It's not only happening in the NHL, it's happening in every single sport. Salaries are going to eventually fly through the roof. Nathan MacKinnon
signed a contract that made him the highest paid player in NHL's History, at $12,600,000, $100,000 more than Connor McDavid
, who recently held that title.
Austin Matthews contract is up next year with the Toronto Maple Leafs. How much is he going to get after the MacKinnon signing? He is not worth more than Nathan, but he may get more, judging by how contracts are being dealt today. There are 5 players over the 11 million dollar mark. Those players are Erik Karlson, Artemi Panarin
, Austin Matthews, Connor McDavid
, and Nathan MacKinnon
Is it necessarily bad? No. It's just that the culture is changing, player salaries are going sky high, and the sports world is going to have to be ready for it.
Sadly with the cap space going up, that means the NHL will be pushing Jersey and helmet advertisements even more.