MAKING THE CALL ON THE RFA’S

ALL conversations involving cap for the Oilers have to start with two major contracts on the horizon. The Connor McDavid deal could be eight year and $97 million—or more. The Leon Draisaitl contract will also hit and impact the 2016-17 season. Whenever we discuss the future, those two deals will have to be factored in. Since we have some time before the next Oilers game, let’s talk about the McDavid deal and the RFAs.

THE MCDAVID DEAL

  • The franchise is the one man in hockey today whose age, potential and current established level of ability make him more valuable than rhodium. When the Oilers won the lottery, they also won the right to sign him to at least two contracts. His entry-level deal runs through the end of the 2017-18 season, and his next one has been discussed at length. If the Oilers go long (8 years) I think we could see $97 million as a bargain—and the number could be higher. If the contract length is less than eight seasons, it will be interesting to see the reasoning behind such a move. The current CBA expires in 2022, but there is an opt out for both sides that could conclude the agreement as early as 2020. Source.  I doubt Connor McDavid would sign a two-year deal, but the option exists. A four-year deal takes him to the end of the CBA, and we should be prepared for that kind of language as we approach summer and the nature of the negotiations become known. Bottom line: I honestly don’t think $9.7 million times eight is a reasonable number to expect in these negotiations. All other contracts must wait in line for the McDavid deal to be finalized. Note: This may impact Edmonton’s negotiations with players like Kris Russell. Peter Chiarelli cannot afford to be spending money past this coming year until he knows the cost certainty on 97.

LEON AND THE RFA’S

  • Leon Draisaitl. With bonuses, Leon can make around $3.4 million this season, and there are some comparables that are in the 6’s if Edmonton wants a long ranger deal. During December, Cam Lewis wrote about the potential deal and there is a very wide range of possibilities. Leon isn’t a pure comp for men like Nathan MacKinnon and Sean Monahan, because he will have five years to go after this one before free agency. I think Edmonton may try to get him under contract on a bridge, say three years, and hopefully get his name on a contract with a number that begins with a five. Suspect he gets $6M times several seasons.
  • Zack Kassian. His value contract comes to an end this summer and Kassian should get a nice increase. I would hope we see something around $2 million a year on a two-year deal, your mileage may vary. One thing the Oilers have to do from now on: Get brutal on the contracts awarded to role players.
  • Jujhar Khaira. He is not arbitration eligible but is RFA and will get a slight raise. I like him plenty, this is a no-brainer in my opinion. Expansion draft a real concern.
  • Iiro Pakarinen. Arbitration eligible after making $725,000 this season. The injury hampers his negotiating position, and his role is going to cost $1 million or less. If the Oilers have plans for Tyler Pitlick (who will be UFA if allowed to go to July 1 without a new deal), then Pakarinen may not return.
  • Griffin Reinhart. This is going to be an unusual one. Peter Chiarelli paid a hefty price for Reinhart in the 2015, step one in a very aggressive effort to improve the blue line. GR wasn’t ready in fall 2015 and was sent out early in fall of 2016 from training camp, complete with a frank conversation about expectations. I ranked Reinhart No. 13 in the Winter Top 20 based on what (at that time) was a shocking lack of progress. However, he has played quite well since recovering from a back issue mid-season and there may be a window of opportunity. Reinhart is a Chiarelli-type defenseman, my guess is the Oilers sign him and try to find a way to get him through expansion.
  • Anton Lander. Made $987,500 this season (or equivalent based on NHL days) and is arbitration eligible. I think he has NHL talent and should be able to help a team. I do not believe Lander is valued enough by the organization, and it probably isn’t in his best interests to return for another year. Even with a one-way deal offered, seems to me the Swedish center needs a second opinion. Note: All of this could change by the end of the playoffs, as important things occur in big moments.
  • Joey Laleggia. His move to wing and offensive surge since doing so probably means another contract for the undersized player. Laleggia is a talented player with the puck on his stick and a one-year extension on a two-way deal seems reasonable to me. Has arb. rights.
  • Dillon Simpson. There must be a train of thought in the Chiarelli War Room that culling the Leftorium is job one. Yet, if you have a good hockey player why dump him for that reason alone? He is probably the fourth callup on the list currently but he appears to be a capable defenseman.
  • David Musil. I have been thinking about this for a little while. If I am David Musil’s agent, I would ask for outright release right after the AHL season ended. I would then approach Vegas in search of an opportunity. Backup plan is Europe. Look, it’s nobody’s fault, but Musil is a left-handed defenseman with a defensive resume and the Oilers have them in droves. He might be able to help Vegas, certainly an intelligent player without the puck.
  • Zach Pochiro. He came over in the Nail Yakupov deal (50-man needed a match) and has played pretty well considering he was basically a spot carrier. I don’t think there is a long-term plan.
  • Henrik Samuelsson. Acquired last month, he hasn’t played much (5, 0-0-0) in Bakersfield and may end up having a short career as an Oilers prospect. They must have liked something about him though, so don’t discount the idea of a new contract.
  • Jere Sallinen. It does not appear likely he will return. Sallinen had a fine two-way reputation, but when you can’t deliver offense in the AHL at age 26, that is a tell.
  • Eetu Laurikainen. He appears to be gone already, haven’t seen a thing about him for months.
  • Bogdan Yakimov. I can’t imagine the organization would trust him to stay in California for six days, let alone six months. Suspect he is a Hartikainen walking.

GONE (6)

My guess? Anton Lander, David Musil, Zach Pochiro, Jere Sallinen, Eetu Laurikainen, Bogdan Yakimov.

LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

In March of 2016, I had a lash at the future and here is what it looked look in regard to RFA’s at that time:

  • R Zack Kassian: A lock to be signed at this point. (signed)
  • R Iiro Pakarinen: McLellan seems to like him, that can be the difference for the fringe players. (signed)
  • L Luke Gazdic: I think he will be in a new town come the fall. (gone)
  • D Adam Clendening: Classic tweener, he won’t be back. (gone)
  • D Jordan Oesterle: His audition went well, he should return. (signed)
  • D David Musil: No recall may be telling. (signed)
  • R Tyler Pitlick: Looks good when healthy, but can they count on him? (signed)
  • G Niklas Lundstrom: Will not return. (gone)
  • L Kale Kessy: Too close to call, he is not close to pushing for NHL employment. (gone)
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61 Responses to "MAKING THE CALL ON THE RFA’S"

  1. N64 says:

    “Reinhart is a Chiarelli-type defenseman, my guess is the Oilers sign him and try to find a way to get him through waivers.”

    Did you mean find a way to get Reinhart past the expansion draft? or past waivers in the fall? If they do something to get him past expansion draft you’d think they’d be carrying him in the fall. They carried 8D to avoid putting Davey through the wire.

  2. fifthcartel says:

    Bakersfield Condors‏Verified account @Condors 13m13 minutes ago
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    Mark Olver has been loaned to #Condorstown from Tucson; David Musil has been reassigned by Edmonton to Tucson >> http://bit.ly/2mYZGCu

    I’m guessing this signals they don’t really see a future for Musil with the organization.

  3. Lowetide says:

    N64:
    “Reinhart is a Chiarelli-type defenseman, my guess is the Oilers sign him and try to find a way to get him through waivers.”

    Did you mean find a way to get Reinhart past the expansion draft? or past waivers in the fall? If they do something to get him past expansion draft you’d think they’d be carrying him in the fall. They carried 8D to avoid putting Davey through the wire.

    Yes. Ifthey get him through expansion, he will be 7D, pretty sure.

  4. Lowetide says:

    fifthcartel:
    Bakersfield Condors‏Verified account @Condors13m13 minutes ago
    MoreMark Olver has been loaned to #Condorstown from Tucson; David Musil has been reassigned by Edmonton to Tucson >> http://bit.ly/2mYZGCu

    I’m guessing this signals they don’t really see a future for Musil with the organization.

    Ha! And there you go.

  5. N64 says:

    fifthcartel:
    Bakersfield Condors‏Verified account @Condors13m13 minutes ago
    MoreMark Olver has been loaned to #Condorstown from Tucson; David Musil has been reassigned by Edmonton to Tucson >> http://bit.ly/2mYZGCu

    I’m guessing this signals they don’t really see a future for Musil with the organization.

    Wow. That was quick. You recommended he find a spot in the desert. Lo he is auditioning for the Coyotes.

    While you are hot try: I think I should buy a lottery ticket to win a few million.

  6. russ99 says:

    What is the timeline around the RFA qualifying offer deadline, the draft and Vegas expansion draft and their exclusive UFA window?

    I wonder how many of the non-Leon RFAs (and UFAs) we can wait on until after the expansion draft?

    Given Reinhart’s flaws, I think there’s a good chance one of our other expansion exposed players are taken, and still an outside shot at Broissoit being taken.

  7. Jethro Tull says:

    Ottawa GMing like a boss and winning the Gormley sweepstakes.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Ottawa GMing like a boss and winning the Gormley sweepstakes.

    Haha. I was surprised he was a NJD.

  9. The Duke of Hafford says:

    Oilers will not win a cup if mcdavid gets $12 million per year. It just doesn’t leave enough to ice a balanced team.

  10. Melman says:

    fifthcartel:
    Bakersfield Condors‏Verified account @Condors13m13 minutes ago
    MoreMark Olver has been loaned to #Condorstown from Tucson; David Musil has been reassigned by Edmonton to Tucson >> http://bit.ly/2mYZGCu

    I’m guessing this signals they don’t really see a future for Musil with the organization.

    WOW Nice work LT, very Carnac of you! This week’s lottery numbers please…

  11. Bruce Wayne says:

    There is no reason at all for Draisatl to get a better contract than Kucherov.

    Kucherov got 3 years for less than 5 million per and is still an RFA at the end of the deal, all with a better track record than Draisatl.

    It makes no sense for the dollar amount to go up as the years go up. The longer the term the more security the player gets, in exchange the team should save a little per year for taking on all the risk.

    Players of Draisatl’s quality get 6 million on the UFA market, No reason at all to give him 6 million as an RFA plus take on the risk of regression in ability and injury.

  12. Lowetide says:

    The Duke of Hafford:
    Oilers will not win a cup if mcdavid gets $12 million per year.It just doesn’t leave enough to ice a balanced team.

    PC gets McDavid, and then works the roster around it. That’s the job.

  13. Melman says:

    Khaira’s beard should have it’s own contract. It’s real and it’s spectacular!

  14. digger50 says:

    With relatively few prospects to speak of, I will be upset if we lose Davidson and Khiara due to expansion and threat of expansion. David D performing could soften the hit, but it just may be we see him for 25 games and that’s it.

    I hope there is a plan to guide Vegas away from needed prospects.

  15. Walter Sobchak says:

    The Duke of Hafford:
    Oilers will not win a cup if mcdavid gets $12 million per year.It just doesn’t leave enough to ice a balanced team.

    McDavid can go a little over 14 million or so on his next contract.

    Or a team can offer sheet him for 14 over 7 which the Oilers would match.

    Bottom line, Do you honestly believe a NHL player with McDavid’s ability is going to settle for 10 million and leave almost 5 million on the table???

    Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. I think it’s 12.5 or over. IMHO

  16. spoiler says:

    Lowetide,

    I’ve been bringing some Google-fu on Eetu, and so far all the internet has told me is that he has joined the Witness Protection Program, living now as John Smith in Honolulu, hi.

    He’s not showing on the Norfolk roster, but only one goalie is–Anderson–who they got out of the SPHL a couple of months ago. Anderson had horrible stats where he was, but since coming to the E has been a CCM Goalie of the Week, and is getting lot of starts.

    There are no press releases about Laurikainen leaving the team, traded, loaned, etc.

    Eetu’s SV and GAA stats are the worst on the Ads, has the 3rd most starts… Coach was changed in December, with Ftorek taking over the reins… maybe that has something to do with the disappearance?

    Nice to see Betker with a couple of goals since being sent down in late Feb.

  17. LMHF#1 says:

    Contracts like McDavid’s are where the NHL’s restrictive system sure is a pain.

    The old school way to do this would be a slightly lesser contract, for a longer term, combined with an ownership stake in the team when he’s done. It’s a rotten shame they can’t operate this way now. Keeps the league from having some truly great teams because of the cap.

  18. leadfarmer says:

    I guess I’m in the minority thinking that McDavid signs for 10-11 mil

  19. Younger Oil says:

    Is Khaira eligible for the expansion draft?

    I’ve heard many people support either side. Some say he is because he has been pro for more than 3 seasons, but I’ve heard others say he isn’t because he hasn’t played enough NHL games.

  20. JDï™ says:

    Younger Oil: Khaira eligible

    He doesn’t fit the criteria for each team, in that they must expose players with a minimum of experience, but he can still be selected by the Nites.

    Unless of course the same person from their A/V presentation is involved with the expansion draft.

    From the Edmonton Oilers, Las Vegas selects Placeholder…

  21. godot10 says:

    LMHF#1:
    Contracts like McDavid’s are where the NHL’s restrictive system sure is a pain.

    The old school way to do this would be a slightly lesser contract, for a longer term, combined with an ownership stake in the team when he’s done. It’s a rotten shame they can’t operate this way now. Keeps the league from having some truly great teams because of the cap.

    You are wrong about “old school”

    Old school in the NHL…any player who complained about his contract or refused to sign was blacklisted and “exiled”.

    Google Ted Lindsay or Carl Brewer.

    Or google about the 2nd half of Alan Eagleson’s NHLPA career when he became an NHL stooge.

  22. LMHF#1 says:

    godot10: You are wrong about “old school”

    Old school in the NHL…any player who complained about his contract or refused to sign was blacklisted and “exiled”.

    Google Ted Lindsay or Carl Brewer.

    Or google about the 2nd half of Alan Eagleson’s NHLPA career when he became an NHL stooge.

    I’m not that old.

    Old-school for me is the 80s.

  23. N64 says:

    Walter Sobchak: McDavid can go a little over 14 million or so on his next contract.

    Or a team can offer sheet him for 14 over 7 which the Oilers would match.

    Bottom line, Do you honestly believe a NHL player with McDavid’s ability is going to settlefor 10 million and leave almost 5 million on the table???

    Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.I think it’s 12.5 or over. IMHO

    Or for some obscure reason 8 x 12.125.

  24. godot10 says:

    McDavid probably signs for 5 years, with big signing bonuses in the last year, and the year of the option to reopen the CBA as lockout insurance.

    The shorter term means the AAV can be kept down because the contract doesn’t have to account for possible salary rollbacks in a new CBA.

    It means he would be a UFA at 26 at the end of the deal, but that would be a better time to sign a third contract than at 29.

  25. spoiler says:

    Not sure if this was known:

    http://www.norfolkadmirals.com/press-releases/admirals-trade-noreau-and-ranger-to-tulsa/

    Summerhays, 26, comes in at a time where the Admirals find themselves in desperate need of goaltending. Connor Knapp started four games in five days during the team’s road trip to Adirondack and Manchester after Eetu Laurikainen suffered an injury that will cause him to be out a month.

    He hasn’t been written about since. In fact a month and two days later, Norfolk was forced to sign an emergency goalie for a game after Summerhays got a PTO with AHL Cleveland.

    Knapp has since been let go and he subsequently retired. Norfolk’s present starter is 21yo Desrosier of the Stars org.

  26. spoiler says:

    N64,

    lol

  27. Lowetide says:

    SpOILer: Good find. Hope he is okay, weird that no one has updated (although maybe they have in some obscure Norfolk weekly).

  28. kinger_OIL says:

    digger50,

    – Great post LT!

    – All this talk about steering the GM towards other players how’s it going to work?

    For arguments sake, let’s say that LV wants Jar Jar, and the Oil are hoping they pick Pou.

    – Chia: “Hi McPhee, who do you like?”

    Is LV actually going to tell GM’s who he wants? If he says: “Jar Jar”: wha’ts Chia going to do?

    – Chia: “OK please don’t pick him: please take Pou and we will toss in a 5th”

    – What if instead McPhee said: “I want Pou”. Chia he be like: “awesome”

    – Then McPhee knows he’s not one they care about. So does he follow-through?

    – I really think this expansion will not be as exciting as some anticipate. Just as I didn’t think the trade deadline was going to be as exciting as some anticipated.

    – It’s 32 liars with no discovery and at the end of the day, the difference between Pou + 5th vs Jar Jar as an example is nuthin’

    – Everyone is going to lose someone, its a zero sum game, and LV is going to be not good anyways, so why would GM’s help them out more by giving them a boat load of drafts to pick one marginal guy over another?

  29. Doug McLachlan says:

    McDavid has one comparable in the cap era – Crosby.

    McDavid wants to win but also doesn’t want to be underpaid.

    Tough call but anything less than an AAV of $10m should be considered a huge win.

    Wonder if Chia already knows the number?

  30. JDï™ says:

    kinger_OIL: “Hi McPhee, who do you like?”

    He’s got to say it more like:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9tenSy-vzo

  31. kinger_OIL says:

    JDï™,

    awesome!

  32. N64 says:

    kinger_OIL: how’s it going to work

    Trade calls. No handshakes permitted. Deals to pick or not pick specific players are to be registered and enforceable. 😉

    If a GM wants to protect a player he expects Vegas to take he’s gonna check prices to change that up.

  33. Gordies Elbow says:

    Doug McLachlan,

    I think that Chia’s already had chats with Jackson and Orr.

    McDavid’s a rare player, one who’s endorsement deals outside of hockey are a primary financial driver.

    I’d say that Katz pushes a piece of paper across his desk, passes the Mont Blanc, and asks Jackson/Orr/McDavid for the number for 8 years. Chia’s job then is to make the pieces around him fit.

  34. spoiler says:

    Lowetide,

    Only other reference:

    Goaltender Eetu Laurikainen suffered a lower-body injury during morning skate, limiting the Admirals to one goalie to play four games in five days.

    This report was from Dec 13 and referred to the games “a week earlier”

    walt (AT) norfolkadmirals.com appears to be the go-to guy for Ads info if you want to get the “lowdown”.

  35. stush18 says:

    I really hope mcdavid signs for 9.7 per year for 8 years.

    It eats up his rfa years, and he becomes UFA at a younger age. Take a bargain on this contract, not the next one, like Kane and toews

    As for Leon, I agree with Bruce. He should sit around five per year, and remain and rfa

  36. Bruce McCurdy says:

    $9 MM a year times 7 years.

  37. Gordies Elbow says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Why 7 years, not 8?

  38. Soup Fascist says:

    stush18:
    I really hope mcdavid signs for 9.7 per year for 8 years.

    It eats up his rfa years, and he becomes UFA at a younger age. Take a bargain on this contract, not the next one, like Kane and toews

    As for Leon, I agree with Bruce. He should sit around five per year, and remain and rfa

    Why would McDavid’s agent let him sign a bargain deal for less AAV than 6 or 7 other players in the league, giving up UFA years in the process?

  39. anonymous says:

    Soup Fascist: Why would McDavid’s agent let him sign a bargain deal for less AAV than 6 or 7 other players in the league, giving up UFAyears in the process?

    Because his agent works for him. You don’t think Crosby could have got more?

  40. Walter Sobchak says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    $9 MM a year times 7 years.

    Thats the offer sheet from the Leafs…

  41. Walter Sobchak says:

    anonymous: Because his agent works for him. You don’t think Crosby could have got more?

    Crosby did get more….

    Crosby signed before the 8 year maximum allowing Crosby contract ( A Massive US$104.4-million)

    https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosbys-new-contract-includes-36-million-over-first-three-years/c-636829

    His actual salary is more like 11 million

  42. Walter Sobchak says:

    I can’t see McDavid signing for less than Kane and Toews contracts.

    Here are the highest contracts in the NHL and where you can find comparable players and salaries.

    McDavid is 20, when he hits 25 he’ll be in a league of his own, his agents will get what’s coming solely based on futures.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nhl-highest-paid-players-2015-10/#1-shea-weber–14-million-1

  43. JDï™ says:

    Love that picture. The two Jackets’ players are like the bungling thugs in any 70s PI show – I thought YOU had him!

  44. dangilitis says:

    Walter Sobchak: Crosby did get more….

    Crosby signed before the 8 year maximum allowing Crosby contract ( A Massive US$104.4-million)

    https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosbys-new-contract-includes-36-million-over-first-three-years/c-636829

    His actual salary is more like 11 million

    104.4 million/12 years is 8.7 mil AAV, unless I am missing something.

    McDavid could command any number he wants. He may not be as cheesy as Crosby and ask for 9.7 mi AAV, but hey, he also picked his jersey number after his year of birth…

    Seriously, on the one hand, I think McDavid deserves to be paid top dollar, and his agents will try to convince him to get it, and Chiarelli would be wise to give it if demanded. However, Chiarelli’s play, and it’s a legitimate one, is to appeal to Connor’s desire to win. While Lebron can ask for a playmaker to magically appear to him, NHL teams can’t circumvent the cap – so if McDavid is asking for the sun and the moon, he can’t expect the GM to simultaneously meet that demand and buy a championship level supporting cast with what’s leftover.

    All this being said, I can’t see how the team can afford the upgrades for Leon and Connor while paying for the current 2nd line. Has anyone seen whether you can pay >18 mil to Ebs, Lucic, RNH, then another 18-20 more for McDavid and Drai?

  45. Walter Sobchak says:

    dangilitis: 104.4 million/12 years is 8.7 mil AAV, unless I am missing something.

    McDavid could command any number he wants. He may not be as cheesy as Crosby and ask for 9.7 mi AAV, but hey, he also picked his jersey number after his year of birth…

    Seriously, on the one hand, I think McDavid deserves to be paid top dollar, and his agents will try to convince him to get it, and Chiarelli would be wise to give it if demanded. However, Chiarelli’s play, and it’s a legitimate one, is to appeal to Connor’s desire to win. While Lebron can ask for a playmaker to magically appear to him, NHL teams can’t circumvent the cap – so if McDavid is asking for the sun and the moon, he can’t expect the GM to simultaneously meet that demand and buy a championship level supporting cast with what’s leftover.

    All this being said, I can’t see how the team can afford the upgrades for Leon and Connor while payingfor the current 2nd line. Has anyone seen whether you can pay >18 mil to Ebs, Lucic, RNH, then another 18-20 more for McDavid and Drai?

    Yes, his CAP hit is 8.7 but as I read the article his actual dollars are around 11, however due to the length and last three years it drops his AAV down to 8.7.

    So while his CAP hit looks good, Crosby still got his money

    The length wont happen with McDavid unless the Oilers bridge McDavid for a couple years then go into long term contract.

    My concern isn’t McDavid though, it’s Leon. I’m hoping a bridge deal then long contract years but at what number?

    What if Leon asks for Hossa dollars? That Lucic contract might become a real issue down the road.

  46. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Gordies Elbow:
    Bruce McCurdy,

    Why 7 years, not 8?

    $9 x 7. Think about it

  47. TaylorConnorHartt says:

    Walter Sobchak,

    That was also Crosbys 3rd contract not his 2nd. His 2nd contract is the comparable. No???
    Crosbys 2nd contract 4yrs rfa at 9 mil. 1 yr of ufa @ 7.5 mil aav of 8.7 same as his 3rd contract.
    Sure his new contract pays him 11 mil a year for nine years. But his last 3 yrs after he turns 35 yrs old it’s 3 mil per year

  48. JDï™ says:

    Bruce McCurdy: $9 x 7. Think about it

    Of course – Connor’s Dad was born in ’63!

  49. YKOil says:

    I see the $10.5 of Kane/Toews being the reference point. Issue will be years and the Oilers are better off signing as long a deal as possible.

  50. Scungilli says:

    Taylor Hall in the Whitney interview said ‘because I’ve made money I’ll want to win a Cup if I haven’t yet’ when he’s UFA.

    I don’t think the top level guys are as greedy as many seem to think – that money is going to trump ambition when these guys are already beyond wealthy.

    Another thing to note in his phrasing is that he doesn’t think he will win a lot of Cups. Of course because of his career start but perhaps they realize most guys are lucky to win one, let alone repeat.

    CMD after this season is a multi millionaire, and he will earn a whack of money that will continue past his playing days. I don’t think he wants an extra 2 M over the chance to win. I don’t see that in him but of course I don’t know.

    I do not however trust the Oilers not to pay max dollars when it might not be absolutely necessary. Right in the middle for amount, ideally bridged to time contract signings. I doubt the new CBA changes much. It’s going pretty smooth and the owners have the hammer because they’re billionaires and because shelf life.

    A team lasts decades, owners last decades and take all financial risk, most players last a few years. No leverage there.

  51. Zelepukin says:

    Scungilli:
    Taylor Hall in the Whitney interview said ‘because I’ve made money I’ll want to win a Cup if I haven’t yet’ when he’s UFA.

    I don’t think the top level guys are as greedy as many seem to think – that money is going to trump ambition when these guys are already beyond wealthy.

    Another thing to note in his phrasing is that he doesn’t think he will win a lot of Cups. Of course because of his career start but perhaps they realize most guys are lucky to win one, let alone repeat.

    CMD after this season is a multi millionaire, and he will earn a whack of money that will continue past his playing days. I don’t think he wants an extra2 M over the chance to win. I don’t see that in him but of course I don’t know.

    I do not however trust the Oilers not to pay max dollars when it might not be absolutely necessary. Right in the middle for amount, ideally bridged to time contract signings. I doubt the new CBA changes much. It’s going pretty smooth and the owners have the hammer because they’re billionaires and because shelf life.

    A team lasts decades, owners last decades and take all financial risk, most players last a few years. No leverage there.

    Exactly and I want to believe Chia understands everything there is to do to ensure that McDavid’s desire to win a cup in Edmonton is as strong as possible. Things like, making him a captain as soon as possible and making sure the core guys/friends are still here for his first taste of playoff hockey. Heck, I believe Chia probably wants to play Calgary in the first round just so McD can get the battle of Alberta poisoned into his mind.

    All of these things just might help keep McD’s dollar demands slightly lower and his term a little bit longer. The cup is an extreme long shot this year but the farther we go, the more that will help negotiations for probably both McD and Drai.

  52. Zelepukin says:

    The one thing I always remembered Lowe and MacT harping on about, that actually does make sense, is the value in having a core group of guys of similar age, who can stick together and grow into playoff success. Obviously an extremely difficult thing to orchestrate, but could be a factor if there is a summer decision to either deal a guy like Ebs or give him another shot.

  53. hunter1909 says:

    ” Hi Connor we’ve decided to offer you maximum salary according to the NHL cap. What this means is, we won’t quite have enough money left in our budget to pick up those end of season UFA rentals, or resign some of the players you’re playing with today.

    What we can promise, is to try our hardest to find cheap players who you might be able to drag over the finish line maybe once, maybe twice, maybe never.”

  54. Bank Shot says:

    godot10:
    McDavid probably signs for 5 years, with big signing bonuses in the last year, and the year of the option to reopen the CBA as lockout insurance.

    The shorter term means the AAV can be kept down because the contract doesn’t have to account for possible salary rollbacks in a new CBA.

    It means he would be a UFA at 26 at the end of the deal, but that would be a better time to sign a third contract than at 29.

    Seems like players almost always prefer the security of the longest term possible.

    I haven’t seen other players purposely timing their contracts to end at the next CBA expiration.

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    Are people really serious in thinking that McDavid’s contract is going to somehow reflect his jersey number ($97M or $9.7M/year)?

    Really?

  56. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Man, that photo up top looks like it was taken during pregame warmup, not an actual NHL game. The Columbus players look like they’ve suddenly found their skates tied together.

  57. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Are people really serious in thinking that McDavid’s contract is going to somehow reflect his jersey number ($97M or $9.7M/year)?

    Really?

    Aye you seriously asking? 😉

    Bruce McCurdy: $9 x 7. Think about it

    If only they allowed 9 year deals.

  58. N64 says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Man, that photo up top looks like it was taken during pregame warmup, not an actual NHL game. The Columbus players look like they’ve suddenly found their skates tied together.

    That’s the way I recall it happening . They were filling in for the Generals that night

  59. N64 says:

    Bruce McCurdy: $9 x 7. Think about it

    Bruce is naturally cautious. If the contract goes well he might splurge on JP

  60. PhrankLee says:

    You know who will provide a ton of cap relief next year?

    AHL seasoned veteran Jesse Puljujärvi.

    Closely observing his game reveals that the only thing in his way is himself. He is first line RW of high quality. (I didn’t say an offensive phenomenon)

    His body is catching up with his brain before my very eyes this season. If he gets a late call up, fine.

    I’m thrilled for Eberle to get into the playoffs with this team but I think this summer sees him traded for a big pick and prospect package.

  61. Chachi says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Are people really serious in thinking that McDavid’s contract is going to somehow reflect his jersey number ($97M or $9.7M/year)?

    Really?

    Little known fact. Jaroslav Pouzar’s contract was his Jersey number every year he played for the Oilers. He liked the numbers 10 and 20 so much that he agreed to play for the Oilers in exchange for using those numbers. Seriously. Really.

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