Connor McDavid inks 100 million dollar extension with Oilers

Lynette Rowe
July 6, 2017

McDavid's contract doesn't come into effect until the 2018-2019 season, but when it does it'll count for more than 15% of his team's salary cap space. Still, the reports about McDavid's deal leaked early and there was a large amount of backlash that surfaced due to McDavid ultimately "harming" the Oilers chances at being competitive with such a large cap hit that was originally reported to be $13.25 million per season by Elliotte Friedman. "There are challenges at every juncture when you are building a winning team in the salary cap era".

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane now own the league's highest cap hits at $10.5 million each and will be joined by Montreal's Carey Price after next season. "I wanted to show my commitment to the Oilers organization, the fans, the city - show that I'm in it for the long haul".

McDavid, the first-overall pick in the 2015 draft, was limited to 45 games in his 2015-16 rookie season after sustaining a collarbone injury crashing into the boards.

He tallied 100 points in 82 games last season, capturing the Art Ross trophy as the league's leading scorer. The Oilers are also working to re-sign rising star Leon Draisaitl, who is a restricted free agent after finishing his entry-level deal and due a big raise. Thus McDavid will be under contract as an Oiler for the next 9 seasons.

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He also led the Oilers to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

"We've built a good team here", McDavid said. "Sure, it was just one year, but we're on the right track".

"It really doesn't matter how we got to a number, the important thing is I'm going to be here for the next nine years", he said.

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