Colorado Avalanche is making Nathan MacKinnon the highest-paid player in the NHL’s salary cap era.
MacKinnon, who turned 27 earlier this month, signed an eight-year, $100.8 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not released the terms of the contract.
His new $12.6 million salary comes into effect at the start of the 2023-24 season, surpassing Connor McDavid’s $12.5 million as the highest in the league. McDavid’s eight-year, $100 million deal with Edmonton Oilers signed in 2017 was the previous record for the highest annual cap since the system went live in 2005.
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The only rich deals against MacKinnon in the age of cap are: Alex Ovechkin with $124 million, 13-year contract with Washington, $110 million with Shea Weber, 14-year contract with Nashville and 104.4 million dollars Sidney Crosby, 12-year contract with Pittsburgh. The collective bargaining agreement has since limited the contract period to eight years for a player re-signing with his team and seven for free agents.
MacKinnon agrees to a deal with training camp about to begin. It was a brief season for MacKinnon and Avalanche after they won their first Stanley Cup title since 2001.
The fast-shooting, fast-skating center led the league with 13 goals after the season. It is the second-highest goal in a playoff game in franchise history, behind only 18 goals by Hall of Famer Joe Sakic in 1996 (when Colorado won its first Cup).
MacKinnon, the top overall pick in the 2013 draft, has been a Hart Trophy finalist in three of the past five seasons (’17 -18, ’18-19, ’20 -21). He has 242 career goals and 406 assists – the most of anyone in his reserve class.
“Nathan is clearly one of the NHL’s top players so a long-term extension is something we want to do before the season even starts,” Avalanche General Manager Chris MacFarland said in a statement on Tuesday. about the extension. “He has a rare combination of speed and power with a high level of competition that makes him a generational player. We are delighted that he will continue to be a member of this team and this community for many years to come.”
For years, MacKinnon was known as the lowest paid player in hockey – a title he really didn’t care about. Now, he’s got another one – the Stanley Cup championship.
He is part of a core Avalanche team that also includes defender Cale Makar, striker Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabriel Landeskog.
“Definitely Denver is the only place I want to be,” MacKinnon recently said in Henderson, Nevada, during a pre-season players media tour.
McDavid considers being overtaken as the highest-paid player, “good for hockey I guess, to keep raising the bar.”
“But in the end the salary cap system is a weird system where the more you make, the less other people make,” added McDavid. “It’s a strange system in that way. There is always give and take. “
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