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10:19 AM ET 09.22 | John Tavares, who has emerged as one of hockey's elite players, will earn less money this year than either Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle and, a year from now, less than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Tavares will be paid $5.5 million this season, just a touch more than Phil Kessel, and for the next four years a lot less than Kessel, Hall, Eberle and the pencil-thin Nugent-Hopkins, who signed that head-shaking seven-year, $42-million deal this week. The Oilers now have three players, 23 years and under, each of them with their financial futures insured. None of them have to be concerned about their next contracts in any way. The team had better hope they have the right three here. The Oilers are paying their players, not for what they have produced, but what they believe they will produce. That is an expensive gamble on their part.

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September 22, 2013  10:27 AM ET

and for the next four years a lot less than Kessel

Can you make less than 0? Kessel isn't signed to a contract yet so that's his income.

September 22, 2013  11:17 AM ET

I could care less who makes what if I was taking home $$ for something I loved doing, a dream come true. And who knows what expenses the guy making more than me would have, how you handle the money is more important than going bankrupt like I have seen many athletes do.

September 22, 2013  01:14 PM ET
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and for the next four years a lot less than KesselCan you make less than 0? Kessel isn't signed to a contract yet so that's his income.

Actually he is signed till the end of the season. Then his income will be 0......then he will sign and make more than the other guys......I suspect.

I think they want to have a core for a long time, but that's more than a tad risky. He's a great player, but still needs to do a tad more IMO.

September 22, 2013  01:16 PM ET
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I could care less who makes what if I was taking home $$ for something I loved doing, a dream come true. And who knows what expenses the guy making more than me would have, how you handle the money is more important than going bankrupt like I have seen many athletes do.

As well as rock stars, models, artists, and **** stars!

I agree, and was happy to see Crosby back when he signed the first time, taking less money to keep the team together.

 
September 22, 2013  05:57 PM ET

"The Oilers are paying their players, not for what they have produced, but what they believe they will produce."

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has the goods to be a player for years to come in the NHL but, a desperate and inept GM decided to risk it by throwing this fragile kid to the wolves too soon with very little in a way of a supporting cast. A huge mistake and the kid's paid for it with injuries. FCOL, it doesn't look like the kid is shaving yet but was expected to be their #1 Center. Should've allowed him to develop and mature physically for a year or two before putting him up against men.

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