You get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you and you and you!
Long-term deals have been in vogue the last few months in the NHL, with Charlie McAvoy, Ryan Pulock, Nick Suzuki, Mika Zibanejad and Aleksander Barkov all doing max extensions in the last couple of weeks while Brady Tkachuk did a seven-year deal.
That comes after an offseason where Colton Parayko, Sean Couturier, Andrei Svechnikov, Darnell Nurse, Adam Pelech, Brayden Point, Gabriel Landeskog, Seth Jones and Miro Heiskanen also got eight-year deals while the likes of Dougie Hamilton and Zach Hyman did seven-year max contracts as UFAs.
I think back to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly during the 2012 lockout and saying the hill he was going to die on was trying to limit term on contracts to five years. The league had to settle for eight.
You can understand why the league has always felt some of these long-term deals are risky.
And yet you can make the argument some of these max deals will end up being bargains for teams.
That’s really the gamble here in these uncertain times as the NHL economy is still prying its way out of the pandemic wilderness. Teams are betting some of these contracts will age well as the cap finally (hopefully?) goes back up while players are taking the security that’s on the table given the unpredictable forecast ahead.