Wild West: Contract Clauses – Part Two

Grant Campbell

2020-12-07

This week we will look at Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota and Nashville and look at the players that have an NMC, NTC or M-NTC and see how this might influence each team moving forward.

Dallas

Tyler Seguin – Has an NMC with seven years remaining at $9.85 million AAV. If Seguin can get back to a point per game, this deal will only be problematic in four to five seasons rather than two to three if he doesn't.

Jamie Benn – Has an NMC with five years remaining at $9.5 million AAV. It's hard to believe that Benn finished second in the league in scoring in 2015-16 with 89 points and over his past 147 games has 0.63 pts/game. At 31 years of age, this contract is already an issue that might be an absolute anchor in three to four years.

Joe Pavelski – Has an NMC with two years remaining at $7 million AAV. Pavelski struggled in the regular season but co-led the NHL in goals in the playoffs with 13. At 36-years old the Stars overpaid to get one or two productive seasons from Pavelski and anything more would be gravy. The cap hit in year three is more an issue than Pavelski's play by that point.

Alexander Radulov – Has an NMC and M-NTC with two years remaining at $6.25 million AAV with the ability to submit a 15-team no-trade list. The Stars will still have a market if they wish to move Radulov in theory, but at 34-years old and with declining production and with his salary, the reality might be different.

Andrew Cogliano – Has an M-NTC in his last year of a $3.25 million contract in which he can submit a six-team no-trade list. With three goals in 68 games last season, the Stars might be able to move Cogliano at the deadline if they wish, but more than likely will keep him as they should be in the hunt again.

Ben Bishop – Has an NMC and an M-NTC with three years remaining with just under $4.92 million AAV in which he can submit a 10-team no-trade list. Bishop battled injury last season and lost his starting role in the playoffs as the Stars went all the way to the finals. At 34-years old, he and Khudobin both have clauses for the next three seasons that will effectively prevent Jake Oettinger from getting into the NHL regularly unless either gets injured. I'd expect something to change to allow Oettinger a spot in that time frame.

Anton Khudobin – Has an M-NTC with three years remaining at $3.33 million AAV where he can submit a four-team no-trade list. Imagine being a team