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Auston Matthews Could Be The Highest Paid Player In The NHL Next Season

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

This isn’t a debate on who is the best player in the world, but rather a reflection of what the salary cap was two years ago ($77 million US) when McDavid signed and what it’s projected to be ($83.5-million) when Matthews’ entry-level contract expires next year.

That’s a $6.5-million increase. And you can bet it’s something that will reflect in what Matthews ends up getting.

When McDavid signed an eight-year deal worth $100-million, the annual average of $12.5-million was 16.7% of the total salary cap. If Matthews wants that same percentage, his annual salary will be $13.9-million. And for those suggesting that Matthews would take less for the “good of the team,” consider that McDavid’s original deal was reportedly $13.25-million (17.2%) — so Matthews could make even more if he wanted.

Still don’t think Matthews is worth McDavid money? Well, take a look at their numbers.

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I would guess that teams that are constructed with a player with that kind of salary load are great for a few years at best then start to decline once they run into salary cap hell. The Hawks come to mind here. Haven’t they been on the losing side of trades recently because teams knew they were up against the cap?
I think players that want that kind of money should be traded for multiple high round picks and good to great players where you can get 2/3 of your top line for the same money. Or close to it. I think that would construct a team which would be able to compete better for longer before beginning a yo-yo of up and down years.

Caveat: I could be wrong.

Posted by teldar on 12/05/18 at 10:04 PM ET

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