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PHT Morning Skate: 3 players that could overtake McDavid as highest-paid NHLer

Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Seven

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 25: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators lines up for a face-off in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on May 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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--Connor McDavid signed a 100-million contract on Wednesday. When it kicks in, he’ll be the highest paid player in the NHL. The Score took the opportunity to break down three players that could challenge McDavid for the title of highest paid player in the league. Sens defenseman Erik Karlsson might be right up there when he has to renew his contract. (The Score)

--Now that McDavid has inked his new deal, Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet looks at what the McDavid contract means for Leon Draisaitl and his future salary. (Sportsnet)

--Speaking of McDavid, he was challenged by bobsledder Kailie Humphries to do a lateral jump and sprawl. The Oilers captain didn’t shy away from the challenge. (

--A few free agents decided to return to their old teams this summer, so Sean McIndoe looks at five hall-of-famers that returned to their old teams in free agency. When Mark Messier left the Rangers to sign with Vancouver, it didn’t work out for New York or their former captain. A reunion was just what the doctor ordered. (The Hockey News)

--Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne wrote a great piece for The Players’ Tribune about how heartbreaking it was to lose the Stanley Cup Final to Pittsburgh. “I didn’t cry. Not right then, anyway. At first — I don’t even know how to describe it. It was just this emptiness. All of a sudden, they scored. And that was just … it. Suddenly, you moved around, and it felt super heavy. And your body felt heavy. And you felt so tired. You couldn’t cry, not even if you wanted to.” (The Players’ Tribune)

--The Tampa Bay Lightning have a number of interesting prospects in their system. The people at ranked the organization’s top 25 prospects. Newcomer Mikael Sergachev, who was acquired from Montreal for Jonathan Drouin, is at the top of the list. (