NHL teams report highest-paying contracts for 2015
UAVs are getting bigger and faster, and teams are paying more attention to the big-ticket contracts they’re handing out to players, sources tell NHL.com.
The big money is starting to show up in the form of more expensive contracts for top players.
Here’s a look at the top 10 contracts that each team will receive in the coming season.
Colorado Avalanche: $2.75 million (per-cap hit) The Avalanche got a lot of bang for its buck this offseason.
The Avs received two first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft, which they used on defenseman P.K. Subban, goaltender Semyon Varlamov and forwards Mikkel Boedker and Gabriel Landeskog.
Subbed out in January 2015, he went on to record 20 goals and 35 assists in 48 games for Colorado in 2016-17.
The Avalanche will get a lot more out of Subban in the future.
They signed him to a four-year, $34 million contract that pays him $5.75-million in each of the next three years.
Subbans best year was last season, when he recorded 27 goals and 51 assists in 71 games.
New York Islanders: $4.25 million (plus bonuses) The Islanders signed winger Matt Martin to a two-year contract in October 2015.
The deal was worth $4 million a year over three years, with an option for a fourth year in 2017.
The Isles have been very successful in the past decade, as they finished second in the Atlantic Division and first in the Metropolitan Division.
However, the team is still in the midst of a rebuilding phase.
The Islanders will get the biggest bang for their buck this season, with Martin’s deal worth $6.5 million over two years, or $1.25-million a year.
He has a $2-million bonus for the first two years of his deal.
Washington Capitals: $5 million (first-year) The Capitals added forward Alex Ovechkin in the offseason, and they got a great return.
Ovechek was a first-rounder (No. 10 overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and was drafted by the Capitals in the third round.
Ovi is the only Caps player to play in every NHL game for Washington.
His contract will be worth $5-million over two seasons, with a $1-million signing bonus.
The Capitals will get another boost with the addition of winger Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was drafted in the second round (No, 39 overall) and will be signed for two years at $5,500,000.
Nashville Predators: $6 million (up to $6,250,000) Predators GM David Poile had been hoping to get a big return on his $3.75-$5.5-billion contract with forward Ryan Johansen, who had five goals and 15 assists in 82 games last season.
The Predators are going to get another big one from the addition, as forward Dylan Strome, who they acquired in a trade with Nashville in July, will be a restricted free agent in 2020.
Strome had six goals and 18 assists in 73 games with Nashville last season after he had 19 goals and 50 assists in 64 games with St. Louis in 2015-16.
Chicago Blackhawks: $7 million (second-year to first-year)*The Blackhawks will be looking to sign more than one player for their top two defensemen, and that’s what they got from forward Bryan Bickell and center Marko Dano.
Bickel, 27, had 13 goals and 23 assists in 70 games last year with the Predators after he was drafted No. 4 overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Dano, 26, had three goals and 12 assists in 59 games with the Blackhawks last season when he was a rookie.
Philadelphia Flyers: $8 million (third-year or first-season)*The Flyers got a little bit of a jump out of signing center Travis Konecny, who turned 28 in August.
Konek had 13 assists in 68 games last fall and was named to the NHL All-Rookie team in 2014-15.
Kones deal will be valued at $7.25-$8 million over three seasons, but he will make $5-$6 million annually with a signing bonus of $1 million.
The Flyers will get an added boost from the signing of winger Chris VandeVelde, who is expected to join the Flyers for two seasons at $6-million per season.
San Jose Sharks: $9 million (fourth-year*) The Sharks got a big bang for the buck by signing center Logan Couture to a five-year deal that will pay him $12 million over four years.
Couture has been one of the top players in the NHL for years,
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