A pair of franchise cornerstones were locked up on huge contracts during the span of a week when the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers inked Carey Price and Connor McDavid, respectively, to massive extensions.
The deals place the superstars among the highest-paid players in NHL history, with
Price’s eight-year, $84-million contract the richest ever for a goalie, and McDavid’s reported eight-year, $106-million pact working out to an eye-popping $13.25M per season.
Here’s a look at where these mega deals rank among the richest contracts ever handed out.
The Canadiens signed P.K.
Subban to an eight-year, $72M deal in 2014. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
The Blackhawks signed Duncan Keith to a 13-year,
$72M contract in 2009. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AP)
The Red Wings signed Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year, $73M deal in 2009. (Paul Sancya/AP)
The Stars signed Jamie Benn to an eight-year, $76M deal in 2016. (Tim Sharp/AP)
The Penguins signed Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year, $76M deal in 2013. (Nick Wass/AP)
The Kings signed Anze Kopitar to an eight-year,
$80M contract in 2016. (David Zalubowski/AP)
The Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews to an eight-year, $84M contract in 2014. (Matt Marton/AP)
The Canadiens signed Price to an eight-year contact extension that reportedly carries an annual cap hit of US$10.5 million. It’s the richest contract ever for a goalie. (Getty Images)
The Blackhawks also signed Patrick Kane to an eight-year, $84M contract in 2014. (Chris O’Meara/AP)
The Wild signed free agent Zach Parise to a 13-year, $98M contract in 2012. (Stacy Bengs/AP)
The Wild also signed free agent Ryan Suter to a 13-year,
$98M deal in 2012. (Paul Sancya/AP)
The Devils signed free agent Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year,
$100M contract in 2010. (Jason DeCrow/AP)
The Penguins signed Sidney Crosby to a 12-year, $104.4M contract in 2012. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
The Oilers are expected to sign Connor McDavid to an eight-year, $106M contract. (Jason Franson/CP)
The Predators signed Shea Weber to a 14-year, $110M deal in 2012. (Paul Chiasson/CP)
The Capitals signed Alexander Ovechkin to a 13-year, $124M deal in 2008. (Jon Blacker/AP)