On Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had re-signed Brock McGinn to a two-year contract at $2.1 million per year ($1.9 million 2019-20 and $2.3 million in 2020-21). The deal came before the arbitration hearing which was scheduled for Saturday.
Below are a few levels of thoughts on Brock McGinn’s signing.
Brock McGinn’s contract
I had McGinn at $1.75 million per year and would have been fine with one year or two at that price. In a salary cap world, every dollar counts, but $350,000 will not be what determines if the team is successful going forward. And as far as comparables go, the salary is a reasonable middle ground between a bargain and a higher end that could possibly be justified by McGinn’s 16 goals and 30 points in 2017-18.
So if one considers McGinn to be a pure fourth-liner, $2.1 million would be a modest premium. If instead one considers McGinn to be a top 9 forward, that same price is a discount. So if one puts him somewhere in the middle, the price is probably a fair one for his role somewhat similar to Jordan Martinook’s $2 million salary.
Brock McGinn’s role/slot
As alluded to above, I view McGinn as a tweener line-wise. Ideally on a good team, I think he gets pushed down to a fourth line role. At the same time, I think McGinn can make a legitimate case for being a physical component in the top 9. When you add in his role on the penalty kill and the fact that he is Nathan Gerbe-like in terms of consistent every shift intensity, he brings more to the lineup than the stats table would indicate. For the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes lineup, he could fit on Staal’s match up line or on a fourth line that should score some with the potential to step higher in the lineup to provide a spark and/or fill in if/when injuries occur.
My two cents
I like the deal. The salary might be a tiny bit high if McGinn does find himself in a fourth line slot, but he has played in a top 9 role and earned that salary. In addition, McGinn is a heart and soul type player who leaves it all on the ice every night and competes every shift. Especially with the aim of instilling this mentality across the entire lineup, McGinn is a leader in that regard.