At present, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are the National Hockey League’s salary cap-hit kings at $10.5 million a season in Chicago.
But what will Connor McDavid, who’s in a three-headed dogfight with Sidney Crosby and Brent Burns for the Hart Trophy as league most valuable player this year, get in his new deal, which would kick in in 2018?
Here’s an ideal number: eight years, $97 million.
Now, the rules say a team can pay a player up to 20 per cent of their salary cap, which means McDavid could get $14 million at the current $70-million cap ceiling. But he wants to win — not so much at the bargaining table but on the ice, Boyd Gordon Jersey and if he takes less, that means there more for the rest of the Edmonton Oilers. Nobody’s saying he’d take a hometown discount, but …]
The eight-year term is a given. That’s the max anyone can get.
The $97 million would fit with his jersey number.
Like Crosby’s cap hit of $8.7 million a year in Pittsburgh.
Eight into 97, is $12.2-million in a cap hit per year for McDavid.
Obviously, Toews and Kane have done more than McDavid. Zack Kassian Jersey The pair has won three Stanley Cups in Chicago. But McDavid could win the Hart this year; it’s really between Crosby and No. 97, with Burns refusing to go away in San Jose.
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The Oilers also have to resign Leon Draisaitl after this season. What do they give him?
Do they see if he’ll take a bridge deal for a couple of years like The Bread Man, Artemi Panarin, in Chicago, where he signed for $6 million per season because of their major salary-cap squeeze?
The Oilers bequeathed $6 million a year for seven years on Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and $6 million for six seasons on Jordan Eberle right out of their entry-level contracts, Esa Tikkanen Jersey which in hindsight was a mistake with RNH, judging by his production the last two years (60 points in 112 games). Eberle is probably more in the $5-million range judging from his stats. Hall is worth the salary.
Milan Lucic also makes $6 million per season, but he is staying put. It’s safe to say either Eberle or Nugent-Hopkins will be traded this summer to free up money for McDavid and Draisaitl, or to get a player (a defenceman?) at a different position.
The Oilers are well-placed on the back-end with Andrej Sekera at $5.5 mil, Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom at $4.16 mil, Bill Ranford Jersey but they are top heavy in salaries up front. Even if Draisaitl were to take $5 mil a year in a two-year bridge deal, that’s still squeezing the salary-cap pot.
But McDavid will get what he wants.
Cap hits and salaries aren’t the same of course.