Nicklas Backstrom is among the players signed to a fantasy-friendly long-term contract. There are several others around the league, too.
A couple of weeks ago, I joined a dynasty keeper league that is starting from scratch. It’s a cap league, with all sorts of different scoring and categories.
Saddled with the 28th and 33rd pick overall, I made a trade and also wound up with the 27th pick. So I selected Tyler Johnson, Semyon Varlamov and Kevin Shattenkirk. Not bad, but Johnson and Shattenkirk will get new contract in two years, probably big enough to screw up my cap at that point.
That led me to thinking about long-term keepers with great cap hits. Guys like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin may be worth the money, but they can also eat up 10 to 15 per cent of your team cap.