Alex Killorn 4x$6.25M in Anaheim
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2023
And in the end, that’s exactly what happened: Killorn signed a huge four-year contract for $25 million. That’s an average of $6.25 million per season.
In fact, it’s the biggest deal of the day so far: Joonas Korpisalo comes in second at $20M, also over two seasons.
Clearly, at this price, the Lightning couldn’t afford to match the offer. We know that the Florida outfit wanted to try and keep him by offering him many years at a lower salary, but in the end, Killorn opted for a slightly shorter contract, but at a clearly higher salary.
The contract obviously comes with a large dose of risk. Killorn will be 34 at the start of next season, and he’s coming off the best two seasons of his career (59 points in 2021-22, 64 points in 2022-23). Clearly, we’re paying him at the peak of his value, and we’re paying him as he ages.
That said, Killorn is likely to be a nice supporting player in a young Anaheim line-up. He’s been a big part of the Lightning’s recent successes, and in Anaheim, he’ll provide a little help for youngsters Trevor Zegras and Mason McTavish, to name but two.
Such is the reality of a salary cap that clearly won’t go up.