When the Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid’s agent work to complete a new contract, it should be viewed as a conversation more than a negotiation.
You don’t play hardball with a hockey player of McDavid’s stature.
While it is always complicated when you are discussing a long-term deal — and one at more than $100 million at that — this is not the kind where the two sides haggle over every last nickel and dime. It’s likely contract language holds up any deal, and not money.
In these situations, a general manager’s job is to explain what his team’s short- and long-term goals are and how much money he will need to pay other players. Then, he simply asks the agent what the star player believes is a fair wage.
Under the collective bargaining agreement, a player can receive up to 20 percent of the salary cap. No player has received that high of a percentage. But if…