Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews ($ 15.2 million) and Mitch Marner ($ 14.3 million) will receive the largest payments on July 1. Connor McDavid (Oilers) is third in the NHL with $ 13 million, and Artemi Panarin (Rangers) fourth with $ 12 million, according to CapFriendly.com.
The agreement to pay players and not to delay was reached on Tuesday between the NHL and the NHLPA. The two sides are in the midst of negotiations over a league plan to restart with a 24-team tournament in two major cities this summer. The parties have not yet finalized the health and safety protocols for the games or announced the main cities.
Sources told ESPN that Toronto, Edmonton, Las Vegas and Chicago remain in the mix, although there is momentum for two central Canadian cities to be chosen, given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in several American states.
The NHL and NHLPA hope to announce an extension to the collective agreement in the coming days.