Ice Hockey Connor McDavid Becomes NHL’s Highest Paid Player By Andre Slocombe Posted on July 20, 2017 3 min read 0 0 131 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Connor McDavid at the young age of 20 has become the National Hockey League’s new highest-paid player. With his number 97 on the sleeves, the Edmonton Oilers should have added 3 and made it ‘100’. As in $100-million. After agreeing to the nine figures over the next 8 years in a contract extension, starting at the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, McDavid, the NHL’s scoring champion and most-valuable player at an average salary-cap of $12.5-million per season, will become its highest-paid player. Connor’s Salary History McDavid stemming from his entry-level deal will make $3.775 million this coming season, which is his base salary of $925,000 plus his performance bonuses. Then the enormous $100 million extension kicks in. What is most amazing in this new deal is the $86 million signing bonus over the next 8 years. In essence this means that every July 1st McDavid will bank $10.75 million in his account. McDavid’s signing bonus contract is very similar to that of Carey Price, the all-star goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, 8 years contract of $84 million. $1.75-million will be McDavid’d monthly income during this contract, it will be allocated into bi-weekly payments over the course of each season. As the old saying goes, the more you earn the more the responsibility, the Oilers are obviously building the team as McDavid as the cornerstone, building around him statistically and financially, the pressure is no doubt heavy with a $100 million contract. McDavid is taking it all in stride as in his words, it hasn’t sunk in, it’s crazy to think that people are willing to pay him $100 million to light the lamp and do what he loves on daily basis. Connor McDavid says “It just wants to make me work harder,” You want to earn the money and not be that guy who signs a deal and shuts down. That’s not going to be me.