Report: Connor McDavid to become highest paid player in NHL history

Jun 29 2017, 1:45 am

Connor McDavid is about to become the highest paid player in the NHL.

And by a lot.

The 20-year-old from Richmond Hill is fresh off of winning the Hart, Ted Lindsay, and Art Ross Trophies at the NHL Awards last week. And soon, it appears, he will sign an eight-year mega deal, worth $13.25 million. At the end of eight years, he will have made $106 million in total.

The NHL’s current highest paid players (by average annual value) are Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, whose contracts carry matching $10.5 million cap hits.

While players have made more in a single season than $13.25 million and signed contracts whose total value is higher $106 million, no player has ever signed a contract with a higher average annual salary.

McDavid’s contract expires at the end of next season, and you can argue he’s certainly worth the money. The Oilers’ superstar centre led the league in scoring, notching 100 points (30-70-100) last season. McDavid not only led the Oilers to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, he helped get his team to the second round.

And he’s only going to get better.

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