Zach Parise is a six-time 30-goal scorer, who has 318 goals and 661 points in 830 career games. He and the Devils reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, but lost to the Kings.
Joe Pavelski, the captain of the Sharks, has similar career numbers to Zach Parise — 631 points in 806 games — and is also without a ring, losing in his lone Final appearance in 2016 against the Penguins.
New contracts, greater expectations and pressure to repeat rookie successes in the hockey-crazed Toronto market are major things these youngsters have to deal with this season. Whether it is to get in a better position to earn a massive payday or just the desire to win the ultimate prize, a step back can be costly in both pursuits.
On the financial front, take the cases of Nathan MacKinnon and Aaron Ekblad, who each recently won the Calder after being selected first overall. MacKinnon’s production dropped from 63 points to 38 in his second year, while Ekblad’s performance remained steady in his sophomore campaign.
MacKinnon rebounded in the final year of his entry-level contract with 52 points, but his new deal is a team-friendly $6.3 million per season for seven years. Ekblad, though, signed an eight-year max contract ($7.5 million AAV) with time still remaining on his entry-level deal.
Pastrnak, a restricted free agent, is coming off an age-20 season in which he scored 34 goals, tied for 10th most in the NHL, with 70 points. Earlier this summer, the sides were said to be closing on a six-year deal similar in average annual value to Brad Marchand (eight years, $49 million), but that was before the likes of Connor McDavid and Evgeny Kuznetsov inflated the market for high-end young Cheap NFL Jerseys talent.
Pastrnak and the Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl remain the biggest RFA cases Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys left unresolved with training camps less than a month away.