Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers
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Insider says Leon Draisaitl's contract ask changed after Nylander signing

Published January 9, 2024 at 11:02
Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a big bet on a core member of their team, and essentially overpayed William Nylander to stay in Toronto for eight years for $11.5M annually. As soon as the contract came down, fans and analysts began to wonder how this will affect Leon Draisaitl's contract demands.

According to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Athletic, Draisaitl's contract value will undoubtedly take a steep increase well above Nylander's contract. Nugent-Bowman spoke to an agent who doesn't represent either player, who said the floor for Draisaitl's contract will be $13M for 8 years.

Probably $13 million as the floor, the agent said. He can ask for what he wants. Somebody's going to pay Leon Draisaitl.

Obviously, Draisaitl is a much more valuable player than Nylander. Aside from his much greater offensive production, he also plays a more premium position in center, while Nylander plays the wing. Although Draisaitl is one year older, he'll still command the full term and much higher AAV than Nylander, according to Nugent-Bowman and the anonymous agent.

The Oilers were always going to have to pay handsomely if they wanted any hope of retaining Draisaitl beyond June 2025. It appears the Nylander contract has only driven up that price point.

Needless to say, the Oilers want to retain their second generational talent in Draisaitl, no matter the cost. However, giving him a near $5M raise along with another more expensive McDavid contract may cause the Oilers problems in trying to build around the team. Considering the existing contracts of Nurse, Kane, Ekholm, and Campbell, as well as considering new ones for McDavid and Bouchard - things could get real tight for Edmonton. Hopefully, the front office will be able to navigate the tight situation while still competing for the Stanley Cup.


January 9   |   572 answers
Insider says Leon Draisaitl's contract ask changed after Nylander signing

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