Atlantic Division Star Takes A Shot At Connor McDavid

Published September 18, 2023 at 8:55 PM

In a recent interview, this Atlantic Division star takes a backhanded shot at Connor McDavid and others.

Tim Stutzle Takes Shot at McDavid's Pay in Recent Interview

In a recent interview with the Athletic, Tim Stutzle made comments about why he thought the Senators were poised to win with their core. He believes that its too difficult to win when players make too much money.

Personally, I think if someone is making $10 or $11 million it makes it hard to win with the salary cap." Stutzle said. "But with everyone making under $9 million in our young core, I think we have a really good chance to win. And the only goal I really have is to win a Stanley Cup with this group of guys."

This is clearly a shot at players in the league making over 10 million dollars, and it's hard not to think of McDavid since he was the highest-paid player in the league until Matthews signed his extension.

Stutzle signed his 8-year contract extension a year ago worth $8.35 million AAV. The Senators Captain, Brady Tkachuk, is poised to make a little over $8.2 million this year, and Thomas Chabot will make $8 million.

Does Paying Over 9 Million Hurt Your Chances at Winning the Cup?

Even though what Stutzle is saying makes sense, it doesn't fully track. Last year, Vegas won the cup with two players making over 9 million on the roster, Mark Stone and Jack Eichel. The year prior, Makar and Rantanen were over 9 million with the Avalanche.

So, there is potential for teams with guys making their money to win the Cup.
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Atlantic Division Star Takes A Shot At Connor McDavid

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