Over at Sportsnet, they caught up with Ron MacLean at Smashfest where he gave his take on a range of NHL topics, including Connor McDavid being underpaid.
If there’s one thing that Ron MacLean has seen in his day, it’s a lot of great NHL talent and I’m going to put words in his mouth and guess that Connor McDavid has to rank in the top half of that group even though he’s only played two NHL seasons. When Ron MacLean speaks about Connor McDavid being worth the price of admission—I agree with him. When he talks about our captain being underpaid, I can’t say that I really disagree with him there, either.
From the Sportsnet interview:
“You know me. I’m old school. I still think he’s underpaid. A lot of people will look at me and say, ‘Are you out of your mind? He’s making $100 million!’ He’ll get by on that. He’s content with that, as Gretzky before him was. Wayne wanted to give the money to help build a better team. McDavid got what was coming to him, and he’s obviously worth the price of admission. If the markets were closer to fair, he could get more, but so be it.”
Before I defend this, I want to start off by saying that I know how much money $100 million is—you don’t have to explain it to me. Well, actually, I don’t really know how much $100 million is. I can only begin to imagine what it must be like to have that kind of cake rolling before the time the guy is even 30-years old (I’m 32), but that’s a different story. The fact that Connor didn’t “Joe Thornton” his way down Jasper Ave after signing the contract already means that he’s a greater man than I am. But can you really say he’s underpaid?
The max that Connor could have signed for under the current CBA is $15 million per season provided that the cap stays at $75 million, and, after thinking about it, I have to say that I agree with ol’ Ron that Connor is probably underpaid. Frankly, the Oilers are sure as hell lucky that he didn’t demand the max because they would have had a hard time saying no. I mean, what would have been their options? Chiarelli would have had to either sign him to the deal (which would have pissed people off) or trade him after only three years in the organization (which would have pissed even more people off).
Can you imagine how THAT deal would have gone over? It would have been madness. There would have been chaos in the streets. The comments section would have imploded the website. Flamesnation would have been thrilled. That’s a reality that I can’t even begin to think about. *shudders* Is Connor McDavid underpaid? There could be an argument there.
THE INAUGURAL OILERSNATION OPEN
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- When – September 14th, 2017 (Thursday)
- Where – Cougar Creek Golf Resort
- How much – $185 per person or $700 per team
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- Teams – Groups of Four (4)
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