An Atlantic Division Star Takes a Shot at Connor McDavid

Published September 19, 2023 at 10:12 PM

Connor McDavid was called out by a star on a rebuilding team in an interview today.

The Senators' current core of players, according to Tim Stutzle, is the team to beat with their current roster.

Personally, I think if someone is making $10 or $11 million it makes it hard to win with the salary cap." Stutzle said. "But with everyone making under $9 million in our young core, I think we have a really good chance to win. And the only goal I really have is to win a Stanley Cup with this group of guys."

He believes that players who make more money make it harder for their teams to win Stanley cups.

The salaries of NHL players making $10 Million or more are broadcast far and wide in hockey media. Therefore, it's safe to assume that Stutzle's controversial comment includes players like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews.

Among his new contracts, Stutzle signed an $8.35 million 8-year deal, alongside Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot in the same range, with salaries of $8.2 million and $8 million respectively.

Quite rude considering McDavid gave Stutzle advice before he broke out


Does Stutzle's theory that teams will have difficulty winning a Stanley Cup when players make over $9 million AAV hold up?

In theory, it sounds good, but the Vegas Golden Knights recently won a cup with Jack Eichel and Mark Stone. Moreover, we shouldn't forget Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar both won cups with the Avalanche in 2021-2022. Approximately $9 million dollars AAV or more was the average annual salary for all of these players.

Teams with players earning big money have a lot of potential to win cups.

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An Atlantic Division Star Takes a Shot at Connor McDavid

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