New TV deal means young Oilers likely sticking around

The new Rogers deal with the NHL will result in an increased salary cap, meaning for the first time...

The new Rogers deal with the NHL will result in an increased salary cap, meaning for the first time the team's stars could spend their entire career in Edmonton. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - Suddenly those long-term $6-million-a-year contracts to Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins look exceptionally intelligent.

Brilliant, even. Inspired.

The new $5.2-billion, 12-year NHL television rights holder deal announced Tuesday with Rogers Sportsnet is totally going to change the landscape of the game in Canada. And while it leaves the best hockey broadcasters in the business at TSN on the outside looking in and could have the same negative effect of ditching ESPN in the U.S. for a cash grab, there’s every evidence it’s going to be excellent for Edmonton and the Oilers.

First thing is that the salary cap is going to go up.

Daryl Katz’s hockey club, especially going into a new state-of-the-art downtown arena, is going to be a spend-to-the-cap team even if the cap suddenly rockets from the current $64.3 million toward the upper limit of $80 million.


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