Martin Hanzal is an underrated player, not only because he doesn't put up stellar offensive numbers but because he wears a Phoenix Coyotes sweater, which is like a cloak of invisibility for many media and fans.
But the Coyotes know his value, and now they've quantified it: 5 years and $15.5 million in a freshly signed contract extension, according to John Shannon of Sportsnet. That's a $3.1 million cap hit for a 24-year-old player who was due for restricted free agency next summer; this contract covers that and eats up a couple of unrestricted free-agency years.
From the Coyotes:
"We are very pleased to sign Martin to a five-year contract extension," said Maloney. "Martin is a big, strong, skilled center and a core member of our team. He contributes at both ends of the ice and we are confident he will continue to improve to become one of the NHL's best two-way centers."
Last season, the 6-foot-6, 236 pound Hanzal appeared in 61 regular season game...