Report: Mayer Wants $9 Million a Year?

Does Timo Meier want to join the $9 million club?

That’s what the Athletic’s Pierre Lebrun had to say about the San Jose Sharks star on Thursday. Otherwise, the pending acquisition request is due a qualifying offer of $10 million.

“If a qualifying offer scares teams away, know that it won’t be much cheaper to extend.” Insider wrote. “I think asking for a new contract starts with at least a nine.”

The 26-year-old winger is probably worth it: Since the start of last season, Mayer is 14th in the NHL with 63 goals and tied for the league lead with 549 shots.

It appears Mayer is trying to join a select group of, according to Puckpedia, 22 forwards with a cap of $9 million or more. Among the wingers on this list are Artemy Panarin, Mitch Marner, Patrick Kane, Johnny Goudreau, Mark Stone, Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov, Matthew Tkachuk, Mikko Rantanen, Kirill Kaprizov, and Jeff Skinner.

Tkachuk is the newest member of this group — he signed an eight-year, $76 million (US$9.5 million) contract in July 2022 — and all that said, he’s reasonable company. Like Meier, Tkachuk was a RFA commentator before his big payday – even though he’s the junior (24) and is generally considered the best of the two elite wings.

So who’s picking up a tab on Meyer?

The prevailing thought, for now, is that it wouldn’t be the San Jose Sharks. LeBrun, for one, believes GM Mike Grier will eventually trade Meier. For what it’s worth, I do too.

For now, Meyer is with the Sharks. His agent, Claude Lemieux, didn’t slam the door on Mayer’s recent return, telling San Jose Hockey now, “Both options are still very real, trade or sign.”

Lemieux doesn’t close the door on Meier’s return to the Sharks

So how will Meyer’s new contract, let’s say eight years, $72 million, fit into the San Jose Sharks’ salary structure next season?

Here’s what San Jose has on the books next year:

attackers 2023-24
Meyer, Timo $9 million
Hertel, Thomas $8,137,500
Couture, Logan $8,000,000
LaBanque, Kevin $4,725,000
Konin, Luke $2,750,000
Lindblom, Oscar $2,500,000
Barabanov, Alexander $2,500,000
Nico Sturm $2,000,000
Lorentz, Stephen $1,050,000
sum $40,662,500
defense 2023-24
Carlson. Eric $11,500,000
Vlasic, Mark Edward $7,000,000
Ferraro, Mario $3,250,000
Simek, Radim $2,250,000
Benning, Matthew $1,250,000
McDonald, Jacob $762,500
Megna, Jacob $762,500
sum $26,775,000
Objectives 2023-24
Kähkönen, Kapo $2,750,000
sum $2,750,000
retained 2023-24
Burns, Brent $2,720,000
sum $2,720,000
Purchase 2023-24
Jones, Martin $2,916,667
Cherry, Rudolfs $308,334
sum $3,225,001
2023-24 total $76,132,501

It looks like there’s about $7 million left for four more forwards and a goalkeeper, which isn’t much. So the Sharks will likely make other drastic moves to fit into Mayer’s new contract. But it is possible.

“It would be nice if we didn’t [have to worry about the salary cap]’” Greer recently said, “But we do, and there’s only so much money to go around.” “

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