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FILE - In this April 8, 2017, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid skates with the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Oilers have signed star captain Connor McDavid to an eight-year, $100 million deal, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File) **FILE**

Oilers sign star Connor McDavid to 8-year, $100 million deal

Associated Press

The Oilers said Wednesday that the team and McDavid have agreed to an eight-year, $100 million extension. That makes the 20-year-old league MVP the highest-paid player in the NHL on an annual basis ($12.5 million per season), but it’s about $750,000 a year less than what reports last week figured he would be getting.

Former Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk turned down more money and less years to sign with his hometown New York Rangers. (Associated Press)

NHL free agents follow NBA path in picking teams

- Associated Press

The NHL is becoming more like the NBA with top players forgoing longer, big-money contracts to pick their preferred destination, a trend that has added a new wrinkle to free agency.

The Washington Capitals re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov on Sunday to a $62.4 million, eight-year deal. (Associated Press).

Marcus Johansson trade makes room for Evgeny Kuznetsov

- Associated Press

The Washington Capitals re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov on Sunday to a $62.4 million, eight-year deal and made room for him by trading Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils.

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Justin Williams (14) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Washington. The Carolina Hurricanes opened free agency Saturday, Jauly 1, 2017,  by bringing back 35-year-old forward Justin Williams on a two-year deal worth $9 million.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

What are the cash-strapped Capitals going to do?

- The Washington Times

The Capitals still have to re-sign restricted free agents Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer with only $12.45 million of cap room remaining. But more concerning, how much money will be left to fill out the bottom of the roster?

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