Saturday FTB: cash in NHL defenders



Since the beginning of the last off-season, 16 defenders have signed new contracts or renewals with a cap hit of $ 5 million or more. 11 of them were 6 years or more.

  • Zachary Werenski – 6 years old, $ 9,583,333 AAV
  • Charlie McAvoy – 8 years old, $ 9.5 million AAV
  • Seth Jones – 8 years old, $ 9.5 million AAV
  • Darnell Nurse – 8 Years, $ 9,250,000 AAV
  • Cale Makar – 6 Years, $ 9,000,000 AAV
  • Dougie Hamilton – 7 Years, $ 9,000,000 AAV
  • Miro Heiskanen – 8 Years, AAV $ 8,450,000
  • Quinn Hughes – 6 Years, $ 7,850,000 AAV
  • Colton Parayko – 8 years old, $ 6.5 million AAV
  • Mattias Ekholm – 4 years, $ 6,250,000 AAV
  • Ryan Pulock – 8 years old, $ 6,150,000 AAV
  • Rasmus Dahlin – 3 years, $ 6,000,000 AAV
  • Neal Pionk – 4 year old, $ 5,875,000 AAV
  • Adam Pelech – 8 years old, $ 5,750,000 AAV
  • Alec Martinez – 3 year old, $ 5,250,000 AAV
  • Alex Goligoski – 1 year, $ 5,000,000 AAV

Defenders also make bank with their flat caps. And the beauty of it is that it will likely continue this year and into the next off-season. There are a handful of other top pair defenders who will be free agents: Kris Letang, Adam Fox, Hampus Lindholm, and Morgan J. Rielly.

Rielly isn’t in that top tier of defenders who make over $ 9 million, but is on the next line with players like Colton Parayko and Mattias Ekholm making over $ 6 million in AAV. They were also UFA deals and expansions with their previous team. Rielly may not be the crème de la crème, but he is a real top pair guy who can lead a top power play unit.

We’re going to hear a lot of “want them or not” when it comes to whether or not the Maple Leafs are extending Rielly after this season. Can not Hardly Wait!


Power plays and penalty crackdowns | from Katya

Presentation of the Toronto Marlies 2021-2022 | from Katya

Leafs Prospect Roundup: eyes on knees, Amirov’s absence, Tverberg on a tear | by Nick Richard at TLN

Cap Settlements: Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy Joins Elite Companies | from

Red Wings captain Larkin suspended a game | from TSN approx

Canadiens’ Shea Weber may go to long-term injuries reserve: Daly | by The Athletic

Speaking of prospects: Topi Niemelä had a career game with one goal and two assists. He has scored 2 goals and 12 points this season – both of which are for him the best of his career in the Liiga in just 12 games.

Matt Knies had a good game of his own. He had this secondary assist that linked the game between two top NCAA teams. He has 3 points in 3 games to start his NCAA rookie season.

Well, that’s a strange thing that apparently happened.



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