The Edmonton Oilers have made Connor McDavid the highest paid player in the NHL with an eight-year contract extension that will pay him an average $12.5 million per season.
The $100-million deal won’t kick in until the 2018-19 season. McDavid is currently in the final year of his entry-level contract.
McDavid would not say how the two sides decided on the $12.5 million per year rather than the $13.5 million most media was quoting in stories last week.
McDavid says “It really doesn’t matter how we got to a number … the important thing is I’ll be here for the next nine years and I couldn’t be more happy about it.”
The Oilers reached the playoffs for the first time in a decade last season, eliminating San Jose before falling in seven games to Anaheim.
McDavid, 20, earned the Art Ross trophy for leading the NHL in scoring last season, the Hart trophy as league MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as most “outstanding” player as voted by his peers.
Not bad dough for a 20 year old eh?
Credits: CBC.ca and NHL.com