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The Top 10 Best Long-Term NHL Contracts

The NHL is a league that is notorious for its ugly, bad, and sometimes mind-boggling contracts.

With all of the bad contracts seemingly always in the headlines (bad news makes for better stories), it’s easy to forget that even the NHL has its fair share of deals that can be considered gems.

For this list, because it’s harder for teams to sign good long-term deals, only current players who are on deals consisting of six or more years apply.

Honourable mentions: Taylor Hall (7 years, $42M total, $6M cap hit, injury prone but an elite offensive talent), Tyler Seguin (6 years, $34.5M total, $5.75M cap hit, party animal wildcard with outstanding offensive flair), James Neal (6 years, $30M total, $5M cap hit, put up near point per game numbers with Penguins but is now is part of a more defensive team in Nashville ) and James van Riemsdyk (6 years, $25.5M total, $4.25M cap hit, with the Leafs he has developed into everything that the Flyers thought he could be).

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 long-term contracts in the NHL.

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Morning Hits: The Gretzky Trade, Semin and Prokhorkin

  • Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com: Former Kings owner Jerry Buss had floated the idea of trading for Wayne Gretzky, and when Bruce McNall bought 25 percent of the team in 1986, the talk increased. McNall bought the remaining shares of the Kings in 1988.

    “When I bought the team, [Buss] told me, ‘I’ve been trying to talk to Peter Pocklington about Gretzky.’ We all kind of laughed. But the fact that he brought up the subject gave me a sense that I could actually make that call,” McNall told NHL.com. “[Pocklington] would blow me off and say, ‘Yeah, right.’ I kept pushing it.”

    After the NHL awards that season.

    “Bruce McNall leaned over and said, ‘I’ll give you $15 million, plus some players.’ At that time, $15 million was $18.5 million Canadian,” Pocklington told NHL.com. “I said, ‘Let me think about it,’ and called him a week later and said, ‘I could live with that.’”

    Pocklington only called one other team regarding Gretzky, the Red Wings, as he knew that Gretzky would have loved to play for the Wings.

    “I tried to reach [Detroit Red Wings owner] Mike Ilitch, because I knew Wayne would have loved to go to Detroit,” Pocklington said. “But it was basically done so quickly, and that was it. There was never a bidding war. There probably should have been, looking back.”

    Gretzky insisted that Marty McSorley was part of the trade.

    “Wayne said to me, ‘Make sure you get McSorley.’ I worked that out pretty quickly, although Sather was not happy about the idea,” McNall said. “Then they wanted [Luc] Robitaille and I said no.”

    The trade ended up being Gretzky, McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, first round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, along with $15 million in cash.

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Hurricanes Alexander Semin hasn’t fully recovered from his wrist surgery. He’s headed back to the U.S. this weekend to rehab.
  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: According to Sovetsky Sport and through a THW translation, Kings prospect Nikolai Prokhorkin after signing a one-year contract extension with CSKA Moscow.

    “Los Angeles really wanted to sign me, they even sent their scouts in Russia, but they didn’t give me any guarantee that I’d play in the NHL, they can still demote me down.”

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NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Halpern, Bouillon and Schultz

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: The Blackhawks are currently $2.2 over the salary cap for this season. For 2015-16, the Blackhawks have $65 million committed for 15 players, a year in which Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy will need new contracts. The 32-year old Patrick Sharp ($5.9 million cap hit) has been in the rumor mill since before July. He’s scored at least 30 goals in each of the past three seasons. He has a modified no-trade clause.
  • Ben Raby of CSN Washington: UFA Jeff Halpern isn’t ready to retire just yet.

    “If something comes along, I’d definitely jump on it,” Halpern said last week in a phone conversation with CSNWashington.com.

    “My price tag isn’t very high anymore. I feel like I can fit in anywhere, so I’m not saying ‘I have to play for this team or that team.’”

    It would be Halpern’s 15th season. He recorded five goals and seven assists in 69 games last season with the Coyotes.

    “There have been a few conversations [with teams], but that’s about where it stops right now.”

  • RDS: (google translate) The Canadiens and Francis Bouillon are in “intense negotiations” on a one-year deal. They were waiting for the P.K. Subban situation to resolve before moving on to Bouillon.
  • Jim Matheson: Wondering if the Oilers are looking at Jake Gardiner’s new contract (five-years, $20.25 million) and thinking that it would work for Justin Schultz.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Pacific Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Central Division, it’s now time to take a look at final division in the NHL, the Western Conferences teams, Pacific Division.

*All figures according to CapGeek.com, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 4: Western Conference – Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 22 (11 forwards, 9 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $57,864,167
Overages: $1,150,000
Cap Space: $11,135,833
RFA’s Remaining: Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly
Players for LTIR: Sheldon Souray (if needed)

Overview: The Ducks are one of the NHL’s best teams, and yet, they still find themselves with just over $11 million in cap space. This is a very unfamiliar sight for good teams. With only Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly left to bring back (which should come for around or less than $3 million combined), the Ducks are in an extremely good position financially moving forward.

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NHL Rumors II: Wings, Oilers, Hurricanes and Zacha

  • Brendan Savage of MLive: Danny DeKeyser still doesn’t have a deal with the Red Wings, but he isn’t concerned.

    “There won’t be any problems,” DeKeyser told Fox 17 while in Portage to play in annual Western Michigan Hockey Alumni and Friends golf outing. “It’ll be done before camp.

    “So, no one needs to worry about that.”

  • Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: McCurdy looks at Penguins RFA center Brandon Sutter after reports from Will DePoali’s (Inside Pittsburgh Sports) sources saying that the Oilers and Avalanche are paying attention to the situation. The Penguins have offered Sutter three different deals, but he’s looking for a one-year deal. The Penguins re-signed Marcel Goc to a one-year deal, and added Nick Spaling to help fill out their bottom-six. The Penguins could be looking for winger, someone like David Perron in return for Sutter, but that may be too high a price for the Oilers.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes coach Peters said that their power play could consist of Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm, with Alex Semin playing the right point with Justin Faulk or Ryan Murphy.
  • Zdenek Janda: Top Czech prospect Pavel Zacha will likely be leaving the Czech to play junior in the CHL, probably in the OHL.

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NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Predators, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Loui Eriksson could find himself on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    “I’m really comfortable with that. It’s a different look, but (Eriksson) is a very smart player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said July 1 when asked about the idea of Eriksson slotting into the vacant first-line spot. “He’s a great two-way player. He plays a very smart game. I saw him play with the Sedins — he can play at that level. He can play on the matchup, so …

    “But having said that, he can move down the lineup and he’s comfortable with it. So I mean, the options are there. It would be nice to get a right shot — that would be a priority at some point — but I have no problem with (Eriksson) playing on that top line, and I’ve talked to (Krejci) about it, and he welcomes it. If you watch how Loui plays, he plays a real give-and-go game, and he’s very smart, passes to areas … He’s very compatible with (Krejci).”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are likely finished with free agency, but there are still a couple UFAs that might help them out: Daniel Alfredsson, Devin Setoguchi and Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators are looking to add some offense through the trade market, they could look at Jets Evander Kane. Cooper thinks the Predators should stay away from Kane due to his character issues. The Predators have pieces like Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis that might interest the Jets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has spoken with Chad LaRose’s agent. Sides are still in the talking stage.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks are still likely to be looking to add an experienced goalie on a two-way deal.
  • Lowetide: “One thing about trading Eberle is current GM didn’t draft him. History tells us it’s easier for a GM to deal a previously procured talent.”

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NHL Rumors II: Leafs Could Still Be Looking To Trade Franson … Oilers?

  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Cody Franson received his third straight one-year deal ($3.3 million) from the Maple Leafs. His new deal doesn’t mean the Maple Leafs won’t continue looking at moving him.

    “Toronto’s obviously where I want to be so I’m always hopeful there wasn’t a ton of truth to all those rumours,” Franson said in a conference call with reporters. “For me it’s all rumours until the phone rings. . . . You try to avoid it as best you can.”

  • James Mirtle: Was told over the weekend that the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson would settle on a deal in the $3.25 million range, with the same source saying that he would then be traded.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Franson will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The Maple Leafs could lose him for nothing if they don’t trade him or re-sign him before.

    “There’s no reason why we couldn’t sign him during the year, or at the end of the year,” said Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. “Part of it is, if the player wants to be with you, it makes it a lot easier to reach a deal.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples wonders if the Oilers should look at Franson. Franson is a right handed shot, and the Oilers already have Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne. He could fit in if one of the previous three is moved to the left side or traded. His trade value should not be high. If the Oilers can’t find a No. 1 defensemen, bringing in guys like Franson or Blackhawks Johnny Oduya is not a bad thing. The Leafs may be asking too much for him.

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Schultz and Brookbank

  • Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press: There is some talk that the some free agents may not want to sign with the Red Wings due to coach Mike Babcock’s hard-nosed style. Babcock responded on Detroit Sports 105.1 radio with:

    “Maybe they don’t want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract,” he said. “The way I look at it here, if you don’t want to be coached, don’t come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that’s what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding.”

    “If (the Wings) are concerned about (free agents not liking him), then I should coach somewhere else.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Four issues that RFA Justin Schultz and the Oilers face:

    1. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has identified Schultz, 24, a restricted free agent, as one of the core Oilers, putting him in the same company as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. These three other players are locked into long-term deals that pay $6 million per season.

    2. Schultz is coming off a season with mixed results, a season not worthy as a stand alone season of a big money, long-term deal.

    3. In the NHL, teams pay for point scoring and it’s not unreasonable to expect a 40 to 50 point season soon out of Schultz.

    4. Schultz made $3.7 million last year, and he won’t be keen take  a pay cut, even if his two-way play wasn’t stellar. (Correction: I misinterpreted CapGeek, which listed his potential bonus, not his paid bonus, which was far less, and meant Schultz made about $1.7 to 2.0 million last season.)

    Staple’s thinks signing Schultz to a long-term deal in the $4.5 to $5 million per season range would be a good bet.

  • Chris Kuc: Sheldon Brookbank is talking to a few teams, with a source saying that a return to the Blackhawks is still possible.

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NHL Rumors I: Booth, Del Zotto and the Oilers

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The agent for David Booth, Mike Luit, has reached out to the Penguins in recent weeks. Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin coached Booth for two years in Florida. Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton also has Panthers ties with Booth. The Penguins are working on deals for RFA Nick Spaling and Brandon Sutter before moving on to others according to sources. They haven’t closed the door on Booth on a one-year, low salaried deal.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: The 24-year old Michael Del Zotto is still looking for a team for next season after not having a good year.

    “The whole season overall wasn’t how I wanted it to be. It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It’s a confidence game. So I’m just trying to get it back this summer,” he says. “I know what I can do and can provide a team. I’ve done it in the past; I’m just trying to get there again.”

    Del Zotto said that he’s talking to “a bunch” of teams and that “obviously there’s interest.” He wouldn’t say how many or which teams are interested.

  • Bob Stauffer: “Some late night Oilers thoughts for U. #1 The biggest off-season addition in the short term will be Craig Ramsay…good add for Eakins. #2 The biggest addition long-term will be Leon Draisaitl. Under-stated personality will compliment Hall, RNH, Eberle, Yak and Schultz. #3 Jujhar Khaira has a legit shot to be Oilers #3 C by 2016. His #’s weren’t great in Everett but he played for Kevin Constantine. The Oilers have to make sure Khaira Centers 1 of the top 2 lines in OKC and gets a lot of minutes right from the get go as a Pro. #4 2010 2nd round picks Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton fought injuries and a deep depth chart in first 2 pro years…progressed last season…but now they really have to take the next step…but the Oilers also need to ensure farm team is about developing players. #5 The Goaltending situation is not “fixed”. It would be fixed in Henrik Lundqvist was an Oiler. Nonetheless I fully expect a highly competitive battle between Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens which should help the Oil get off to a better start than last season. #6 the player I get asked about the most around the League is David Perron. Not surprising as he is the Oilers 2nd most competitive player. #7 I would not trade J. Schultz for a #2 C like say O Reilly. Oilers finished 29th in D scoring last season. Patience!

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