steven stamkos has an AAV of $8,500,000 and since he's their captain I don't really think they can give kucherov more than that because it seemed like the precedent was set when hedman only got 7,875,000 AAV
Kucherov isn’t taking that much of a paycut. Over the last four seasons, only Crosby, Kane, and Benn have scored more points than him. $10 million would be a bargain. On the open market, he gets at least what Tavares just got. He got fucked on his last deal. It’s not happening again. I feel confident in saying he’d rather go back to Russia than accept less than his market value again.