That deal is pretty much the easiest decision Chiarelli will ever make in Edmonton. Well, maybe second easiest next to drafting McDavid first overall.
I think it's an overpayment considering most of the years covered would be RFA years. Under the current CBA, I think Tarasenko and Ekblad had the highest AAV's out of ELC at $7.5.
It's a higher percentage of the cap than Crosby's second contract, which was given at a time when everyone (rightly) assumed the cap would consistently rise. I'm not sure the cap is going to go up that much over the life of this deal.
Between the Lucic and Russell contracts, the Reinhart trade, selling Eberle at his lowest point, even buying out Pouliot after one bad year...I'm not too concerned about an Oilers dynasty.
I know no one uses offer sheets lest they incur the wrath of the old boys club, but there are a few teams that I think should explore that with Draisaitl.
held their best player in more than three decades and the NHL's current (and future, barring injury) best player to the fucking fire because he's an RFA. This contract is 100% what McDavid deserved. If I was an Edmonton fan, I'd be more worried about his next contract than his current, 100% deserved, contract.
Captaineclectic and CanadianKid are right.
Why so serious?
who have artificially depressed AAVs because of back-diving contracts that would make no sense for McDavid. He's also a better and more important player than Malkin.
Edmonton probably should've tried to use the Toews/Kane contracts as comparables and urged him to leave room for Draisaitl that way. They presumably did try, and failed to pull it off.
probably convinces McDavid that his ceiling should be higher. I get it that he's played one full year but I don't think anybody doubts that this kid is easily "generational". Denton also makes a legit point about what he means to Edmonton in the lengthening post-No. 99 era. No doubt that he needs to have a few like Messier and Kurri around him, but I'm not sure Draisaitl should command $$ which is rendered "undoable" by this contract.
There might be a middle ground between roasting him and giving him whatever he desires. A canny GM could pull that off, but it's no surprise Chiarelli could not.
What's Chiarelli going to pay Draisaitl now?
Sure, there's a certain psychological safety in locking down a transcendent talent like McDavid for the long term, but I have trouble believing that he would have cost much more three years from now than what he just got.
Good for McDavid though. He deserves the money.
supporting cast. But I agree with you, he's worth the years and the money, and if the Oilers can develop talent from the farm system and find value in free agency they've got a window of opportunity.