With the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander FINALLY coming to terms on a brand new six year, $45 million contract worth approximately $6.9 million per season, hockey fans around the NHL happy to turn the page on the entire saga. Nylander’s contract is done, he’ll be in the lineup at some point this season and we can finally all get on with our lives. Unless you’re a Boston Bruins fans that is…
According to a report from Bruins insider Joe McDonald of The Athletic, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy opened up contract negotiations with the team this past offseason, but was unable to come to terms before the season began. It’s believed that the Bruins’ offer to McAvoy was in the $6.5 million per season range over seven years, but that evidently wasn’t enough for McAvoy to sign. There’s a chance now that the young blue liner could seek as much as $8 million per season on a long term, eight year contract.
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Despite this injury, a massive payday will be in his future. The Bruins began contract negotiations with McAvoy during the offseason, and according to sources, the offer was in the range of $6.5 million per season for seven years. At this point, he would likely be better served by finishing the season and then negotiating a long-term deal in the range of $7.5 to $8 million for eight years.
Yikes… that’s a LOT of dough. Especially for a player who has proven to have durability issues early in his career. No one is denying McAvoy’s talent, but he’s played just seven games this season and missed nearly 20 last season with injury. To be fair, that’s not entirely his fault… I mean the kid had emergency heart surgery. But, regardless it’s something that the Bruins must be aware of and be cautious of moving forward.
In any case, with the McAvoy camp seeking a huge pay day this offseason and with the Bruins perpetually pressed up against the NHL’s salary cap, hockey fans could be in for another standoff between a young player and his team next season.