Wild West: Contract Clauses – Part Three

Grant Campbell

2020-12-14

This week we will look at San Jose, St. Louis, and Vancouver, Vegas and Winnipeg and look at the players that have an NMC, NTC or M-NTC and see how this might influence each team moving forward. Another important aspect to the NMC is that the teams need to protect these players in the upcoming expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken and this might have ramifications for other players on the team's rosters that might need to be left unprotected.

San Jose

Logan Couture – Has an M-NTC that allows him to submit a list of three teams he can be traded to for the remaining seven years of his $8 million AAV contract. At 31 years of age, this contract and clause is and will be very limiting to management and will be an issue in three to four seasons.

Evander Kane – Has an M-NTC that allows him to submit a three-team trade list for the remaining five seasons at $7 million AAV. Once one player has a pretty good clause, other players will demand similar deals and that is what has happened in San Jose. Kane is 29-years old and should be productive in at least three or four of the years remaining on this deal.

Tomas Hertl – Has an M-NTC that allows him to submit a three-team trade list for the last two seasons of his contract with a $5.625 million AAV. Hertl is 27-years old and will be unrestricted at the end of 2021-22 if the Sharks don't extend him before then. The Sharks are going to have cap issues every year for the next four or five, so extending Hertl will not be easy.

Erik Karlsson – Has an NMC for the remaining seven years on his $11.5 million AAV contract. He is now 30 years old and will be 37 years old when the contract expires. Karlsson has the lower body of a 45-year old so I'm not sure how this deal will play out. I'm sure the Sharks will be over the moon if Karlsson can play 60 plus games in at least five of those seven years remaining.

Brent Burns – Has an M-NTC for the remaining five years on his $8 million AAV contract that allows him like most Sharks, to submit a list of three teams he can be traded to. He is 35-years old and his contract will expire when he is 40-years old. Last season's drop off both offensively and defensively for Burns must be very concerning for Sharks management and this upcoming 56-game schedule will be very telling for the last four years of this deal and whether the Sharks will be looking at a few years of sub-par contract space.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Has an NMC for the next three seasons of his $7 million AAV contract and an M-NTC like the rest of the Shark players that allows him to submit a three-team no-trade list for the last three years of the six years remaining. At 33-years old, his contract will expire when he is 39-years old and this extension, in salary and term alone is baffling, but throw in the clauses and it is an outright mistake that will haunt this team for the next five or six years.

Martin Jones – Has an M-NTC on the remaining four seasons of his $5.75 million contract that allows him to submit a list of three teams he can be traded to. With his diminishing play this clause, most likely won't come into play because not many teams would want Jones at the salary and term h