Getting rookies under contract isn't much of an issue in the NHL. The CBA lays out their maximums and the top guys know that's what they can expect. Still, there's always questions about when the deal will be signed, and the sooner the better.
The Sabres took care of Jack Eichel's entry-level deal on Wednesday and the Edmonton Oilers reeled in their big fish today by signing Connor McDavid to his first pro contract.
The terms of both are expected to be the same -- a max salary of $925,000 a season for three years with an annual signing bonus of $92,500 and up to $2.85 million in performance bonuses. Those figures are also limited by the CBA.
The cap hits for McDavid and Eichel are thus $925,000 for the first three years in the league, veritable bargains for their worth to their teams on and off the ice.
McDavid has already started on the ice at Oilers development camp, with a few thousand people in Rexall Place today watching drills. That scene will be repeated here next week, when Eichel takes his turns in First Niagara Center.
The Sabres have yet to announce full details of development camp. What is known is there will be a scrimmage on July 10 at 7 p.m. (tickets are $10 and available at Sabres.com) and a three-on-three tournament on July 12. The team is expected to be off on July 11.