The Detroit Red Wings aren’t shy about locking players up to long-term deals, especially if the cap hit seems manageable.
To save you some math, that means he’d get a minimum of $28 million, probably more.
On one hand, that could turn out to be a steal for a guy who’s become something of a Robin to Henrik Zetterberg‘s Batman. That’s not a bad rate for a guy who’s easily serving as a top-six forward.
On the other side, Abelkader’s physical style could really start to take its toll, so a lengthy extension would carry arguably even more risks than usual.
As always, this report doesn’t say a deal is done. Should Red Wings fans be happy if it happens?