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If BRAN­DON MONTOUR needs a com­pa­ra­ble for what he’s worth as a top-four ‘D’ on the Ducks blue­line, he can glance just a few stalls down in the dressing room. Prior to the start of the sea­son, John Man­son signed a four-year ex­ten­sion with an AAV of

$4.1 mil­lion. Man­son had

74 more NHL games un­der his belt than Montour does now, but the two of them posted re­mark­ably sim­i­lar num­bers this sea­son – Man­son with five more points, Montour with two more goals and seven more sec­onds of av­er­age ice time. The two play dif­fer­ent styles, but both are vi­tal cogs. It would be a shock if Montour’s RFA deal wasn’t in the Man­son ball­park.

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