$6 Million Dollar Question

Much is made of Jordan Eberle's contract and some people thinking it is too high. At $6M through to 2019 and 9.34% of the salary cap this year.

An Aside: With salaries being tied to revenue, their actual amount varies from year to year, in a bad year Jordan may get $5.5 M and in a good year $6.5 M. I think that the NHL & NHLPA instead of using a monetary amount like $6 M or $7 M should go with a percentage total. In contract negotiations it would be 6% of the salary cap. 0.8% would be the League minimum. I think it would also bring more attention to what the player ACTUALLY gets paid as opposed to these magic 8 ball figures that due to Escrow and such don't really count. Aside Over.

There are a number of players in that $6M(AAV) club(6+2): Taylor Hall, Logan Couture, Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla**, Mike Cammalleri, Jordan Staal, Kimmo Timonen, Joe Pavelski

Within 10% of it(37-26 Less-11 More). Tyler Myers(DOWN), Ryan Miller(UP), Miikka Kiprusoff(DOWN), Jeff Skinner(DOWN), Cam Ward(UP), Patrick Kane(UP), Jonathan Toews(UP), Patrick Sharp(DOWN), Brent Seabrook(DOWN), Duncan Keith(DOWN), James Wisniewski(DOWN), Sergei Bobrovsky(DOWN), Tyler Seguin(DOWN), Shawn Horcoff(DOWN), Kari Lehtonen(DOWN), Henrik Zetterberg(UP), Daniel Alfredsson(DOWN), Mike Richards(DOWN), Jonathan Quick(DOWN), Andrei Markov(DOWN), Carey Price(UP), Travis Zajac(DOWN), Patrik Elias(DOWN), John Tavares(DOWN), Erik Karlsson(UP), Mike Ribeiro(DOWN), Oliver Ekman-Larsson(DOWN), Mike Smith(DOWN), Brent Burns(DOWN), Martin St. Louis(DOWN), Matt Carle(DOWN), Dion Phaneuf(UP), Daniel Sedin(UP), Henrik Sedin(UP), Mike Green(UP), Blake Wheeler(DOWN), Tobias Enstrom(DOWN)

Some players(32) well over it Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, Thomas Vanek, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin, Paul Stastny, Marian Gaborik, Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Campbell, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Zach Parise, Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Spezza, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle, Jay Bouwmeester, Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom.

49 Players(+2 extensions) make at or more than Jordan Eberle, and another 26, for a total of 75 players (+2) within range of his salary. Is Jordan Eberle one of the top 49 players in the NHL? Will he remain that way through his contract.

So the poll based on the recent signing of Joe Pavelski, who is now signed for the same amount of time as Jordan Eberle, both become UFA in 2019. Pavelski is on $4M then $6M for the next 5 Years, so total $34M.

Eberle will be $6M for the full term, so $36M.

Who would you rather have?

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