Tallinder's new deal
I think these figures have been reported in the Buffalo media for Henrik Tallinder's new deal, but just to get them out there even further, here is a year-by-year breakdown of his four-year, $10.25-million contract.
First year: 1.6-million
Second year: 2.5-million
Third year: 2.9-million
Fourth year: 3.2-million
Along with the deal Jason Pominville signed today ($800,000, $925,000, $1.375-million), you can really see what the Sabres are doing here and one wonders if the back-loaded contracts are a way for them to get production out of their players now and think about dealing them later. (Normally contracts are structured like this, but Tallinder's is an extreme example — rarely do you see players double their salary over the term of the deal.)
Just a thought.
I think this guy is on to something; now he just needs the terms of Tallinder's deal in there for the Sabres.