But the salary won't go up. That's the thing. It's about AAV (Annual Average Value). Once the contract is signed, the AAV doesn't change. There are several aspects when looking at what a player is worth: 1. Role 2. RFA years left 3. Salary cap 4. Possible clauses Brady Skjei is a 2nd pair D-man, with 3 RFA years left with the salary cap at 75m. Here are some examples of 2nd pair D-men (at the time of signing their contract base on ATOI) with 3-4 RFA years left and signing a contract of minimum 5 years (So, no bridge deals). Some scenarios: Some might not agree with my approach of looking at cap-hit percentage, but I feel it's the best way to judge what is a fair offer. It seems that an AAV around 5 million for a 6-year deal is fair. I put a lot of time and effort into making this look pretty with colors, and I know it's not 100% accurate looking at ATOI in the season preceding the signing of the contract, but don't blow me off!