This sounds like a roundabout way of saying that Chabot should take a discount from what is potentially available to him on the RFA market, simply because of the Senators' financial situation. If the Senators can't match an offer sheet that another team is willing and able to pay him, it's still just an Ottawa Senators problem and Chabot is merely leveraging his options, similar to how the team has done for their own good in past years in order to keep RFA's term short and salary low. Chabot should get paid in Ottawa what he would get anywhere else based on what's being offered (UFA, RFA offer sheet, shouldn't make a difference) and that includes bonuses and trade protection. If he takes anything less, he's doing the organization a favor, and favors are now the rare exception in pro sports over the old days of home town discounts. My unsolicited opinion is that this one is really going to be simple, because the leverage is there for Chabot to not even have to consider any kind of bridging or discount. The organization either bucks up and he's offered what he could likely get on an offer sheet in all aspects and likely signs, or he's dealt in advance of the offer sheet date knowing the reality. There is no other plausible scenario like expecting a discount or bridge deal imo.