5mill yr 1 - 6 mill yr 2 5.5 AAV
Long term deal
21-22 (SB 3M)5 M
22- 23 6 M
23-24 8 M
25-26 9M MNTC KICKS IN
26-27(CBA year) (SB 5M) 9M
If the sens want to be able to sign Tkachuk to a long term they will have to break their no bonus rule and pay him two bonuses. One this year because escrow is likely to be bad and one on the year the CBA gets renegotiated in case there’s a lock out.
That said the sens only get a MNTC on the year where he would start his UFA years as if Tkachuk becomes disenchanted with the sens before then, they have a greater list of destination they can send him to. Last for years is MNTC, Tkachuk submits a list of 8 teams he’ll be moved to.
I don’t think the sens do a bridge deal that is longer than 2 years and neither does Tkachuk. Getting near one year away from his UFA years proves too risky. Look at mark stone. If Tkachuk wants a bridge it will be significantly smaller than at what may be rumoured at around 7 mill.
And obviously the sens make Tkachuk the captain and they explain to the media that the sens captain is the only player that may negotiate a bonus into his deal. This nulls further players attempting to get one.