A family affair on Inside The Cru as Tyler Yaremchuk chatted with Nik Yaremchuk about his time with the Cru, playing up in Alaska and what it’s like to play with Ryan Smyth.
From his first AJHL game to taking the ice in his NHL debut with a stint in Denmark mixed in there as well. Tyler Yaremchuk and Cody Kunyk touched on just about everything.
“Taking this much money means he doesn’t want to win”
“He’s leaving no money for them to build a —”
“This is just a selfish move by —”
Shut up. Please, shut up.
If you have said any of the above in the past week. Stop talking.
Connor McDavid has played in 127 NHL games to this point in his career. He has scored 148 points and won an Art Ross, Hart Trophy, and Ted Lindsay Award. He guided a franchise out of the darkness and helped them win a playoff round in their first year back in the big dance.
He deserves $12.5 million. He deserved $13.250 million. He deserves $20 million. This franchise was gifted him via a fricken’ lottery. He owes them absolutely nothing.
As far as I’m concerned it is their responsibility to ensure they take whatever money is left and give Connor McDavid the resources he needs to bring multiple Stanley Cups to Edmonton. It is not the job of a young superstar to make life easier on management.
It’s a problem that has existed for a while now in hockey, the idea that a superstar must take less so that the supporting cast around him is better. I see the mindset behind that argument, of course, everyone loves a good team player. Someone who puts themselves second.
But consider it from the other perspective.
Is it Connors fault that he Oilers paid Milan Lucic $6m? No.
Who’s fault is it that they had to buy out Benoit Pouliot? Hardly #97’s.
So why should he have to sell himself short to cater to the mistakes of others?
It’s something that hockey has an extreme problem with, that other sports frankly do not.
Look at the NBA, in most cases when a support player wants to join a super team and win, he takes less money. The majority of the cap is spent on the superstars.
I know the cap levels and rules are different in every league, but let’s throw McDavid’s salary up against the other 3 major leagues:
If McDavid were to hold a $12.5 AAV in the MLB, he would rank just inside the top 100.
Yup, hockey’s best young star has an annual salary that is in the same breath as players like Ricky Nolasco and Matt Garza.
Ignore the bargain that Chris Sale is on because he IS a truly special talent on a great deal. But the best young player that hockey has seen in arguably 25 years got a shiny brand new deal… that’s worth the same as a few sub-par starting pitchers.
No different in the NBA where McDavid would sit in a tie for 88th… with Miles Plumlee.
Tell me, when was the last time you heard someone say “Wow, did you see what Miles Plumlee did last night? We GOTTA find a way to watch him live!”.
Or maybe next time you walk into a sports retail store, ask if they have any Miles Plumlee gear left, or maybe it’s all sold out!
McDavid brings value to a franchise that no other player can. It’s absurd that in today’s hockey world, he’s unable to chase what he financially deserves and if he was allowed to, he would be scrutinized for doing so.
(Also just for fun, here’s the NFL salaries… seriously, he’s 63rd. WHO THE HELL IS ANDREW WHITWORTH)
James Duthie brought up a great point on TSN 1260 the other week. Give each team one exemption. Whoever the teams highest paid player is, simply comes off the cap.
It’s so simple, yet so effective. The Oilers give Connor McDavid the $25 million a year he deserves. The team doesn’t suffer. Old man hockey culture can’t say McDavid is a selfish spoiled kid.
In works for other teams as well. If you pay Player A $12 million a year, he’s exempt, but as soon as you give another player $13 million, Player A counts towards your cap again. It’s a brilliant way of keeping the parity that the NHL loves to create, while not handcuffing teams who have great players. It also allows players to earn what they are truly worth to their franchises without facing public scrutiny.
Of course, there are more layers to it, but that’s for another blog. For now, I leave you with this:
Connor McDavid deserves whatever the hell he wants, and it’s a shame hockey culture gets in the way of their stars earning what they deserve.
photo via The Edmonton Sun
Another one of the young Crusaders hoping to crack the roster next year is Will Zapernick, this week he joined Tyler Yaremchuk on Inside The Cru.
Tyler Yaremchuk interviews the second Blanchette brother, Eric. He talked about his success last year in Midget AAA, playing with his brother and of course, his NHL comparable.
The Golden Knights big reveal is coming! A huge night in the NHL! The intrigue is outstand—
It’s been leaked.
Just like the big jersey unveiling, the team Vegas will announce tonight has been reported on Twitter by the elite group of NHL Insiders.
So I’ll take advantage of this and fire off some names that the Oilers could target when Vegas decides to flip some skilled vets.
WHAT THEY CAN OFFER
- JORDAN EBERLE: Skilled RW who has been run out of town. Still relatively young, could be seen as a long-term fit in Vegas as he’s usually pretty good on bad teams. If not, Vegas could up his value and flip him at the deadline.
- 2018 1st & 2nd Round Picks: Speaks for itself. Vegas wants picks, and a lot of them.
- Tyler Benson: Vegas only has so many roster spots and might be looking for prospects closer to the NHL then the ones they’ll use draft picks on. Benson is a gamble, but has a high ceiling.
There are probably a few more, but I’m doing this on the fly.
WHO COULD EDMONTON WANT
He can play either wing, loves to shoot the puck and is one of an elite group of NHLers who have scored 20 goals or more in each of their first 9 seasons.
He can contribute on the powerplay, which the Oilers could use. But he’s no slouch 5v5 either with a 0.86 goals/60 and a his 9.04 shots/60 cracks the top 40 amongst regular NHLers.
Currently has one more year @ $5million.
He isn’t as proven as James Neal, but a value contract (750k next year, then a UFA) and a player who’s coming off a break-out 30 goal season. He plays RW and his only 26 years old, which potentially lines up nicely with the Oilers core.
Will he be able to score 30 goals consistently? Doubt it. But he shouldnt cost too much and if anyone can keep him at a 30 goal pace, it’s Connor McDavid.
This would be a dream fit in my eyes. Rumors are the Leafs are heavily pursuing Miller as well, but in my eyes, Colin Miller is a top 4 d-man right now and will stay in an NHL top 4 for a long time. I know the price would be high, but if I’m Chia, I’m paying that price.
Would just a first rounder do it? What would the sweetener be? All viable questions. But expect Miller to be pursued hard by many different GM’s.
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK
Right handed d-man? Check. Young? Check. NHL experience? TVR has over 150 game under his belt. He checks a lot of the boxes Chia will be looking for.
He has tremendous upside, although still a little raw. Could he be a viable option to step in and replace Andrej Sekera for a good chunk of the year then stay on the 3rd pair? I like his game, I’m not sure if Vegas will want to trade a right shot with his kind of upside. The price may be high.
I don’t think Vegas will be shopping their centerman, but if there is one to move, it may be Eakin. 26 years old and is due $3.875mil over the next 3 years, Eakin is really nothing more than a 3rd line center.
I wouldn’t be going after him if I was Chiarelli, as I think he’s overpaid for what he actually brings. But this is a PC type of guy, rugged, energy, bit of offensive upside (although he scored 3 goals in 60 games last year) *pause* THIS GUY ONLY SCORED 3 GOALS IN 60 GAMES LAST YEAR.
He made over a million per goal last year. That’s horrendous. If the Oil get him at salary retained or dirt cheap, then maybe I wouldn’t be too mad. But please Peter, don’t trade Eberle for this guy.
William Karlsson: Watched him a lot in CBJ, might fit well on Edmonton’s bottom 6. Doesn’t do anything too special.
Brayden McNabb: I really like him, but he’s a left shot, so unless Kris Russell isn’t back, there isn’t room for him. On the other hand, I think he’s a great chance to upgrade on Kris Russell.
Jason Garrison: Same as McNabb in that he would be an upgrade on the left side over Russell. But Garrison brings a cannon of a shot, which Edmonton needs and he has shown the ability to quarterback a PP. A veteran presence may ease the loss of Sekera, especially if it’s Matt Benning on that 2nd pair.
Tons of activity expected, it should be a fun 3 days for hockey fans, and a busy day for insiders.
Tyler Yaremchuk chats with Blanchette about his development last year in midget, his goals for next season and of course, which NHLer he models his game after.
Marco Runco sat himself down in Bantam and decided if he was going to go anywhere in hockey, he’d have to be the hardest worker. He joined Tyler Yaremchuk to talk about his path to the Cru and he made a bold guarantee that should excite Crusaders fans.
A few days ago I wrote about what a new deal for 22-year-old Darnell Nurse could potentially look like.
Now I’d like to shift the focus of contract discussion to Matt Benning. Like Nurse, Benning will need a new deal after next season and is eligible for an extension.
Now, with only one year under his belt, you would imagine that both sides would wait until the year is at least half way done, but when the time comes for the ink to meet paper, what could Matt Benning’s new deal look like?
Benning is a unique case because he’s 23 years old, but he’s only played 62 NHL games. In those 62 games, he’s managed to impress those close to the Oilers and most have penciled him into this team’s long-term top 6.
In his first season, he logged decent minutes in every scenario. He was 5th on the team in 5v5 TOI, 3rd in PP TOI and played 41 minutes shorthanded (although that’s the lowest number among their regular defenders). When it came to the playoffs and injuries hit this team, Benning not only stayed healthy, he played over 20 minutes a night in each of their final 3 games vs The Ducks. He also never registered a negative plus/minus in any of those games.
He’s a solid player at both ends of the rink, and it’s completely fair to assume he’s only going to get better as he continues to gain more pro hockey experience.
Of course, it’d be easy for both sides to agree to a 2 year deal around $2million like we’ve seen in the past with Ryan Murray, Tyson Barrie, Danny Dekeyser and more. But if the Oilers like what they’ve seen and are confident he could be an impact defenseman for a long time, why not sign him to a deal with some term?
This could be a chance for the Oilers to set themselves up for a real bargain contract in 3 or 4 years. It could also be a chance for Benning to be apart of a championship team in his own hometown.
Finding comparables is difficult because of how unique this situation is, but I’ve managed to dig up a few thanks to Cap Friendly.
In 2006, Kronwall was 25, so slightly older than Benning, but had only played 66 games which is very close to Benning’s 62. At that point the Wings were confident giving the Swedish blueliner 5 years @ $3million.
In 2013, the Senators gave the 22-year old a 3 year deal worth $2million after watching him for just 50 games. This is a deal I think is the closest comparable to the Benning situation and might be pretty close to what we could see the former Spruce Grove Saints defender get when the time comes for a new deal.
At the age of 25, and after playing 155 NHL Games, the Predators inked Ekholm to a 6-year contract worth $3.75 million. If Matt Benning gets a full NHL season in, he will be 24 and have a similar number of games played.
Matt Benning is an incredible talent, bringing him in is going to go down as Peter Chiarelli’s best move in my eyes.
Matt Benning is also not stupid, and I’m sure he can see his potential to be a top 4 d-man down the road, but I also think he knows how fast things can change in pro sports.
I could see these two sides agreeing to a deal close to the one Ekholm got. I think $3.75m isn’t a horrible overpayment now, and a 6-year term means the Oilers could be getting a real bargain in the final 3 years of the deal.
It’ll be interesting to see how things play out this next season. Benning could dip-off like Brandon Davidson did, or he could break through like Oscar Klefbom did this past season. Either way, an extension is likely coming for Benning, and it’s another piece of the puzzle that GM Peter Chiarelli needs to carefully consider.
If he plays this right, there’s a chance the Oilers have their future top 4 of Larson, Klefbom, Benning and Nurse all locked up long term for around $15million. Which give them tremendous flexibility when it comes to signing their core forwards.
Tyler Yaremchuk and the Former Crusaders goalie chat about his time in Sherwood Park, what life after hockey could be like and the pride of representing Canada!