The Edmonton Oilers continue to be busy this offseason. Not only are they looking to bring in new players to help improve their squad, they also have to look at re-signing their two best players.
According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, McDavid is about to become the highest-paid player in the NHL by a wide margin.
Both are reporting that McDavid’s new deal is going to be for eight years and over $13 million per season.
Those are big numbers, but it’s hard to argue that he doesn’t deserve that kind of salary.
The 20-year-old was the only player in the league to put up 100 points in 2016-17. His effort on the ice led him to his first Hart and Art Ross Trophies.
Edmonton currently has just over $17.1 million in cap space. Obviously, their two franchise centers will eat up that entire number, but McDavid still has one year left on his current deal, so a new contract would only kick in for the 2018-19 season.