Connor McDavid signs eight-year, $100 million extension with Oilers

Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each have a contract with a $10.5 million average annual value, according to CapFriendly.com. Each had been the highest salary cap charge in the League.

“I’m so excited to wear the Oilers jersey for the next nine years,” McDavid said Wednesday. “I’m in it for the long haul. I want to win here.”

McDavid, 20, has one season remaining on his three-year, entry-level contract. July 1 was the first day he was eligible to sign an extension; he could have become a restricted free agent after this season.

Last season, McDavid led the NHL with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists), won the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the top player as voted by the players. He helped the Oilers finish second in the Pacific Division and reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006.

He had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 13 playoff games; the Oilers reached the Western Conference Second Round, where they were eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks.

McDavid has 148 points (46 goals, 102 assists) in 127 NHL games. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The extension was the top priority for the Oilers this offseason, general manager Peter Chiarelli

Article source: https://www.nhl.com/news/connor-mcdavid-signs-extension-with-edmonton/c-290298656

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