Zotto did early this season. His shot suppression is a bit lacking, but under Hakstol’s system, his play in the neutral zone has improved. Broad Street Hockey did an in-depth look at what makes Gudas so effective which should put your mind at ease.
And if you’re still worried about Gudas, remember that expansion draft that’s coming up? Well, a nice top 4 defenseman guaranteed for two more years at around $3 million a season is a pretty good deal for a new team that needs to fill up some cap space. Gudas’ contract is a bit front loaded with the bigger cap hit in the first two years. If Hextall needed to clear a spot for a rookie defenseman, Gudas’ contract could be an easy one to move. By the end of this new contract, Gudas will till only be 30 years old.
This move leaves the Flyers with $11.9 million in cap space. Brayden Schenn still needs an extension as well.
It could be worse…
Radko Gudas vs Brent Seabrook
Ones paid $12-14M for the next four years & ones paid $55M for the next eight years. pic.twitter.com/0Hh6hcwGu5
— Blackhawks Breakdown (@HawksBreakdown) June 24, 2016
Skip the 1975 and tries to make me do the math.
Radko Gudas, 4 years $13.5M. That’s why they haven’t won a Cup in 41 years.
— Kevin M. Zitzman (@ZitzmanK) June 24, 2016
I think they’re thinking: “Hey at least he’s not Luca Sbisa!” (Who is getting paid $3.6-4 million for 3 more years)
— Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) June 24, 2016
I’m at least 60% sure this didn’t happen.
Reporter: Will you try to copy the Penguins model?
Hextall: Hell no! Why would I do that??
*Throws piles of cash at Radko Gudas*
— Ryan C (@HayekandHockey) June 24, 2016
Gudas $13.4m over 4 yrs. Flyers overpaid.
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 24, 2016